Medical Assistant

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High Skill, High Demand

Program Overview

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.

  • 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 and time management skills.
  • Construct a resume.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

 The five year weighted average of graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Northwest Kansas Technical College are satisfied with the education that they receive at Northwest Kansas Technical College institution, as there is an average 98.25% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years, based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N. Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Medical Assisting Education Review Board (maerb.org)
American Association of Medical Assistant
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
1-800-228-2262
www.maerb.org

Lois Seibert
Medical Assistant Instructor/Program Director
Phone: (785) 890-1587
Email: lois.seibert@nwktc.edu

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books, supplies, iPads, clothing and tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet.

The Medical Assistant 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.

Program Length

10 Months
August-May

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

$25,000-35,000 per year

Course Outline

Download a PDF version of the course outline.

  • Brenda Chatfield, VP Academic & Student Affairs
  • Scott Focke, Citizens Medical Center, Clinic Admin
  • Jackie Jorgenson, APRN, GRHC
  • Eryn VanVleet, RN, GRHC
  • Sue McCraken, Administrative RN, GRHC
  • Jennifer Mazanec, Placement Specialist, Colby
  • Peggy Warren, LPN, GRHC
  • Pam Whitson, Community Member
  • Regina Barnes, RN, Sherman County Health Center
  • Ruby Smith-RMA Graduate of NWKTC

Admissions Checklist

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 AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

  • Background Check Completed

  • Certificate of Health Submitted

  • Immunizations Completed and Record Submitted

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.

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 admission@nwktc.edu. All listed items must be completed and submitted in-full prior to the first day of class.