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Medical Assisting

Combine people skills with science and medicine.

If you can combine personal, medical, and scientific skills, this might be the job for you. We can provide the classroom and clinical experience for this fast-moving, challenging career.

What is a medical assistant?

A key member of a health care team who works in the administrative office, examining room, and laboratory. You are a vital liaison between doctor and patient and play an important role in diagnosis and treatment.

What would I do on the job?

Schedule and monitor appointments, arrange hospital and outpatient admissions, manage medical records, process insurance claims, and manage office financial records. What medical and technical tasks would I perform? In the clinical area, you:

  • Prepare patients for exams, procedures, and treatments
  • Assist with physical examinations
  • Record medical histories
  • Take vital signs
  • Chart patient information
  • Administer medications and injections
  • Perform electrocardiograms
  • Assist with minor office surgeries
  • Perform venipuncture
  • Collect and prepare specimens
  • Perform basic laboratory tests
  • With additional education, perform some radiography

Where could I work?

Doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. As health care expands, the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations.

What will I study?

Anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and administrative procedures.

What credentials can I get?

You can earn a degree and diploma in medical assisting. You’ll be prepared to take the certification exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). We also offer the following certificates under Medical Assisting:

Admission Requirements (for Medical Assisting Diploma)

  • Student must meet the minimum COMPASS or ACT score requirements
  • It is preferred, but not required, that general education and support courses be completed prior to program admission
  • A grade of "C" or higher must be achieved on all program required courses

The Medical Assisting Diploma and GO/TS degree is offered on the Maysville and Rowan campuses.  All certificates except ECG Tech can be earned on the Maysville, Rowan, and Licking Valley campuses. ECG Tech is only offered on the Maysville and Rowan campuses.

For More Information

Diana Reeder, Program Coordinator
606-783-1538 ext. 66363
diana.reeder@kctcs.edu

Deanna Butler, Assistant Professor
606-759-7141 ext. 66230
deanna.butler@kctcs.edu

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.