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Medical Assisting - Phlebotomy

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What is Medical Assisting?

Are you interested in working in the health care industry? You may be interested in a career as a Medical Assistant. A Medical Assistant is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified by education and experience to work in the administrative office (including knowledge in electronic medical records and paper-based records), the examining room and the physician office laboratory. The Medical Assistant, also a liaison between the doctor and the patient, is of vital importance to the success of the medical practice. An individual in this versatile career may perform the following clinical duties according to state law:

  • Taking medical histories and recording vital signs
  • Performing electrocardiograms and venipunctures
  • Administering injections and immunizations
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during examinations

Students will be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant national certification examination through the American Medical Technologists upon graduation.

Why choose Medical Assisting?

Hear first hand from some medical assistants at Cincinnati Children's Hospital!

What are my career options?

Medical Assistant find employment in physician offices, outpatient clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. As health care continues to expand, the demand for medical assistants is growing much faster than the average for all other occupations.

  • St. Elizabeth Physicians
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • The Christ Hospital
  • UC Health
  • The Urology Group
  • Seven Hills
  • Tri-Health
  • Dermatology Private Practices

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science: Medical Assisting

  • Medical Assisting
  • Phlebotomist - A Phlebotomy Technician (Phlebotomist) is an integral member of a medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or micro-techniques. The Phlebotomist facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens and is often the patient's only contact with the medical laboratory. The need to assure quality and patient safety requires strict professional behavior and standards of practice for Phlebotomists. Phlebotomists must be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. They must be able to calm and comfort patients throughout the procedure. They must follow safety precautions to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Students will be prepared to take the Registered Phlebotomy Technician national certification examination through the American Medical Technologists upon graduation. For more specific information about the program and clinical documents required send us an email.

Advising Certificate Plans for all Medical Assisting Technology Certificates

Certification Exam Outcomes

Medical Assistant (RMA) Certification Pass Rate
Year Gateway Students National Average
2017 89% 81%
2018 100% 79%
2019 100% 84%
2020 87% 77%
2021 100% 73%
Phlebotomist (RPT) Certification Pass Rate
Year Gateway Students National Average
2017 96% 87%
2018 91% 85.2%
2019 90% 86%
2020 92% 83%
2021 100% 81%

Additional Information

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status. You can earn a medical assisting certificate in one year.

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.

Students are expected to develop the EEQs and will be evaluated at the midpoint and end of program for mastery of these qualities.  The EEQs are also part of the clinical preceptor’s evaluations of the student during clinical practicum. Students will acquire these skills through a variety of classroom exercises and homework assignments.

The EEQs are as follows:


Graduates express ideas and information coherently and appropriately in a variety of modes appropriate to work-based settings, including in writing, orally, interpersonally, and in presentations. Graduates participate in discussions by listening actively and responding constructively. They demonstrate competence in engaging with others from cultural backgrounds different from their own.

Thinkers & Problem Solvers 

Graduates exercise initiative in applying critical and creative thinking skills to identify and address complex work-related problems. Graduates accurately apply quantitative, financial, data, and technical fluency, and demonstrate cultural competence in addressing work-based situations. Graduates are system thinkers and demonstrate an ability to understand concepts and perspectives across multiple disciplines and different cultures.


Graduates conduct inquiry and research by reviewing, evaluating, verifying, citing, and applying multiple sources of information and perspectives to help address work-based problems or to perform tasks. Graduates generate new ideas through independent or collaborative inquiry.


Graduates engage in teams and groups and work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others both in person and virtually. Graduates seek a range of points of view, are willing to modify their perspectives, and they help resolve conflicts where appropriate. Graduates work effectively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures, individually or in groups. They exhibit cross-cultural competence in working with others. Graduates take initiative in leading work-based groups, and/or follow direction from others as appropriate. 


Graduates approach new or unfamiliar work-based situations and uncertainty with agility and openness. Graduates explore, learn, and apply new roles, ideas, perspectives, approaches, tools, technologies, and strategies to support their effective work-place contributions. They understand the implications of an increasingly globally interconnected world, and can work effectively across a variety of environments, cultures, and perspectives.

Principled and Ethical 

Graduates make reasoned, ethical decisions about work-based situations or problems. Graduates act equitably and with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and respect for individuals, groups, and broadly diverse communities. 

Responsible and Professional 

Graduates establish priorities and manage their time to meet the obligations of work-related assignments with a minimum of external supervision or direction. Graduates carry out their responsibilities consistently, persistently, reliably, and maintain appropriate confidentiality. Graduates take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


Graduates adopt new tools (technologies or strategies) for working more effectively, analyzing work-based situations, or making decisions. Graduates continually develop themselves professionally, interculturally, and personally. They assess and understand their strengths and areas for improvement in order to support their learning and professional development. Graduates seek out and engage in formal and informal professional learning opportunities on a continuing basis and actively apply learning from these opportunities to work-related assignments.

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Medical Assisting Instructor

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