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Medical assisting students achieve 100 percent pass rate on credential exam

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2010) Graduates of the 2009 medical assisting program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College achieved a 100 percent pass rate on a national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam.

The college was recently informed of the official results by the American Association of Medical Assistants who administers the test. The 12 students from the 2009 class took the test over the span of May through July last year. The timed test consists of 200 questions that cover clinical, general and administrative topics. One BCTC students test score placed in the 97th-percentile, meaning that only 3 percent of the students nationwide scored higher on the CMA exam.

Im very proud of their accomplishments, said Joyce Combs, the medical assisting and phlebotomy coordinator who has been with the college since the program started 17 years ago. They are an exceptional class.

Medical assistants are not required by law to be certified, but it is a credential that employers look for. The medical assisting diploma program at BCTC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Only graduates of accredited medical assisting programs are eligible to take the national CMA exam.

This outstanding achievement reflects how well our college program prepares the students for the workforce and for the medical assisting profession, Combs said. This major accomplishment instills confidence in the future of our health care providers.