What is Medical Assisting?
Medical Assistants are vital in the day-to-day operations of medical practices, doctor's offices and other healthcare facilities. Physicians count on Medical Assistants to greet patients, prepare patients for exams and, in many cases, perform routine clinical tasks like taking patient history, collecting vital signs, blood pressure, height and weight, temperature, and more. In addition, they also often help with the administrative tasks of running an office: answering phones, making appointments, data entry and paperwork. Get a great start in the health care field at Southeast!
What will I do on the job?
The Medical Assistant is a vital liaison between the doctor and patient and plays an important role in diagnosis and treatment. The many different roles assumed in this profession assure a fast moving and challenging career. You can go to work in physician offices, clinics, public and private hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient care facilities, medical laboratories or in chiropractic, osteopathic, ophthalmic or other health related offices.
What are my career choices?
Doctors offices, outpatient clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. As health care expands, the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations.
|Medical Assisting Career||Median Annual
SalaryⓘBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
|Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding||$29,469|
|Medical Office Administrative Assistant||$29,522|
|Medical Office Limited Radiography||$29,522|
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
- General Occupational and Technical Studies
- Medical Assisting
Now accepting applications face to face or contact one of the program coordinators:
- Mary "Leann" Turner - Harlan & Pineville Campuses - 606-589-3234
- Dana Mills - Whitesburg & Pineville Campuses - 606-589-3302
All three programs (Harlan, Pineville, and Whitesburg) start in January
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
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.