Medical Assistant

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 program duration is 41 weeks or 720-clock hours, which includes 160 hours of supervised practicum in a clinical setting.

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.

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.

Program Topics

The course 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

Pre-Requisite Exams & Courses

A current CPR/BLS certification for healthcare professionals. Only the American Heart Association (AHA) certification will be accepted. We provide CPR/BLS training for an additional fee if you don’t have the certification.

 

General Admission Requirements

Besides the specific course prereqs in the previous section, all prospective applicants must meet the following general admission requirements.

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid state ID
  • Valid SSN card
  • Plain black scrub set
  • Negative covid-19 test result
  • Negative tuberculosis (TB) test result

A covid-19 vaccination record card will do in place of a negative covid-19 test result. The negative test result must be within 2 weeks of the course start date. The TB test can be a skin test, blood work, or chest X-Ray.

Successful applicants are required to attend an orientation on the Friday preceding the course start date at 1:00 pm.

 

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
Mondays
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
150 hours
Wednesdays
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
150 hours

Available Start Dates

Classes for the Medical Assistant program will start at the following dates.

  • July 18, 2022 to Mar. 15, 2023
  • Aug. 22, 2022 to  Apr. 19, 2023
  • Sep. 26, 2022 to May 24, 2023
  • Oct. 31, 2022 to June 28, 2023
  • Dec. 5, 2022 to Aug. 2, 2023

Cost and Registration

Cost for the Medical Assistant program is $7,800, and covers the cost of study book and lab supplies. There’s also a $25 non-refundable application fee and a 2.3% processing charge that applies to every transaction.

Full payment must be made before the first day of class unless approved for a payment plan.

Students may qualify for Kansas Workforce, or MO Full Employment Council (FEC) financial assistance program.

If you’re unable to make a full or partial payment, you may make a non-refundable $100 payment to hold your spot.

To register for this program or to discuss a payment arrangement, call (913) 708-8323 or stop by the office at 10000 W 75th Street, Suite 241, Merriam, KS 66204.

Next Steps

After successfully going through the Medical Assistant program, students are prepared to take the National Certification exam for Medical Assistant (CCMA) through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).