Medical Assisting Services

The medical assisting services program is designed to prepare students for a career as a health professional. In order to meet the program objectives, the curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in office administration and medical courses. Administrative courses include study in medical office procedures, microcomputers, oral and written communication. Medical study includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical techniques, laboratory procedures and physician assisting procedures for various types of medical settings and practices.

Selective Admissions Information Sessions:

Please join us for one of our upcoming FREE information sessions to learn more about the Medical Assisting program and the selective admissions process.

November 28, 2017 • Walters Hall 100
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
and 7 – 8 pm

No reservation is necessary for this event. 

Questions? Please contact us at:

Carla Huntsinger
Program Coordinator
Phone: (513) 936-1631
Email: Carla.Huntsinger@uc.edu

Students working with a model
Students working with a model
Students working with a model
Students working with a model

Where It Will Take You

Graduates of the medical assisting services program will have the formal training required to take the certification examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Most employers in the health care environment recommend that medical assistants have the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential.

UCBA Medical Assistant Program 5 Year Outcomes (August 2011 – May 2016):

Pass Rates for CMA(AAMA) exam 87.88%
National CMA(AAMA) pass rate 65%
Employer Satisfaction 100% overall positive responses to UCBA graduate employees in knowledge and skill competence
Graduate Satisfaction 100% overall positive responses from UCBA graduates about the medical assisting program

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350


Career-Oriented Options

Graduates will have completed 240 hours of hands-on clinical practice in a medical setting under the direct supervision of a physician and are qualified to assist physicians in a private office, clinic or other health care facility. Medical assistants are skilled in both administrative and clinical functions, providing considerable flexibility to the physician's office.

Students practicing in the lab
Take your medical assisting degree to the next level

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree at UC Blue Ash College. 

Students who earn their associate degree in Medical Assisting Services qualify for the Applied Administration bachelor's degree program at UC Blue Ash College.


Admission Information

Become a UC Blue Ash College Student

Those interested in becoming a student in the Medical Assisting Services program must first become a UC Blue Ash College Student.

Selective Program Admission

This program uses a selective program admission process. Learn more about the process and the requirements in order to join this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have also provided a section to answer questions about the Medical Assisting Services Program at UC Blue Ash.

Medical Assisting Class

Contact Information

Walters Hall • Room 104
Carla Huntsinger
Program Coordinator
Phone: (513) 936-1631
Email: Carla.Huntsinger@uc.edu

Medical Assisting Services

What is Medical Assisting Services?

The medical assisting services program is designed to prepare students for a career as a health professional in an ambulatory setting. In order to meet the program objectives, the curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in office administration and clinical patient care courses. Administrative courses include study in medical office procedures, microcomputers, oral and written communication. Clinical and patient care courses include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical techniques, laboratory procedures and physician assisting procedures for various types of ambulatory medical settings and practices.

Success Factors

The program curriculum stresses professionalism, dependability, flexibility, medical ethics, communication and human relations skills. Successful students will be those who communicate effectively, openly accept critical feedback, apply critical thinking and problem solving skills, and demonstrate a genuine concern for patients.

Career Possibilities

Graduates will have completed 240 hours of hands-on clinical practice in a medical setting under the direct supervision of a physician and are qualified to assist physicians in a private office, clinic or other health care facility. Medical assistants are skilled in both administrative and clinical functions, providing considerable flexibility to the physician's office.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Students in the medical assisting program should contact Dr. Judy Kronenberger, Program Director, for academic advising. Professor Kronenberger may be reached via email at judy.kronenberger@uc.edu or phone at (513) 936-1590.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The associate of applied science program, medical assisting program, is unique to the University of Cincinnait and is offered at UC Blue Ash College. The faculty have many years of experience in the medical field and in the educational process. The program has a 95% hire rate of the graduates who pursue employment, and a 90% pass rate on the CMA exam. The program curriculum is up to date on the educational needs of the medical assistant and reflects current industry standards. 

Special Programs

Students of the medical assisting program at UC Blue Ash College are encouraged to be active in the American Association of Medical Assistants, the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants and the two local chapters: the Ohio Regional Chapter and the Southwest Ohio Chapter. Students who have participated in these organizations have held state and local offices and taken an active part in the promotion of their profession by attending the annual state conference.

Freshman Admission Requirements

The Medical Assisting Services program at UC Blue Ash College follows a selective program admission process for taking new students. This process has minimum qualifications and other requirements that must be met in order to enroll. Learn more about selective program admission.

