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Curriculum Guide

Medical Assisting Program Curriculum Guide 2022-2023

  • Updated 3/1/2022

The information contained within this curriculum guide is the official Medical Assisting Program Policies and Procedures effective for the academic year 2022 - 2023. It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes.

General Overview:

The Medical Assisting Program is offered at the Downtown Campus of the college, located near the heart of the Louisville Medical Center Campus.  It is a 60 - 68 credit hour Associate in Applied Science Degree program which prepares the student to assume the responsibilities of a Medical Assistant within out-patient health care facilities and private physicians’ medical practices.   These duties and responsibilities include providing clinical, administrative, and laboratory skills as directed by the physician or supervisor.  The curriculum includes course work in the support academic classes, the general education areas, and the core program requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be qualified to take the Certification exam and obtain employment as a Medical Assistant.

Interested students should contact the Medical Assisting Academic Program Coordinator for additional information.

Contact Information

Because faculty spend the majority of their time teaching, the preferred method of contact is via e-mail.

Medical Assisting Program/Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 E. Broadway
Health Science Hall, Room 465
Louisville, KY 40202

Admission Policies and Procedures:

  1. College Admission
    • The student must first apply to the college. This can be done on-line or in-person on the first floor of the Jefferson Educational Center.
    • Admission to the College does not imply admission to the Medical Assisting Program. An Admissions Application may be found on the college website.
  2. Program Admission
    • The Medical Assisting Program is a Selective Admissions Program which means not every student in the applicant pool may be accepted.  Admission to the Medical Assisting Program is competitive and enrollment in the program is limited because of available faculty, financial, and/or clinical resources at the college or health care facilities.   Student selection is made by the President of the College or the President’s designee after considering the recommendations of the Selective Admissions Committee.  
    • Students are selected each Spring semester of the academic year for admission into the program starting in the Fall semester of the same year.
    • Preference may be given to applicants who are veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses and also displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act.
    • The Medical Assisting Program admits twenty (20) students each fall semester.
    • Students will be notified via U.S. Mail and/or email to their Jefferson Community and Technical College address or provided email address by May 30th of the application year regarding their admission status.
  3. Technical Standards:
    • The Medical Assistant specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and theory in the skillful performance of their profession.  Therefore, all applicants should possess:
      1. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to efficiently implement the skills required in performing medical assisting functions e.g., laboratory skills, patient ambulation, multitasking capabilities, and medication administration;
      2. Sufficient communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, and written) to interact effectively with individuals;
      3. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement their duties in a responsible manner;
      4. Sufficient visual acuity, such as is needed in the preparation and administration of medications in the performance of laboratory procedures, and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and care; and
      5. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as stethoscopes, fire alarms, etc.
    • Minimum Requirements Established by the Senate Rules for admission into the Applicant Pool: Preference may be given to:
      • Students who have a high GPA (I.e., 2.5 or above);
      • met all general education prerequisites;
      • or have an ACT/COMPASS/SAT/ASSET Score above the minimum standard for admission.
  4. Application Process and Deadlines:
    • Step 1: Make Application to the College (Jefferson Community and Technical College)
    • Step 2: Attend a Medical Assisting Pre-Admission Conference and make application to the program.
    • Step 3: Submit your Pre-Admission Completed Packet by requested deadline date.

Selection Process and Deadlines:

The selection process is based on:

  1. Applicant’s completion of the Pre-Admission Program requirements
  2. Medical Assisting Program Selective Admission Committee decision.

Post Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

  1. Meet Financial Aid requirements for admission
  2. Purchase textbooks and classroom materials.
  3. Purchase scrub top and pants.

Additional Information

  1. Incoming Freshmen
    • Students must take the following college introduction courses – FYE 105 within the first two (2) semesters of college. Students transferring college course work into Jefferson Community and Technical College are exempt from this requirement.
  2. Developmental Course Work
    • Students needing developmental math courses cannot take collegiate math and/or science courses until they successfully complete their development courses. Students needing developmental English or Reading can only take a computer class until you successfully complete the developmental courses.
  3. Placement/Assessment Testing 
    • The ACT and Compass math scores are only good for two (2) years and the English scores are only good for five (5) years. If they are older, you must be Compass tested again for that section.
  4. Other Requirements
    • CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider Level (AHA)
  5. Course Time Limitations
    • BIO 135 cannot be older than five (5) years
    • BIO 137 and BIO 139 cannot be older than five (5) years
    • MAT 110 cannot be older than ten (10) years
    • MAT 150 cannot be older than ten (10) years

