Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
An Associate of Science in Medical Assisting degree prepares you to sit for the American Medical Technologists certification exam and earn college credits towards an advanced degree from a non-profit accredited college.
Comparison of Area Schools
|School||State||Certification Eligibility||Degree Awarded|
|Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences||MO||Yes||Associate of Science|
|Kansas City Kansas Community College||KS||Yes||Certificate|
|Pinnacle Career Institute||MO||Yes||Certificate|
|WellSpring School of Allied Health||MO||Yes||Certificate|
|Concorde Career College||MO||Yes||Certificate/Diploma|
During the program, our instructors will provide you with practical information and hands-experience to prepare you for a successful medical assisting career. You can expect instruction in these areas:
- Patient care and preparation
- Medical terminology
- Medical procedures (phlebotomy, injections, etc.) and minor surgical skills
- Scheduling patient appointments
- Patient check in/check out
- Maintaining medical records
- Insurance billing and coding
- Maintain medical equipment
A medical assisting degree prepares you to work in a variety of jobs including:
- Accession technician
- Admissions clerk
- Billing specialist
- Chiropractic specialist
- Clinical laboratory technician
- EKG technician
- Emergency room technician
- Health educator
- Hospital sitter
- Medical office administrator
- Medical office manager
- Medical office secretary
- Medical records clerk
- Medical records director
- Medical records secretary
- Medical sales associate
- Ophthalmology specialist
- Patient care technician
- Patient navigator
- Phlebotomy specialist
- Rehabilitative services
- Sterilization technician
- Team lead
- Ward clerk
- And more . . .
You will be prepared to work in a variety of health care settings including:
- Cancer center
- Physician office
- Chiropractic office
- Diagnostic care facility
- Dialysis clinic
- General medical and surgical hospital
- Health practitioner office
- Long-term care facility
- Medical supply company
- Outpatient care center
- Pharmaceutical company
- Plasma bank
- Specialty clinic
View cost information here.
Medical Assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings such as physicians offices, clinics, and group practices performing administrative and clinical procedures. Specific duties and responsibilities vary from office to office depending on location, size, and specialty.
Medical assisting is one of the fastest-growing careers in the health care industry.
Graduate of the medical assisting program are eligible to take the Registered Medical Assisting Exam administered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and become registered medical assistants.
You are required to complete clinical hours and are ensured an externship at a Saint Luke’s Health System entity.
Your clinical hours will be completed at a Saint Luke’s Health System entity giving you networking opportunities with potential employers.
We offer financial aid (Department of Education loans, grants, scholarships)
- Complete your FAFSA application to help determine eligibility for need-based federal financial aid (Saint Luke’s College FAFSA Code: 009782).
- We offer scholarships
- We accept third-party scholarships
- Work study positions available
- Personal or parent loans
Below are the minimum laptop computer requirements required to work with the courses at the College. Google Chromebooks will not work at the College due to download requirements. Please make sure you have access to reliable, high-speed, internet.
Minimum computer specifications:
- Processor: Intel Core i5 (or higher) or AMD Ryzen 5 (or higher)
- Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.12
- RAM: 8 GB (or higher)
- Hard Drive: 128 GB minimum (or higher) SSD highly recommended
- Wireless network card 802.11AC
- Headset with microphone capability required
- Web camera required
Software applications required:
- Microsoft Office 2016 or newer (The college provides you with one free copy of Office 2016 via the OntheHub)
- Supported internet browser: Google Chrome
- Adobe Reader
Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the College will confer the degree of Associate of Science in Medical Assisting upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements:
- Completion of the 60 hours of the required program of study for the Associate of Science in Medical Assisting degree. At least 15 of those MUST be earned from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences to meet the residency requirement.
- Completion of the 60 semester hours of coursework within three years of enrollment at Saint Luke’s College.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|BSCI 120||Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab||4|
|CHEM 202||Nutrition for Health Professionals||3|
|COMM 110||Oral and Interpersonal Communication in Health||3|
|ENGL 130||Written Communication for Health Professionals||3|
|HIST 120||History of Health and Medicine in the United States||3|
|HLTH 110||Medical Terminology||2|
|HLTH 100||First Aid and CPR||1|
|MAST 105||Medical Safety and Compliance||3|
|MAST 120||Laboratory Skills and Techniques||4|
|MAST 170||Exam Room Techniques and Patient Care||4|
|MAST 200||Medical Coding and Reimbursement||4|
|MAST 205||Office Finances and Billing||3|
|MAST 210||Office Organization and Administration||3|
|MAST 245||Pharmacology and Medication Administration||3|
|MAST 280||Medical Assisting Practicum I||5|
|MAST 285||Medical Assisting Capstone||1|
|MATH 110||Mathematical Principles for Health Professionals||3|
|PLSC 211||Introduction to Health Policy||3|
|PSYC 145||Sociocultural Approaches to Health Psychology||3|
|General Education Elective||3 Required|
|Total Credits||60 Credits|
The medical assisting program courses are offered specific semesters.