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Credit Hours Required

Time to Completion



<1.5 Years



The Medical Assistant certificate program prepares students to be proficient in their profession and to demonstrate successful competence in the outcomes established by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in their Standards and Guidelines for Medical Assisting Educational Programs. 

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates have the skills required to obtain an entry-level position in the medical assisting profession and are eligible to sit for the national Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.

Students interested in applying for the Medical Assistant program should complete the Steps to Enroll.





Interested in this program?


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Recommended Sequence of Courses

Credit Hours

CSIS 100

Computer Concepts and Applications


ALHE 105

Medical Terminology





(Fall) Semester I

ALHE 102

Nurse Aide


ALMA 110

Medical Professional Issues


ALMA 120

Medical Administrative Aspects (Lab 1)


*ALMA 145

BIOL 257/258

Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health or Human Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab






(Spring)  Semester II

ALHT 250

Reimbursement Methodologies


ALMA 155

Emergency Preparedness (Lab 2)


ALMA 160

Clinical Aspects of Medical Assisting (Lab 2)


ALHE 104

Medication Aide







^Elective as approved


#ALMA 180

Medical Assistant Externship





                      Total Certificate Credits     


*Students planning to complete an associates degree or transferring to another institution should complete BIOL 257/258 Human Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab in place of ALMA 145.
#Must show proof of CPR certification prior to beginning Externship.
^Recommended course electives must also be taken and passed with a “C” or better.

 Courses marked with this symbol are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for guaranteed transfer among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions. Additional courses may be eligible for transfer. Please visit the NCCC Registrar to learn more.  Visit Kansas Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation website for additional information.

Program Outcomes
1.    Describe and apply clerical functions.
2.    Evaluate and perform bookkeeping procedures.
3.    Discuss and process insurance claims.
4.    Explain and apply fundamental clinical medical office procedures.
5.    Compare and perform specimen collection and diagnostic testing.  
6.    Perform quality control and safety measures.
7.    Discuss and provide medical office patient care.
8.    Communicate effectively.
9.    Analyze and apply legal and ethical concepts.
10.    Provide patient instruction.
11.    Describe and Perform medical office operational functions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q:        What are the pre-reqs?
A:         The program has a recommended sequence, but is flexible to meet the needs of the individual student. Prerequisite courses are not required before applying to the program; however, students must contact a program advisor to complete the application process prior to enrolling in the program courses.

Q:        What is a Registered Medical Assistant, and is it accepted nationwide?
A:         A certified medical assistant who has met AMT’s educational and experience requirements, passed a national certification examination (RMA) and is listed on the active membership AMT Registry. The RMA (AMT) credential is a national certification that is recognized in all 50 states.

Q:        Why is the cost at your college so much less than some other proprietary schools?
A:         Proprietary schools, or private career colleges, tend to cost more because costs are passed down to the student. Click here to view a news report about “for-profits.” Because our college is non-profit, our mission is to enrich our communities and our students’ lives. We focus on what’s necessary to train the workforce needs in our area. We have two new simulation hospitals on our Chanute and Ottawa campuses with physician office simulated rooms to assist students in training, much of which was acquired through grants. We offer a high-quality program at an affordable price.

Q:        Are your credits transferrable?
A:         Yes, our program is aligned, should you need to transfer to another program in the State.

Q:        What is the Externship requirement?
A:         In order to achieve graduation and to sit for the national exam, you must complete 160 hours of clinical work outside of the classroom to prepare you to go into the workforce.

Q:        What’s the difference between a medical assistant and a nurse?
A:         A medical assistant practices under the license of the physician; a nurse has to obtain his or her own license. A nurse focuses on the clinical patient care side and generally completes a year of pre-requisites and one year to obtain a practical nurse certificate with an additional year to obtain a degree as a registered nurse; or one can complete a bachelor’s program to obtain the RN. In the office, the nurse and medical assistant may look similar to patients because the physician may allow the medical assistant to do many traditional nurse duties such as injections, blood draws, assist with office surgical procedures, etc. It’s important that all trained professionals represent themselves in accordance with their training, so patients are not misled. Our medical assistant students are trained in both clinical and administrative duties so they can work in the front office also. 

Q:        I have heard of Certified Medical Assistants through AAMA, what’s the difference?
A:         The CMA (AAMA) credential is administered through a different agency (American Association of Medical Assistants). It is another type of national certification for medical assistants. Both agencies require the same testing over general, clinical and administrative competencies. A separate type of program accreditation is required for AAMA program graduates to sit for that examination.

Q:        Why doesn’t your college seek separate accreditation for students to sit for the CMA?
A:         Employers have not expressed a strong desire for one credential over another. NCCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) which allows our students to sit for the RMA national exam through AMT. Most students express a desire to seek certification with AMT due to the significantly lower exam cost, membership and continuing education costs.

Q:        Why don’t you push for an associate’s degree in medical assisting?
A:         Employers are not paying more based on individuals with an associate’s degree in medical assisting, and either a certificate or associate level student can take the national certification exam. Because medical assisting would be a terminal degree at the associate’s level, we would prefer student’s branch off in a related career of study based on their medical assisting talents. Since our students are trained in all aspects of the medical office, one example may be someone who enjoys the billing and coding skill set. He or she could look at pursuing health information technology more in depth, which offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level courses with substantial salary increases. For individuals liking the clinical side better, perhaps continuing into the nursing program, which offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level courses with substantial salary increases, would be a good move.