Medical assistants are multi-skilled professionals trained to assist with office and clinical procedures in medical facilities and outpatient centers under the direct supervision of a health care provider. The Medical Assistant Program at KCC is designed not only to foster the skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice, but also places emphasis on professional attitudes, values and behaviors that encourage the professional growth of the individual student.
Clinical learning experiences are provided by affiliating hospitals, clinics and other outpatient facilities. Didactic learning experiences occur in supportive college coursework delivered through an online environment and laboratory practice. Both are equally important to the development of the competent Medical Assistant.
The Medical Assistant Program is a certificate program, with the opportunity for certification in phlebotomy and additional certification in other areas of health care, i.e. EKG. The program has been developed to be consistent with standards and requirements of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Program, graduates will be eligible to take the AAMA exam. Upon passing the AAMA exam, Medical Assistants will have earned their CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) certification. Students wishing to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting must successfully complete the Medical Assistant Certificate and must satisfy the General Education requirements of College.
For more information about KCC’s Medical Assistant Program, see:
- KCC’s latest Academic Catalog
- The Allied Health Professional course descriptions and Medical Assistant course description pages
- Information about Medical Assistant careers
- Information about why you should study Medical Assistant at KCC
Medical Assistant Certificate
Medical Assistant Program students must complete the KCCS-C100: Online Learner Orientation and the following courses to earn the Medical Assistant Certificate at KCC:
- FYS 101: First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
- ALHE 227: Medical Terminology (2 credits)
- ALHE 100: Introduction to Computers in Health Occupations (2 credits)
- ALHE 101: Medical Law and Ethics in Health Care (2 credits)
- ALHE 102: Applied Communication for Health Care Professionals (2 credits)
- ALHE 103: Body Function and Structure for Allied Health Professionals (3 credits)
- MEAS 101: MA Clinical Procedures 1 (3 credits)
- ALHE 106: Pathology and Prevention in Health Care (3 credits)
- ALHE 104: Administration and Safety for Allied Health Professionals (3 credits)
- MEAS 100: Pharmacology for Medical Assistants (3 credits)
- MEAS 201: MA Clinical Procedures 2 (3 credits)
- ALHE 222: Phlebotomy (3 credits)
- MEAS 202: MA Practicum (4 credits)
Gainful Employment Disclosure
For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Medical Assistant Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Medical Assistant Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure.
The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.
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Medical Assistant Careers
According to the 2015 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Medical Assisting field has a 29 percent growth outlook through 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations. The Medical Assistant Program at KCC is designed not only to foster the skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice, but also places emphasis on professional attitudes, values and behaviors that encourage the professional growth of the individual student.
Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information
For the latest employment and wage estimates for medical assistant careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.
Why Study Medical Assistant at KCC?
The design of this program is with the busy student in mind. Many students are looking to increase their skills but need to work making it very challenging to attend courses. This program is unique in the fact that all the course work is on-line or hybrid with minimal set classroom attendance needed. This creates the flexibility that many students need to accommodate their personal situations.
KCC will be seeking approval by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which can be contacted at:
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