What is Medical Assisting?
Medical Assisting is an 11-month program of study arranged in a cohort style, meaning you have courses with the same group of students the entire time that you are pursuing your Medical Assisting credential.
A Medical Assistant is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room and the physician’s laboratory. Individuals in this unique position will be involved in many of the following skills: General health care professional practices, Administrative duties, Clinical preparation for patient examinations, procedures and treatment, record medical histories, take vital signs, chart patient information, administer medications and injections, provide patient instruction and education, perform venipunctures, collect and prepare other specimens, perform electrocardiograms (ECG), sterilize instruments, and perform basic laboratory tests.
The Medical Assistant is a vital liaison between the doctor and patient, and plays an important role in diagnosis and treatment. The many different roles assumed in this profession assure a fast moving and challenging career.
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
- With additional education, perform some radiography
What are my career choices?
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 are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfer
|Medical Assisting AAS: 60-67 Total credit hours||Requirements|
|Medical Assisting - Diploma: 46-53 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||Requirements|
|Medical Office Administrative Assistant Certificate: 15-19 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||Requirements|
|Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding Certificate: 12-16 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||Requirements|
|Electrocardiograph Technician Certificate: 17-22 Total Credit Hours||Requirements|
While earning your AAS, you also earn the diploma and certificates listed.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years 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.