UC Blue Ash College

Medical Assisting Services Program

Love helping people? Have a mind for business? Want to work in health care? Medical Assisting may be just what you're looking for!

  • Medical Assisting is a high demand health care career -- one of the 10 fastest growing occupations in the nation! (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Graduates find positions in a wide range of workplaces, including physician's offices, urgent care centers, insurance companies, and many more.
  • Earn a UC certificate through this comprehensive, accredited program that includes more than 250 hours of clinical experience in a doctor's office.

Program Overview

The medical assisting services certificate program is designed to prepare students for a career as a health professional. In order to meet the program objectives, the curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in office administration and medical courses. Administrative courses include study in medical office procedures, microcomputers, oral and written communication. Medical study includes introduction to anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical techniques, laboratory procedures and physician assisting procedures for various types of medical settings and practices.

Selective Program Admission

The Medical Assisting Services certificate program at UC Blue Ash College follows a selective program admission process for taking new students. This process has minimum qualifications and other requirements that must be met in order to enroll.

Where It Will Take You

Graduates of the medical assisting services certificate program will have the formal training required to take the certification examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Most employers in the health care environment recommend that medical assistants have the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential.

Medical Assisting Services Certificate Program

  • The UC Blue Ash College Medical Assisting Graduates of the 2016 Cohort have an 80% job placement rate.
  • The graduate survey results of the Cohort reflect that 100% of the students were satisfied with their education and experience in the program.
  • Employers that hired UC Blue Ash students from the cohort report 100% satisfaction with the graduate’s preparedness for professional practice.

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Medical Assisting 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, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350

Career-Oriented Options

Graduates will have completed 250 hours of hands-on clinical practice in a medical setting under the direct supervision of a physician and are qualified to assist physicians in a private office, clinic or other health care facility. Medical assistants are skilled in both administrative and clinical functions, providing considerable flexibility to the physician's office.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have also provided a section to answer questions about the Medical Assisting Services Program at UC Blue Ash.

The program currently admits students through a selective admissions process. For more information, visit the Selective Admissions page.

No, this program is primarily taught face-to-face in the classroom with a few courses delivered in the hybrid format (partially online and partially face-to-face).

The general education courses may be taken prior to acceptance into the Medical Assisting (MA) Certificate Program.  This would allow flexibility for the courses to be taken on a part time basis.  However, once a student is accepted, they must take the administrative and clinical classes in consecutive order.

No, the Medical Assisting courses are offered Monday-Friday during the day.

Students can work any job so long as that job does not prevent them from attending classes or the practicum experience.

The program takes 4 semesters to complete.

You will work with Admissions and Student Life to complete the University's application and enrollment process. Once you've met the minimum program requirements, you will need to submit the selective admissions application during the application timeframe. Get the full details on the Selective Admissions page.

Veteran benefits are available for qualifying students.

The program offers information sessions throughout the year so prospective students can meet with program faculty and staff, ask questions about the program and find more out about the career. Information sessions are open to everyone and no RSVP is required. Logistics for upcoming information sessions will be posted on the Medical Assisting program page.

Yes, once students enter the second semester in the program, they are required to work with UC Health to document immunizations required to work in a healthcare setting. In addition, all students must submit to a drug test before starting the third semester of the program. Practicum sites may also require a drug test before beginning the practicum experience in the last semester of the program.

Yes, a criminal background check is also required before students can begin the third semester in the program. Having a felony conviction or having plead guilty to a felony also prohibits graduates from the program from sitting for the national certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). This credentialing exam is required to finish the practicum.

Please speak with the Medical Assisting Services faculty advisor about what sorts of offenses prevent students from getting jobs as a medical assistant. View a list of advisors by program.

After you have confirmed your acceptance to the college and had your official transcripts sent from your previous college/s, then you should meet with your Pre-Health Professions advisor. They will be able to evaluate your transfer credits. View a list of advisors by program.

Only students in the program are allowed to take the medical assisting classes. 

You must be a UC student and have qualifying placement test scores in math and English. You also need a grade point average of 2.5 or better to take the medical assisting courses.  As part of the selective admission process, you must earn a C or higher in XXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

You do not need the placement test if your courses meet or exceed the minimum requirements for application to the program.

Medical assistants are multi-skilled (administrative and clinical) healthcare professionals who work primarily in outpatient settings such as physician offices, clinics, urgent care facilities, or other ambulatory care settings.  

No, you can take your prerequisite classes and general education classes at any UC college where they are offered. You must take all core Medical Assisting (MA designation) classes at the UC Blue Ash Campus.

All students should initially meet in person with their Academic Adviser. Students should continue to make contact with their advisor each term. After the initial contact is made with your advisor, you may choose to communicate either in person or via email to confirm your plans for the upcoming semester.

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

This program prepares students to take the CMA(AAMA) credentialing exam. This is considered the ‘gold standard’ credential for Medical Assistants.


Contact Information

Muntz Hall | Room 140
LuAnna Schwaeble
Program Coordinator
Phone: 513-936-1631
Email: luanna.schwaeble@uc.edu