What is Medical Assisting?
Medical Assisting is a year-around program and students can earn a diploma in one year and an associate in applied science degree in one year and one additional semester.
What will I do on the job?
Perform administrative and clinical/technical skills like:
- scheduling and monitoring appointments
- arranging hospital and outpatient admissions
- managing medical records
- processing insurance claims
- managing office financial records
- preparing patients for exams, procedures, and treatments
- assisting with physical examinations.
- recording medical histories.
- taking vital signs.
- charting patient information.
- administering medications and injections.
- performing electrocardiograms.
- assisting with minor office surgeries.
- performing venipuncture.
- collecting/preparing specimens.
- performing basic laboratory tests.
- performing radiography (after receiving additional education).
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.
Job placement for OCTC's Medical Assisting program for 2019 was 83.33%.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
- Medical Assisting - AAS Pathway 1 (60-67 credit hours)
- Medical Assisting - Diploma (46-53 credit hours)
- Medical Assisting - Certificate (38-44 credit hours)
- Medical Office Administrative Assistant - Certificate (15-19 credit hours)
- Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding - Certificate (12-16 credit hours)
- Electrocardiograph Technician - Certificate (17-22 credit hours)
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Length of Program
The program length is one year for the Medical Assisting Diploma and one additional semester for the AAS in Medical Assisting.
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.
Medical Assisting Program Goals
- Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive, psychomotor, and
affective learning domains, to meet the growing demands of the healthcare industry
throughout the Owensboro Community and Technical College service area that includes,
Daviess, Hancock, McLean, and Ohio counties in Kentucky.
- Prepare proficient graduates for successful completion of a national certification
exam in medical assisting.
- Prepare a medical assistant workforce that demonstrates an exemplary work attitude
and ethic including but not limited to: critical thinking, taking responsibility,
self-discipline, being a good team member, safety consciousness, showing respect for
others, honesty, dependability, productivity, and acceptance of advice: to meet the
expectations of the healthcare employer.
- Provide an educational pathway incorporating stackable credentials for students pursuing
a profession in medical assisting.
- Create an educational pathway for students seeking employment in a high demand healthcare
- Partner with local healthcare professionals to assure program content is relevant and consistent with the needs of the healthcare industry.
The Medical Assisting Technology program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP)
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