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.

Offered as a "1+" program, in which you can earn a medical assisting certificate in less than a year, or continue you through to a full medical assisting associate degree in only 16 months.

Why Choose the Associate's in Medical Assisting?

  • 23% projected job growth by 2026*
  • 16 months to obtain your degree
  • Saint Luke's 100% placement rate of graduates (national average 73%**)

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

The stackable format of the program allows you complete flexibility to earn the degree you want, in the time you want, for the career you want. You can prepare to walk into a job immediately after completing the program, 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.

**Source: Comprehensive Research Study of the Medical Assisting Profession, Gray Associates

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
  • 100% of our students find employment in the field upon graduation
  • Face-to-face daytime courses that start every 8 weeks. Classes offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings to provide flexibility for busy schedules
  • 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
  • Competitive tuition rates compared to other local not-for-profit institutions.

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
  • Employment trends show that candidates with Medical Assisting degrees are hired at better rates than those with an LPN

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.