Most of the Louisville-based schools offering medical assisting or related studies are for-profit institutions. Based on distinction, school type and relevant programs, the following college is considered a top school in Louisville for medical assisting:
- Winner: Jefferson Community and Technical College is the only public school and the largest one in terms of enrollment that offers medical assisting and related programs in Louisville, KY. Students can choose from two diploma programs, one in medical assisting and one in medical coding, as well as an associate's degree program in health information technology.
School Info Chart
Note: Diplomas and Degrees Awarded section reflects awards granted in health information technology as well as medical assisting
|Category||Jefferson Community and Technical College|
|Distinction||Largest college in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,536 (in state); $12,176 (out-of-state)**|
|Medical Assisting Programs Offered||Diploma and associate's degree|
|Medical Assisting Diplomas and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||77**|
|Most Popular Medical Assisting Award in 2012-2013||Diploma (60 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||11%**|
|Noteworthy||Medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); health information technology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)|
Sources: *Jefferson Community and Technical College; **NCES College Navigator
Jefferson Community and Technical College
- Clinical externship opportunities included in medical assisting studies
- Studies combine classroom lectures with hands-on lab experiences
- Students of medical assisting and related programs are prepared to take applicable national certification exams
Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) enrolls more than 13,000 students in over 70 certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs. It consists of six campuses in and around Louisville. JCTC's Allied Health Division is located on the Carrollton and Downtown campuses. The Downtown campus offers allied health and nursing programs, including medical coding and reimbursement, medical assisting and health information technology.
Courses in the Diploma of Completion in Medical Assisting program include first aid, CPR, medical office terminology, pathophysiology, clinical procedures, administrative procedures and pharmacology. Participants learn laboratory techniques and practice via limited radiography laboratory. To receive this diploma, students must sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants' national certification examination, through which they can earn the Certified Medical Assistant credential. Much of the same requirements apply to the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program, though students must also complete general education courses, including psychology and anatomy and physiology, as well as an externship.
Students in the Medical Coding and Reimbursement Certificate program take courses in medical insurance and claims processing, medical terminology and medical coding. There's also an internship option. Students are prepared to take national certification examinations offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders or the American Health Information Management Association.
The Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology program prepares students to take several types of certification or registration examinations. These include the Registered Health Information Technology, Certified Coding Specialist and Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Office examinations. Courses cover ethical and legal issues in health information, health care delivery systems, clinical classification systems, quality assessment and health care statistics. Students also complete a practicum in medical coding.