What is Medical Assisting?
Henderson Community College's Medical Assistant program prepares you to become a key member of a health care team who works in the administrative office, examining room, and laboratory. You are a vital liaison between doctor and patient and play an important role in diagnosis and treatment.
Henderson Community College (HCC) is committed to the success of our students. One of HCC’s goals is to “develop clear pathways through postsecondary education with an emphasis on experiential learning that leads to successful employment outcomes for HCC's graduates.”
HCC’s Medical Assisting Program provides a clear two-year pathway for students seeking employment as certified medical assistants in the high-demand health care sector. As reported on the Medical Assisting Program’s most recently approved Annual Report Form (ARF), based on data from the 2020 job placement results, 100% of graduating students became employed as Medical Assistants OR a related field. Small class size and dedicated faculty are two key strategies that support student success in the HCC Medical Assisting Program.
The Henderson Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.
What will I do on the job?
Schedule and monitor appointments, arrange hospital and outpatient admissions, manage medical records, process insurance claims, and manage office financial records. What medical and technical tasks would I perform? In the clinical area, you:
- scheduling and monitoring appointments.
- arranging hospital and outpatient admissions.
- managing medical records.
- processing insurance claims.
- managing office financial records.
- preparing patients for exams, procedures, and treatments.
- assisting with physical examinations.
- recording medical histories.
- taking vital signs.
- charting patient information.
- administering medications and injections.
- performing electrocardiograms.
- assisting with minor office surgeries.
- performing venipuncture.
- collecting/preparing specimens.
- performing basic laboratory tests.
- performing radiography (after receiving additional education).
What are my career choices?
Doctors offices, outpatient clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. As health care expands, the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Program Options/Academic Plans
- Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting
- Medical Office Administrative Assistant Certificate
- Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding Certificate
- Phlebotomist Certificate
|Phlebotomist: 4 - 9 Total credit hours|
|Electrocardiograph Technician: 11 - 18 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS|
|Medical Office Limited Radiography: 18 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS|
|Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding: 18 - 24 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS|
|Medical Assisting: 61 - 68 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS|
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
For a current copy of the Medical Assisting student handbook containing specific program information for prospective and enrolled students, please contact the Allied Health division at 270-831-9740 or at email@example.com to have one emailed to you.
How many hours are classroom/online sessions?
Associate in Applied Science:
- Medical Assisting: 23-25 out of the 60 *required credit hours are classroom instruction. Remaining credit hours may be taken online.
- Medical Office Administrative Assistant: 4 out of the 20 *required credit hours are classroom instruction. Remaining credit hours may be taken online.
- Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding: 1 out of the 20 *required credit hours are classroom instruction. Remaining credit hours may be taken online.
- Phlebotomist: all 4 hours of the 4 *required credit hours are classroom instruction.
*does not include <100 level credit hour courses