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Medical Assistant program

  • Expert instructors with decades of industry experience
  • Train in labs equipped with high-fidelity manikins
  • Three flexible schedules
  • Prepares you for the CCMA exam
  • You may qualify for financial assistance

Program duration: 22 weeks

Available schedules: Weekday Mornings, Weekday Evenings, & Blended-Week

Enrollment is ongoing for the Medical Assistant program. Scroll down for course details or get info on how to register.

Medical Assistant program info

Program Description

A Medical Assistant (MA) performs administrative and/or clinical tasks to support the work of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals in the delivery of primary healthcare and patient care management.

Our Medical Assistant program provides students with real-world clinical skills that are essential to working in a modern medical facility. An applied learning approach to the curriculum is emphasized throughout to help you further develop the tactile and critical thinking skills necessary to assist with diagnostic procedures, facilitate examination and treatment of patients, perform limited procedures, schedule diagnostic tests and consultations, maintain patient clinical records, and effectively support physicians, nurses, and other interdisciplinary team members.

The MA program provides students with the clinical, technical, and professional skills they need to be successful in the healthcare industry. Instruction will include the fundamentals of medical assisting, laboratory procedures, anatomy, clinical front office management, communication skills, cardiopulmonary and EKG, nutrition and immunology, phlebotomy, medical terminology, first aid applications, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

The program duration is 22 weeks or 730-clock hours, which includes 160 hours of supervised practicum in a clinical setting.

Students will be prepared to assist medical office practitioners in administering therapeutic shots/immunizations, performing lab testing and specimen collection, blood draw using phlebotomy skills, performing patient/client data entry procedures, and customer service skills.

Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Diploma in medical assisting and will have the clinical knowledge and proficiency required of a Medical Assistant.

The Medical Assistant program provides training and prepares students to take any of the national certification examinations – for example the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).  Students will be prepared to take the National Certification exam for Medical Assistant (CCMA) through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Upon successfully passing the NHA CCMA National Certification exam, individuals may gain employment in a variety of medical settings across the United States. Certifications through the NHA are accepted in all 50 US states. 

Program Topics

The program content includes but is not limited to:

  • Foundational knowledge and basic science
  • Health care systems and setting
  • Basic pharmacology
  • Insurance fundamentals
  • Nutrition
  • Medical terminology
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Body structure and organs
  • Pathophysiology and disease process
  • Infection control and prevention
  • First Aid/BLS for healthcare providers
  • Cardiopulmonary and EKG
  • Clinical patient care
  • Patient care coordination and education
  • Administrative assisting (front office)
  • Communication and customer relations
  • Medical law and ethics

CPR/BLS certification is required

Prior to joining the Medical Assistant program, it is required to possess an active CPR/BLS certification for healthcare professionals issued by the American Heart Association (AHA). If you are not yet certified, CPR/BLS courses from the AHA are offered here at MACOHS. 

CPR/BLS Certifications must be from American Heart Association (AHA). Certifications from other providers will not be accepted.

General Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants must submit or meet each of the requirements listed below, and copies of required documents must be submitted to the admissions office before the first day of class.

If you cannot obtain each requirement prior to the start date of your selected program or course, you will need to postpone your enrollment and resubmit a registration for a later start date.

Enrollments are conditional until all fees, paperwork, and admission requirements are completed.

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED*
  • Valid state ID
  • Valid SSN card
  • Negative tuberculosis (TB) test result**
  • CPR/BLS Certification from the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Plain black scrub set and royal blue long-sleeve undershirt
  • White leather or pleather sneakers
  • No facial piercings
  • No long or artificial nails (OSHA requirements)

Mandatory Orientation:

Orientation for each schedule type is held on the Friday before the course start date at 12:00 p.m. 

Orientation will be held on campus and cover a variety of information such as the course expectations, requirements, schedule, LMS walkthrough, etc. 


*Students that have obtained a high school diploma outside of the United States must have their educational credentials evaluated for US equivalency by a professional evaluation agency. Unevaluated foreign high school credentials will not be accepted. 

**The Negative Tuberculosis (TB) test results can be a skin test, blood work, or chest X-Ray.

Externships

Externships are an integral part of the Medical Assistant program. Through partnerships with KU Medical Center, AdventHealth, and HCA Physician Clinics, we’re able to provide our students with real-world experiences during the course of their studies.

