The Medical Assistant program is designed to provide you with the necessary job skills and related technical information to work as an entry-level medical assistant in a medical facility. You learn to perform clerical functions such as: scheduling and receiving patients, obtaining and maintaining patient data, completing insurance forms, and arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services. Further, you learn medical transcription, telephone etiquette, billing, collection, and bookkeeping. You also learn the correct format for typing and keyboarding of letters, reports and manuscripts.
The clinical functions you learn to perform include: taking and recording vital signs and patient histories; performing height and weight measurements for infants through adults; screening for visual acuity and color vision acuity; assisting with examinations, treatments, and office surgery; collecting of specimens through venipuncture; and performing simple lab tests and electrocardiograms. You also learn about sterilization procedures, instruments and equipment, disposal procedures for contaminated supplies, patient preparation procedures for X-ray and laboratory examination, removing sutures, and performing basic first aid and CPR procedures.
The Northwest Kansas Technical College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MARERB).
Commision on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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- Demonstrate professionalism.
- Demonstrate Transcription Techniques.
- Demonstrate ICD and CPT coding procedures.
- Demonstrate phlebotomy and entry-level laboratory testing.
- Comply with principles of aseptic techniques and infection control.
- Demonstrate proficiency in medical office applications.
- Prepare patients and assist physicians with medical procedures.
- Perform reception and administrative duties.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Pharmacology.
- Apply ethical concepts in the field of medicine.
- Demonstrate mathematical and reasoning skills.
- Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, & time management skills.
- Construct a resume.
|First Year, First Semester||Credits|
|Medical Professional Issues||2|
|Patient Care I||3|
|Medical Administrative Aspects||4|
|Anatomy & Physiology||5|
|Computer Fundamentals and Applications||3|
|Total Semester Hours||24|
|First Year, Second Semester||Credits|
|Insurance Billing & Coding||3|
|Patient Care II||4|
|Clinical Lab Diagnosis||5|
|Medical Assisting Practicum||6|
|English Composition I||3|
|Total Semester Hours||26|
|Total Program Hours||50|
|**General Education Electives||10|
**Ten (10) credit hours of approved general education courses are required to receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assistant. A student can opt to not take the ten credit hours of general education coursework and instead earn a Technical Certificate C in Medical Assisting if they so choose.
Medical Assistant Instructor/
Phone: (785) 890-1587
The Medical Assistanting program prepares competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skill), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
As one of the fasted growing allied health care careers medical assisting offers terrific opportunities for advancement. Medical assistants can advance to office manager, clinical supervisor, or qualify for a variety of administrative support occupations. Some medical assistants choose to teach medical assisting. Others choose to obtain a bachelor’s degree in human services, health promotion, or health services management, to name a few.
Medical assistants are paid competitive wages and can receive valuable benefits. More importantly, they have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Medical Assistant program.
- A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted
- $25 Application Fee Paid
- High School or GED Transcript Submitted
- (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted
- ACT or Compass Scores Submitted (Compass Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)
- Background Check Completed
- Certificate of Health Submitted
- Immunizations Completed and Record Submitted
Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with email@example.com. All listed items must be completed and submitted in-full prior to the first day of class.
Departmental Admissions Stipulation
A Medical Assistant student must be 18 years of age prior to the completion of the program of study.
Required Immunization & Testing
Upon starting the Medical Assistant program, student will be required to submit proof of the following items: Tetanus immunization, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunization, Hepatitis B immunization, and a TB test.
Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)
- Dalene Coglazier
Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital
- Jackie Jorgensen
Goodland Regional Medical Center
- David Voss
Unicare; Colby, KS
- Vicki Nolan
Greeley County Hospital
- Chardell Parke
Quest Diagnostics; Hays, KS
- Courtney Knox
Vision Source; Goodland, KS
- Scott Focke
Family Center for Health Care
- Burlay Parks
Wallace County Family Practice
- Linda Taylor
Sheridan County Health Complex
- Janie Klein
Hess Clinic; Hays, KS
- Cheryl Ann Lee, RN
Sherman County Health Department
- Jonna Miller
- Karen Lucas
- Pam Whitson
- Brenda Chatfield