Medical Assisting | BCTC

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers a diploma program for the medical assisting student. Our school currently offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science, which the medical assisting student can pursue as long as they meet required test scores prior to admission. Additional options include: Medical Office Clinical Assistant Certificate, Medical Office Administrative Assistant Certificate, and Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding Certificate.

The Medical Assisting program prepares the graduate to become an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room, and the physician s laboratory. Individuals in this unique position will be involved in many of the following tasks:

  • Administrative: schedule and receive patients, perform telephone and written communications, and arrange hospital admissions.
  • Clerical: manage medical records, process insurance forms, keep office financial records, and maintain inventory.
  • Patient Care: prepare patient for examination, record medical histories, take vital signs, chart patient information, administer medications and injections, and provide patient instruction and education.
  • Office Laboratory: draw blood and prepare other specimens for examination, perform electrocardiograms, assist with x-ray procedures, sterilize instruments, and perform basic laboratory tests.

The Medical Assistant is a vital liaison between the doctor and the patient and plays an important role in diagnosis and treatment. The many different roles assumed in this profession assure a fast moving and challenging career.

Accreditation and Certification

The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Leestown Campus Diploma Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Graduates of this program must meet eligibility requirements for taking the national certification examination in medical assisting by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Upon passing the certification examination, the students may use the credential CMA (AAMA) following their name with all rights and privileges. For further information regarding certification requirements or questions regarding the medical assisting profession contact:

American Association of Medical Assistants

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (800) 228-2262
Fax: (312) 899-1259
E-Mail: Certification Department

For more information regarding the medical assisting program and certification requirements contact:

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
164 Opportunity Way
Lexington, KY 40511-2623
(855) 246-2477

Admission Requirements

Medical Assisting Admission Requirements

Program Placement

In the event that the number of applicants exceeds maximum capacity, a college admission committee will determine student selection. Students will be notified by letter regarding admission into the Medical Assisting program. Each college will determine the admission committee membership.

Please note that admission to the Medical Assisting program is not based on a selective admissions process at this time. We may elect to choose a selective admissions process for future academic years.