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Why Medical Assisting?

  • $33,610 average yearly salary*
  • 96% of full-time medical assistants receive a benefits package**
  • 23% projected job growth by 2026*
  • 16 months to obtain your degree

If you like helping others and are interested in a flexible health care career, this is the program for you. Within 16 months you will learn the valuable skills health care employers want and be prepared to sit for the certification exam they require. 

But unlike other medical assisting programs, at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences you earn an associate degree. Our program takes a few more months to complete, but you’ll get more for your investment. You can prepare to walk into a job immediately after graduation while earning transferable college credits for continuing your education.

Students who have completed a certificate or diploma program in medical assisting and have a current certification have the option of earning their Associate of Science in Medical Assisting. The general time frame for completion is two semesters, but students can opt to go part-time and take longer to complete their degree.

*Salary and growth data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections 2018 Report 

**Based on the American Association of Medical Assistants Compensation and Benefits Report

Advantages of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

We offer a continuous enrollment program so you can obtain your associate degree in 16 months. Whether you are a new high school graduate or a working adult, our program offers a hybrid of daytime and online courses that work with a variety of schedules.

Students choose Saint Luke’s College for:

  • Guaranteed clinical externship at a Saint Luke’s Health System entity
  • Earn transferrable college credits into nursing or other health care bachelor programs
  • Online and face-to-face daytime courses
  • Flexible plans of study tailored to your career goals
  • Financial aid, work-study, and scholarships available for those who qualify
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Medical assistant faculty with industry, clinical and teaching experience
  • Local volunteer opportunities outside of the classroom through our student organizations
  • Academic advising available through the Student Resource Center
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Campus located in Kansas City’s historic Westport area and close to downtown, shopping, and restaurants

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 
  • Administration
  • 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
  • Receptionist
  • 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
  • Colleges/university
  • 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         

FAQs

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

Degree Requirements

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.
Required Courses for the Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Degree
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Required 57 Required
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.

Program Mission

The mission of the medical assisting program is to provide a stimulating academic environment that will prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The integration of knowledge and skills will prepare the student so that they may function as contributing members of the health care team, positively impacting their patients, the community and the profession upon graduation.

Program Goals

  • Provide quality instruction in medical assisting with the knowledge, skills/techniques, and professional behaviors to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants
  • Provide a curriculum that meets the standard of the accrediting agency, fosters professional and ethical attitudes, and maintains curriculum flexibility to facilitate the changing needs of the medical community
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to apply the decision-making process, communication, and management skills in the medical assistant profession
  • Educate on the importance of becoming a Certified Medical Assistant and encourage students to take the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) National Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Exam

Disclaimer / Disclosure

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences (SLCHS) will be eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) certification examination. Passing this examination is required to become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).  The Medical Assisting Program is not programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Because the Medical Assisting program at SLCHS is not programmatically accredited, graduates of the program are currently not eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. The Medical Assisting Program at SLCHS will be working to obtain CAAHEP accreditation, but cannot guarantee accreditation will be gained at any point in time. The CMA and RMA are both optional and nationally recognized certifications for the medical assistant career.

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