Why study Medical Assisting Services?

The Medical Assisting Services program is designed to prepare students for a career as a health professional in an ambulatory setting. In order to meet the program objectives, the curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in office administration and clinical patient care courses. Administrative courses include study in medical office procedures, computers, and oral and written communication. Clinical and patient care courses include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical techniques, laboratory procedures and physician assisting procedures for various types of ambulatory medical settings and practices.


A candidate for the UCBA Medical Assisting Services program must have abilities and skills as follows:

1. Observation: Candidates must have sufficient sensory capacity to observe in lecture and clinical settings.  Sensory and tactile skills must be adequate to observe a patient’s condition and to elicit information through procedures regularly required in comprehensive medical assisting patient evaluation.

2. Communications: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture; assess nonverbal communication; and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty and staff. Candidates must demonstrate effective writing skills.

3. Motor: The candidate must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic maneuvers; be able to perform basic tests; be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.

4. Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize. Problem solving, a critical skill demanded of allied health practitioners, requires all of these intellectual abilities. Candidates must be able to read and understand medical literature.

5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to care of patients and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients.  Candidates must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to a changing environment, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of the uncertainties inherent in clinical problems of many patients. 

Applicants to the Medical Assisting program are responsible for determining their own eligibility in light of these qualifications. It is also the responsibility of students to inform the college of any potential problem areas and to communicate with the MA faculty and Program Director any particular accommodations they may need after registering with Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities are encouraged to register with Accessibility Resources to determine appropriate accommodations. You may contact the UC Blue Ash College Accessibility Resources office by calling (513) 792.8625 or by emailing ucba.accessabilityresources@uc.edu .

Students with disabilities who enter the program do so with the understanding that they will be expected to meet course requirements with any reasonable accommodation that may be provided by the college. The tardy and absence policies of the program will apply to all students. Please communicate with MA faculty and/or the Program Director for additional questions or concerns.

No accommodations can be made in the clinical areas including competency evaluations. 

Students with Special Needs

You should notify your course instructor at the beginning of the semester of any circumstances that could affect your participation in a course, including medical issues (pregnancy, pending surgeries, etc.) and military status.

Admission Requirements

The Medical Assisting Services 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. Learn more about selective program admission.

The Medical Assisting Services program admits students through a selective admission process each year. Incoming students who wish to pursue an associate degree in Medical Assisting (28AASMAS) should apply through UC admissions to be admitted to the UC Blue Ash College and choose the Pre-Health Professions (non-degree) program. Current UC students in other majors may also apply. Internal applications for selective admission to Medical Assisting Services for the fall semester will open in January and close on March 1. Students who apply and meet the minimum selective admission criteria by March 1 will be considered for admission decision.

These are the minimum criteria that must be met to be considered for the program. If you do not meet these requirements, you should not submit a selective program admission application. By enrolling in Pre-Health Professions, you are able to work towards these requirements at UC Blue Ash College, and apply once they are met. The Pre-Health Professions advisor can assist with putting together a plan. Learn more about parallel plans.

Students who will meet the minimum selective program admission criteria below by May 1 are encouraged to apply to the program via the electronic application available between January and March 1.  All applications must be submitted by March 1 even if the minimum criteria will not be met until the end of the Spring semester.

  1. Confirmed admission to the University of Cincinnati is required.
  2. Biology: One year of high school biology with lab and a grade of C or higher completed within 6 years of application or a college biology course(s) as indicated below is/are required.
    • If high school biology grade was a C or higher, but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I (BIOL1051C) with a grade of C or better.

    • If high school biology was not taken or if the student earned below a grade of C, the student must complete both the Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I and II (BIOL1051C and BIOL1052C) with grades of C or better.
    • College Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL2001C) completed with a grade of C or better within the 6 years prior to application will also meet this biology requirement.

  3. Math: Eligibility for Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning (MATH1008) is required. Students may meet the math requirement via the Math Placement Test (MPT) with a score greater than 420 for placement into OR with a 25 or higher on the ACT Math sub-test OR an SAT math sub-score of 650 or higher OR completion of preparatory math courses with a C or better.
  4. English: Eligibility for English Composition (ENGL1001) – Students must achieve a score of 5 on the UC Blue Ash placement test OR ACT English score of 18 or higher OR a SAT writing score of 430 or higher.
  5. TOEFL: (Test of English as Foreign Language) – Students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English speaking high school must achieve a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL examination.
  6. Minimum GPA: Students must meet the requirement of an un-weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above OR a 2.5 GPA in college courses with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, there are some additional requirements that you must complete as a part of the application process for the Medical Assisting Services program. Here are the additional requirements:

The Reflective Essay:

Please prepare a reflective essay answering the question, “What are your career goals and how will this degree help you to achieve them?” as a Word document. The essay must be 500 words or less, using Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides, with the text aligned to the left only. The name of your Word file must begin with your UC Username (6+2 login used to access your UC email and Blackboard accounts).  Your name should also appear at the top of the essay.

Essays that meet the following criteria will be awarded the highest score: demonstrated knowledge of the profession of medical assisting, clearly explained career goals and expounded on how the degree will help achieve those goals with references cited in AMA, MLA, or APA format; information is well organized, sequenced, and constructed; no misspellings, punctuation, or grammatical errors; and all of the document formatting and length requirements were followed.

Additional Important Information

Application to the Medical Assisting Services program does not guarantee admission and students can apply to the Medical Assisting program only twice.  Students who meet minimum qualifications by March 1 will be considered for admission to the program and may be notified via their UC email account of acceptance by the end of March.

The program curriculum stresses professionalism, dependability, flexibility, medical ethics, communication and human relations skills. Successful students will be those who communicate effectively, openly accept critical feedback, apply critical thinking and problem solving skills and demonstrate a genuine concern for patients.

Graduates will have completed 315 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 to provide considerable flexibility to the physician's office.

For academic advising, students in the Medical Assisting Services program should contact the program director, Jennifer DeMichael. Professor DeMichael may be reached via email at jennifer.kroger@uc.edu or phone at (513) 936-1766.

The Associate of Applied Science program, Medical Assisting Services program, is unique to the University of Cincinnati and is offered at UC Blue Ash College. The faculty have many years of experience in the medical field and in the educational process. The program has a 95% hire rate of the graduates who pursue employment and a 90% pass rate on the CMA exam. The program curriculum is up to date on the educational needs of the medical assistant and reflects current industry standards.

Students of the Medical Assisting Services program at UC Blue Ash College are encouraged to be active in the American Association of Medical Assistants, the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants and the two local chapters: the Ohio Regional Chapter and the Southwest Ohio Chapter. Students who have participated in these organizations have held state and local offices and taken an active part in the promotion of their profession by attending the annual state conference.

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in order to graduate. Students must also complete all program courses with a final grade of C or above.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash medical assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

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Contact Information

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Program Code: 28ASC-MAS-AAS