Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

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Program Description 

The mission of the medical assisting program is to provide a stimulating academic environment that will prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The integration of knowledge and skills will prepare the student so that they may function as contributing members of the health care team, positively impacting their patients, the community and the profession upon graduation.


Why Choose the Associate's in Medical Assisting?

  • $33,610 average yearly salary*
  • 96% of full-time medical assistants receive a benefits package**
  • 23% projected job growth by 2026*
  • 16 months to obtain your degree

*Salary and growth data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections 2018 Report 
**Based on the American Association of Medical Assistants Compensation and Benefits Report

If you like helping others and are interested in a flexible health care career, this is the program for you. Within 16 months you will learn the valuable skills health care employers want and be prepared to sit for the certification exam they require. 

But unlike other medical assisting programs, at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences, you earn an associate degree. Our program takes a few more months to complete, but you’ll get more for your investment. You can prepare to walk into a job immediately after graduation while earning transferable college credits for continuing your education.

Students who have completed a certificate or diploma program in medical assisting and have a current certification have the option of earning their Associate of Science in Medical Assisting. The general time frame for completion is two semesters, but students can opt to go part-time and take longer to complete their degree.

Advantage of Saint Luke's™ College of Health Sciences at Rockhurst University

We offer a continuous enrollment program so you can obtain your associate degree in 16 months. Whether you are a new high school graduate or a working adult, our program offers a hybrid of daytime and online courses that work with a variety of schedules.

Why do students choose Saint Luke’s College?

  • Earn transferrable college credits into nursing or other health care bachelor programs
  • Online and face-to-face daytime courses
  • Flexible plans of study tailored to your career goals
  • Financial aid, work-study, and scholarships available for those who qualify
  • Medical assistant faculty with industry, clinical and teaching experience
  • Academic advising available through the Student Resource Center
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Campus located in Kansas City’s historic Westport area and close to downtown, shopping, and restaurants

Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Perform medical business practices, including the organizational and financial aspects of office management.
  • Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws, and patient rights.
  • Demonstrate quality control and safety measures.
  • Prepare patients and assist physicians with medical procedures.
  • Espouse a thorough understanding of health-related ethics.
  • Demonstrate foundational medical office and laboratory practice skills.
  • Accept the responsibility for continuing growth as a person and as a professional.

Looking for something else? See our Frequently Asked Questions.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Guaranteed clinical externship at a Saint Luke’s Health System entity
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Local volunteer opportunities outside of the classroom through our student organizations
  • Academic advising available through the Student Resource Center


  • Students will receive quality instruction in medical assisting and graduate with the knowledge, skills/techniques, and professional behaviors to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants
  • Students will have the knowledge and skills to apply the decision-making process, communication, and management skills in the medical assistant profession
  • Know the importance of becoming a Certified Medical Assistant and encourage students to take the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) National Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Exam

Disclaimer / Disclosure

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences (SLCHS) will be eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) certification examination. Passing this examination is required to become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).  The Medical Assisting Program is not programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Because the Medical Assisting program at SLCHS is not programmatically accredited, graduates of the program are currently not eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. The Medical Assisting Program at SLCHS will be working to obtain CAAHEP accreditation, but cannot guarantee accreditation will be gained at any point in time. The CMA and RMA are both optional and nationally recognized certifications for the medical assistant career.