Sample Curriculum & Course Sequence

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
   Pre-Requisite Courses  
FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success 3
ENG 101 English 101 3
BIO 135 Human Anatomy & Physiology/lab OR Higher (BIO 137 & BIO 139) 4
    TOTAL:  10
PSY 110 General Psychology 3
MAT 105 Business Mathematics OR MAT 110 Applied Mathematics 3
  Heritage/Humanities 3
    TOTAL: 9
CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek to Latin 3
AHS 115 Medical Terminology (3) OR MIT 103 Medical Office Terminology (3) OR CPR 100 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (1) OR KHP 190 First Aid & Emergency Care (2) 1-3
CIT 105, OST 105, CIS 100 Computer Literacy 3
    TOTAL: 5-7
MAI 105 Introduction to Medical Assisting 3
MAI 120 Laboratory Techniques I 3
MAI 140 Clinical Procedures I 3
MAI 150 Medical Assisting Administrative Proc I 3
MAI 250 Medical Assisting Administrative Proc II 3
MAI 170 Dosage Calculations (or FHM 100) 2
    TOTAL: 18
MAI 200 Pathophysiology for the Medical Assistant 3
MAI 220 Laboratory Techniques II 3
MAI 230 Medical Insurance 3
MAI 240 Clinical Procedures II 4
MAI 270 Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant 3
MAI 281 Medical Assisting Practicum 1
    TOTAL: 17
MAI 284 Medical Assisting Clinical Externship 2-3
MAI 289 Medical Assisting Assessment Preparation 1-2

NOTE: Credit for CPR 100 may be granted with proof of CPR certification for Health Care Professionals.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or handicap in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing:

All Allied Health majors with a clinical component within their major must submit to a criminal background check and drug screening.  This is to ensure a safe clinical environment for both students and the public and to meet the contractual requirements of area healthcare facilities.  Situations in which a student does not have a satisfactory background check or drug test, will be reviewed by the Dean of Allied Health on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions involving the following crimes may serve to disqualify a person from participating in required clinical learning experiences:

  1. any felony, whether listed below or not
  2. crimes involving drugs, including but not limited to unlawful possession or distribution
  3. crimes of physical violence to include any type of abuse (child, spousal, or of the elderly), abduction such as kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, robbery, sexual crimes, possession of a restricted fire arm or any related weapons offenses, assault and battery or
  4. conviction of a misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Drug screening may be required of a student at any time throughout the course of study if there is reasonable suspicion on the part of the program faculty that the student may be using a controlled substance not prescribed by a health care provider.  Positive findings on a drug screen or refusal to submit to a requested drug screen will result in immediate administrative withdrawal of the student from the program.

Each student will be given the designated facility and time once they are accepted into the program.  The cost of background checks and drug testing is the responsibility of each student.


Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive, postsecondary institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. Jefferson Community & Technical College Medical Assisting Diploma Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

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

Credentialing Exam(s)/Licensure:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student must sit for the Medical Assisting National Credentialing Examination offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). A diploma will not be issued until the student has taken the examination. (This is a requirement of the national accrediting organization.)

Financial Information/Expenses:

Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown Campus Financial Aid Office located on the 4th floor of the Jefferson Education Center or by calling (502)213-2146.

  1. Tuition:  This information may be found in the college catalog or on-line at the college’s website.
  2. Textbooks:  May be purchased at the JCTC Bookstore or a bookstore of your choice.
  3. Uniforms:  Standard Scrubs without excessive decals. Must be Dark Purple. A plain scrub top (no lace, decals, etc.), No gathered legs, no excessive pockets on the pants (no carpenter’s pants),
  4. Liability insurance:  Is included in tuition.
  5. Criminal Background Check:  Required of every Allied Health and Nursing student.
  6. Drug Testing:  Required of every Allied Health and Nursing student.
  7. Transportation to clinical sites:  You must have your own transportation to and from your clinical externship sites.
  8. AAMA Certification Application/Examination Fee:  $125.00 (required for program completion).

NOTE: Expenses are subject to change in accordance to the college’s policies and regulations.

Pre-Admission Conference Schedule/General Advising