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Medical Assistant


“The Medical Assistant 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 Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Medical Assisting Education Review Board (

The Medical Assisting program at Northwest Kansas Technical College has a five-year average of 83.33% for job placement for the years 2022-2023 based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).


Medical Assisting is a profession with many rewards, as practitioners can perform both administrative and clinical services, filling several roles in a variety of healthcare environments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics clearly outlines that it is a growth field, with an anticipated 18% growth from 2020 to 2030.

Medical Assistants work directly with providers and patients, to provide healthcare and ensure patient safety. It is a position with a great deal of responsibility.

As with any healthcare position, certain occupational risks come into play with being a Medical Assistant, and those hazards include the following:

  • Exposure to infectious diseases
  • Sharps injuries
  • Bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards
  • Chemical and drug exposure
  • Ergonomic hazards from lifting, sitting, and repetitive tasks
  • Latex allergies
  • Stress

At the same time, there are protections set up with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and those protections are particularly important within a healthcare environment. OSHA has a series of standards that protect the safety of healthcare workers and patients.

Accredited medical assisting programs are required to teach students about the hazards that they face on the job and the protocols that can be put into place to ensure a workplace culture that prioritizes safety.

The Medical Assistant program is designed to provide you with the necessary job skills and related technical information to work as an entry-level medical assistant in a medical facility. You learn to perform clerical functions such as scheduling and receiving patients, telephone etiquette, obtaining and maintaining patient data, completing insurance forms, and arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services.

The clinical functions you learn to perform include: taking and recording vital signs and patient histories; performing height and weight measurements for infants through adults; screening for visual acuity and color vision acuity; assisting with examinations, treatments, and office surgery; collecting specimens through venipuncture; and performing simple lab tests and electrocardiograms. You also learn about sterilization procedures, instruments and equipment, disposal procedures for contaminated supplies, patient preparation procedures for X-ray and laboratory examination, removing sutures, and performing basic first aid and Certified in BLS/AED.

  Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

$30,000– $45,000 per year

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Medical Assistant program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted
  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)
  • Background Check
  • Two letters of Reference
  • Personal Statement Letter
  • Certificate of Health Submitted

Required Immunization & Testing

  • Copy of Immunization Records that show (Tetanus, Varicella, MMR ( measles, mumps, and rubella), Hep-B
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test
    • Current TB to be completed between May 15 and July 15 of the Admission year.
  • Covid-19 Vaccine is Strongly recommended due to Clinical Site Requirements:
    • Primary Series
  • Students will be required to obtain a Flu vaccine due to clinical rotation requirements

Departmental Admissions Stipulation

  •  A Medical Assistant student must be 18 years of age at the time of admission into the program.
  • You will also be required to purchase scrubs. (No particular color or pattern within the classroom and/or clinicals.)
  • The student is responsible for their own transportation to & from clinical rotations throughout the academic school year

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with **All listed items must be completed and submitted in full by July 28th, or the student will not be admitted into the program.


In 2021, Medical Assistant placed 80% of its graduates.

Graduate Placement Report


As one of the fastest growing allied health care careers medical assisting offers terrific opportunities for advancement. Medical assistants can advance to office manager, clinical supervisor, or qualify for a variety of administrative support occupations. Some medical assistants choose to teach medical assisting. Others choose to obtain a bachelor’s degree in human services, health promotion, or health services management, to name a few.

Medical assistants are paid competitive wages and can receive valuable benefits. More importantly, they have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives.

 “To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.”  Demonstrate professionalism.

  • Demonstrate ICD and CPT coding procedures.
  • Demonstrate phlebotomy and entry-level laboratory testing.
  • Comply with principles of aseptic techniques and infection control.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in medical office applications.
  • Prepare patients and assist physicians with medical procedures.
  • Perform reception and administrative duties.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Pharmacology.
  • Apply ethical concepts in the field of medicine.
  • Demonstrate mathematical and reasoning skills.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Construct a Resume/Cover Letter.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

  • Scott Focke, CMC Clinic Administrator
  • Jennifer Mazanec, Job Opportunities State of Kansas
  • Ami Powell, RN GFHC
  • Destiny Schroder, Regional Revenue Cycle Director
  • Jackie Jorgenson, Medical Director
  • Pam Whitson, Public Memeber
  • Cassie Brown, Graduate -Alum
  • Asa Bailey, Public Member -Alum
  • Robert Whitcomb, Public Member
  • Lyssa McComb, Graduate -Alum
  • Jessica Lohr RN, Sherman County Public Health Department
  • Jenny Cure, RN, Sherman County Public Health Department
  • Kassi Gray RN, Sherman County Public Health Department
  • Milan Brannick, Graduate Alum
  • Jessica Carson, St. Francis Clinical Manager
  • Raynie Harvey, Graduate Alum, Price Convention Center