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Medical assistant program

Mercy College of Health Sciences and CHI Saint Joseph Health have partnered to fill the critical need for medical assistants in the Lexington, Kentucky region. Here’s your chance to make an impact and become a certified medical assistant (MA) in just one year! No SAT or ACT scores required to enroll — just a high school diploma or GED. Begin your healthcare career with an unprecedented 100% job placement rate at a competitive wage.1 

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start dates in April or October


 employment rate among graduates1


The Lexington, Kentucky cohort has open seats — talk to an enrollment coach now! 




Medical assistants provide critical physician support services to ensure healthcare facilities run smoothly. As an MA you will act as an important patient liaison in a variety of healthcare settings — such as clinic offices for physicians, podiatrists, and other health practitioners.

Administrative duties

  • Welcome patients
  • Answer telephones
  • Schedule appointments
  • Update and file patient medical records
  • Code and fill out insurance forms
  • Arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handle correspondence, billing and bookkeeping

Healthcare duties

  • Collect medical histories
  • Take vitals
  • Draw blood
  • Explain treatment procedures to patients
  • Administer medications (as directed)
  • Prepare patients for examinations
  • Assist the physician during examinations
  • Perform basic laboratory tests
  • Transmit prescription refills (as directed)
  • Provide wound care


  • 2 start dates available in October or April
  • 100% online MercyPLUS coursework
  • 2 six-hour hands-on skill boot camps with an approved instructor
  • 160 hours of in-person clinical practicum(that equates to four 40-hour work weeks)
  • $10,000 tuition cost
  • Unlimited flexibility! Hold a full-time job and earn while you learn.


  • $34,500 per year is the median salary for MAs in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 100% job placement rate
  • Earn-while-you-learn and post-graduation job opportunities available at CHI Saint Joseph Health clinics!
  • 20-30% projected job growth in the next 10 years2
  • Unlimited launchpad for several other healthcare career opportunities
  • Tuition repayment options available in most MA positions

Your Next Steps

Step 1

Speak with a MercyPLUS enrollment coach to answer any program questions and start your MA application. 

Step 2

Our streamlined admissions process is quick and easy and facilitated completely online. Feel free to start, stop and complete all through our enrollment platform. 

Step 3

Your MercyPLUS team and fellow MA cohort peers will be with you every step of the way.

Step 4

After you complete the MA program and pass your Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) exam nothing will stop you! Mercy College is partnering with CHI Saint Joseph Health to fill the critical need for medical assistants in the Lexington, Kentucky region. 

Medical Assisting student practices giving a shot


The medical assisting program is a direct-admit program. When you are admitted to Mercy College, you are automatically admitted into the medical assisting program! Complete the Mercy College application to get started. If you are transferring credits, please visit our transfer page to learn more.

The following courses and sequencing is a sample of required courses to graduate from the Medical Assisting program. The following courses are designed to allow students to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Exam.

Quarter 1
MA 101 - Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures I (4 cr)
MA 106 - Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr)
Quarter 2
MA 102 - Medical Assisting Lab Procedures I (4 cr)
MA 121 - Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures II (3 cr)
Skills Lab - Quarter 2 Skills Lab – This in-person, six-hour skills lab will take place at CHI Saint Joseph Health in Lexington, Kentucky during one Friday of the quarter.
Quarter 3
MA 108 - Diseases of the Human Body (3 cr)
MA 122 - Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II (4 cr)
Skills Lab - Quarter 3 Skills Lab – This in-person, six-hour skills lab will take place at CHI Saint Joseph Health in Lexington, Kentucky during one Friday of the quarter.
Quarter 4
MA 201 - Medical Assisting Professional Components (2 cr)
MA 202 - Medical Assisting Practicum (4 cr) – All medical assistant students are required to complete 160 hours of clinical practicum with a local healthcare partner in order to complete the program. This practicum allows students to experience hands-on learning in actual medical offices.

FALL: October

FAQ: medical assistant careers

How much do medical assistants make?

According to, the median salary for a medical assistant is $34,500 per year in Lexington, Kentucky; however, compensation varies according to many factors, including location, work setting and experience. 

How do you become a certified medical assistant?

After completing our one-year medical assistant program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) exam to earn their certification. 

Do medical assistants draw blood? Can medical assistants give shots?

Medical assistants in our program do learn to draw blood and administer shots as needed, however, it depends entirely on their place of employment if they will perform these duties.  

Is medical assisting a good career?

Absolutely. Becoming a medical assistant takes only one-year to complete, pays well, is a high-demand healthcare career option and provides fulfilling, meaningful work. You will never be bored with this job — every day is different. Many have found that medical assisting is a great launching pad into other advanced healthcare career fields as they gain more experience. 

How hard is the medical assistant certification test?

Mercy College’s medical assistant program touts an impressive 100% pass rate among graduates for the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) exam. The exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions administered in four 40-minute segments. The question categories are general, administrative and clinical. 

How is a medical assistant different from a physician assistant?

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks with physician supervision. Physician assistants examine, diagnose and treat patients while working under a physician, who may or may not be on-site. 

FAQ: medical assistant program

Do I need SAT or ACT scores to enroll? 

No, the only requirement for this program is a high school diploma or GED.

How will I complete the required 160 hours of clinical practicum? 

Mercy College will work with you to secure 160 hours of clinical practicum with one of our healthcare partners near you. This practicum is very important as it allows students to experience hands-on learning in actual medical offices.

Am I able to work full-time while getting my MA certificate?

Yes, this program is great if you want to earn while you learn. In fact, job opportunities are available at CHI Saint Joseph Health clinics in Lexington, Kentucky. 

How much does it cost to complete the medical assisting program? 

The MercyPLUS medical assistant program costs around $10,000. This equates to $2,500 per quarter up to 12 credits. If financing your education is a major hurdle, there are several tuition reimbursement and scholarship opportunities for you to explore!  

Is the program all online or in person?

The medical assistant program is 100% online instruction through our MercyPLUS platform, however there are two in-person skills labs that must be completed in order to graduate. 

Where are the medical assistant skills labs located and when do they take place?

The two, six-hour skills labs take place at CHI Saint Joseph Health in Lexington, Kentucky unless you have enrolled through an external cohort partnership. Mercy College is continuously expanding cohort locations as demand continues to rise across the United States. 

Skills labs take place in the second and third quarter of the program. 

How long does it take to complete the MA program?

Mercy College’s medical assistant program takes one year to complete. This is broken out into four quarters. Our goal at Mercy College is aimed to be as flexible as possible to remove any barriers to higher education, so you can work with your enrollment coach to determine your program trajectory to fit your schedule. 

What is online learning like?

The MercyPLUS online platform hosts discussions boards, educational videos, writing assignments, and other activities to enrich your learning experience — all at the click of your mouse. You can read more about online learning here.

1. Job placement: Job placement statistics are based off of the 2018 graduate cohort.
2. Projected growth: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants.
3. Pass rates: Exam pass rate is based on 2019 graduates.