The Medical Assisting Services program admits students through a selective admission process each year. Incoming students who wish to pursue an associate degree in Medical Assisting (28AASMAS) or Medical Billing and Coding (28AASMASMB) should apply through UC admissions to be admitted to the UC Blue Ash College and the Pre-Health Professions, non-degree program. Current UC students in other majors may also apply. Internal applications for selective admission to medical assisting for Fall Semester 2017 will open in December 2016 and extend through March 1, 2017. Students who apply and meet the minimum selective admission criteria by March 1, 2017 will be considered for admission decision. Students who will meet the minimum selective admission criteria below by June 7, 2017 will be considered for regular admission decision.  High school seniors may apply contingent upon meeting minimum biology and GPA requirements at graduation. 

These are the minimum criteria that must be met to be considered for the program. If you do not meet these requirements, you should not submit a selective program admission application. By enrolling in pre-health professions, you are able to work towards these requirements at UC Blue Ash College, and apply once they are met. The pre-health professions advisor can assist with putting together a plan. Learn more about parallel plans.

Students who will meet the minimum selective program admission criteria below by May 1, 2017 are encouraged to apply to the radiologic technology program via the electronic application available between Jan 3, 2017 and March 01, 2017.  High school seniors may apply contingent upon meeting minimum biology, chemistry, and GPA requirements at graduation. All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2017 even if the minimum criteria will not be met until the end of the Spring semester or upon Spring graduation from High School.

  1. Confirmed admission to the University of Cincinnati is required.
     
  2. Biology: One year of high school biology with lab and a grade of C or higher completed within 6 years of application or a college biology course(s) as indicated below is/are required.
    1. If high school biology grade was a C or higher, but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I (BIOL1051C) with a grade of C or better.
    2. If high school biology was not taken or if the student earned below a grade of C, the student must complete both the Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I and II (BIOL1051C and BIOL1052C) with grades of C or better.
    3. College Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL2001C) completed with a grade of C or better within the 6 years prior to application will also meet this biology requirement.
       
  3.  Chemistry: One year of high school chemistry with lab and a grade of C or higher completed within 6 years of application OR CHEM1030 and 1030L– Intro to General, Organic and Biochemistry – with grades of C or better.
     
  4. Math: Eligibility for Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning (MATH1008) is required. Students may meet the math requirement via the Math Placement Test (MPT) with a score greater than 420 for placement into OR with a 25 or higher on the ACT Math sub-test OR an SAT math sub-score of 650 or higher OR completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH0034) with a grade of C- or better.
     
  5. English: Placement test: Eligibility for English Composition (ENGL1001) – Students must achieve a score of 5 OR ACT combined English and Writing score of 18 or higher OR a SAT writing score of 430 or higher.
     
  6. TOEFL: (Test of English as Foreign Language) – Students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English speaking high school must achieve a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL examination.
     
  7. Minimum GPA: Students must meet the requirement of an un-weighted high school GPA of 2.5 or above OR a 2.5 GPA in college courses with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, there are some additional requirements that you must complete as a part of the application process for the Medical Assisting program. Here are the additional requirements:

The Reflective Essay:

Please prepare a reflective essay answering the question, “What are your career goals and how will this degree help you to achieve them?” as a Word document. The essay must be 500 words or less, using Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides, with the text aligned to the left only. The name of your Word file must begin with your UC Username (6+2 login used to access your UC email and Blackboard accounts).

Essays that meet the following criteria will be awarded the highest score: demonstrated knowledge of the profession of medical assisting, clearly explained career goals and expounded on how the degree will help achieve those goals with references cited in AMA, MLA, or APA format; information is well organized, sequenced, and constructed; no misspellings, punctuation, or grammatical errors; and all of the document formatting and length requirements were followed.

Additional Important Information

Application to the medical assisting program does not guarantee admission and students can apply to the medical assisting program only twice.  Students who meet minimum qualifications by March 1, 2017 will be considered for early decision admission and may be notified via their UC email account of acceptance by the end of March. Early decision students must confirm their acceptance to the program in writing within one week of notice to ensure a space in the class.  All other applicants will be considered for regular decision admission and will be notified via their UC email account by May 31, 2017. Regular decision students must confirm their acceptance to the program in writing within one week of notice. 

Graduation Requirements

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in order to graduate. Students must also complete all program courses.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash medical assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

CAAHEP
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Phone: (727) 210-2350

Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting Services

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

Blue Ash College

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

9555 Plainfield Rd.
Blue Ash, OH 45236
Phone: 513-936-1590
Carla Huntsinger
Carla.Huntsinger@uc.edu