What is Medical Assisting?
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.
Medical Assistant Mandatory Orientation
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What are my career options?
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 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
What will I study?
Anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and administrative procedures.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
You can earn a certificate in medical assisting as well as specialty certificates. You'll be prepared to take the certification exam of the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).
Medical Assisting Certificate
When you complete your Medical Assisting Certificate you will also receive the following certificates.
- Medical Office Administrative Assistant
- Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding
- Electrocardiograph Technician
Admission Requirements (for Medical Assisting Certificate)
Student must meet the minimum Placement Test 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.
Students that are registered for Fall Medical Assisting Classes will be contacted by the program coordinator or program faculty to go over the program information.
There are just 2 general education requirements, along with an active CPR certification and 4 easy steps between YOU and YOUR medical assisting certificate AND with the help of scholarships, you could do it all for FREE!*
Length of Program
You can earn a Medical Assisting Certificate in one year if you maintain full-time status.
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.