UC Blue Ash College

Medical Assisting FAQs

Many typical questions from current and prospective students are answered below. If you have further questions, please contact MedAsst@ucblueash.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

This certificate 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 the medical assisting (MA) courses which may allow students to spread the program out over a longer period of time. Once a student is accepted into the certificate program, all medical assisting classes must be taken in consecutive order.

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 in an actual medical office.

Once admitted to the certificate program, it takes three (3) 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. UC Blue Ash has an on-campus veteran's affairs coordinator.

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, both a drug test and a physical are required. Practicum sites may also require a drug test before beginning the practicum experience.

Yes, a criminal background check is required.

Please speak with the medical assisting faculty advisor about what sorts of offenses prevent students from getting jobs as a medical assistant: Jennifer DeMichael at jennifer.demichael@uc.edu or 513-936-1766

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.

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 healthcare professionals who work primarily in outpatient settings such as physician offices, clinics, urgent care facilities or other ambulatory care settings.

You can take your prerequisite classes and general education classes at any college where they are offered. You must take all core medical assisting (MA designation) classes at the Blue Ash campus or Clermont campus.

All students should initially meet in person with their Academic Advisor. Students should continue to make contact with their advisor each term.

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.

Medical assistants working in the clinical setting spend a lot of face time with their patients. If you are looking for a career with lots of hands on time with patients, this is the program for you!

Resources

Contact Information

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