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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

  1. Submit a completed application to the school indicating Medical Assisting as your program of choice. You must meet the admissions requirements of the college. This information is available in the Admissions Office.
  2. Students who want to enroll in the Medical Assisting program must set a meeting up with the Coordinator before they can start their Medical Assisting courses:
    Ashley E. Jent, CMA (AAMA), AAS
    Medical Assisting Program Coordinator
    Leestown Campus
    Building M-114
    Please call (859) 246-6668 or email to set up an appointment.
  3. Program admission will be based on successful completion of prerequisite courses. Complete all pre-requisite courses with a C or above. All pre-requisites must be completed before the fall semester for Leestown Campus admission or spring semester for Winchester Campus admission in order to continue in the Medical Assisting Program.
  4. Once admitted to the program, the following health requirements must be provided to the program director by the end of February during the last semester of the program for Leestown Campus and by the end of September for the Winchester Campus. This information is required prior to your Clinical Externship (eight week rotation).
    1. Copy of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) or titre (laboratory test) for MMR.
    2. Copy of proof of TB skin test (good for 1 year from date given)
    3. Copy of proof of tetanus toxoid within the last 10 years or signed waiver.
    4. Copy of proof of Hepatitis B vaccine or signed waiver.
    5. Copy of proof of Varicella injection or documentation that you have had Varicella, your Externship Site may require this.
    6. Flu vaccine may be required by your Externship Site
    7. Background check
    8. Drug Screen
  5. The student must provide a copy to the school of the following requirements for admission to the program:
    1. Copy of all college transcripts. It must be an official transcript if transferring credit from another institution.
    2. Acceptable ACT or Wonderlic scores for the AAS degree, diploma, and/or certificates as follows:

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.