Externship days and times are within the course dates but times may vary to align with a nursing community’s shift schedule. Your instructor will provide you up to date info about the Externship for your class.

clinicals
Students and their instructor during a clinical at a nursing community.

Program Schedule

Schedule
Class Time
Externship
Weekday Mornings (Mon. to Thur.)
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
160 hours
Weekday Evenings (Mon. to Thur.)
3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
160 hours
Blended-Week (Thur., Fri., & Sat.)
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
160 hours

Available Start Dates

The following start dates are available for the Weekday Mornings (Mon. to Thur.) program schedule:

  • July 1, 2024 – Nov. 29, 2024
  • July 22, 2024 – Dec. 19, 2024
  • Aug. 12, 2024 – Jan. 23, 2025
  • Sep. 9, 2024 – Feb. 20, 2025
  • Sep. 30, 2024 – Mar. 13, 2025
  • Oct. 21, 2024 – Apr. 3, 2025
  • Nov. 11, 2024 – Apr. 24, 2025
  • Dec. 2, 2024 – May 15, 2025

The following start dates are available for the Weekday Evenings (Mon. to Thur.) program schedule:

  • July 1, 2024 – Nov. 29, 2024
  • July 22, 2024 – Dec. 19, 2024
  • Aug. 12, 2024 – Jan. 23, 2025
  • Sep. 9, 2024 – Feb. 20, 2025
  • Sep. 30, 2024 – Mar. 13, 2025
  • Oct. 21, 2024 – Apr. 3, 2025
  • Nov. 11, 2024 – Apr. 24, 2025
  • Dec. 2, 2024 – May 15, 2025

The following start dates are available for the Blended-Week (Thur., Fri., & Sat.) program schedule:

  • July 11, 2024 – Dec. 7, 2024
  • Aug. 1, 2024 – Dec. 28, 2024
  • Aug. 22, 2024 – Jan. 25, 2025
  • Sep. 19, 2024 – Feb. 22, 2025
  • Oct. 10, 2024 – Mar. 15, 2025
  • Oct. 31, 2024 – Apr. 5, 2025
  • Nov. 21, 2024 – Apr. 26, 2025
  • Dec. 12, 2024 – May 17, 2025
  • Jan. 9, 2025 – June 7, 2025

Financial assistance is available

The Great Jobs KC Job Training Program will pay all tuition and fees for qualifying applicants.

Cost and Registration

The Medical Assistant program is $9,800.00 which includes the cost of tuition, textbooks, and lab supplies. There is an additional $25.00 non-refundable registration fee. 

Acceptable forms of payment are:

  • Cash – (must be exact change)
  • Money order – (made out to Mid-America College of Health Sciences)
  • Cashier’s check – (made out to Mid-America College of Health Sciences)
  • Zelle – (Zelle payments are to be sent to AR@macohs.edu)

 

Tuition and fees are due in full before the first day of class unless the student has been approved for funding by a third-party sponsor or has been approved for a tuition payment plan. Students must meet with our admissions staff and sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement to be approved for a payment plan. Students approved for a payment plan are required to pay a deposit of $2,500.00 before the program start date.

Students may qualify for financial assistance through Great Jobs KCKansas Workforce PartnershipMissouri Full Employment Council (FEC), and more. Please see our Financial Assistance page for more details.

To speak with our admissions staff about this program, text or leave a voicemail at (913) 708-8323 . You can also speak to us in person at
10000 W 75th Street, Suite 241, Merriam, KS 66204 

If you’ve made up your mind, register and start the enrollment process now by clicking the green button. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No, but we have a Blended-Week schedule with classes on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

We also have a Weekday Morning and Weekday Evening schedule. See details above.

No. Graduating from this course does not make you a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). To become a CCMA, you must also take and pass the CCMA through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Info on the requirements of the exam and how to register are available at this NHA page.

After registering to take the CCMA exam, you can take it at our testing center or any other approved testing center of your choice. You’ll earn a CCMA certification if you pass. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait 30 days before you can register for another attempt.

Yes, it expires two (2) years from the date it was issued. More info on how to renew your CCMA certification before it expires is available at this NHA CCMA certification renewal page.