Medical Assistant

Information on the alignment requirements for the Medical Assistant Program

CIP Code: 51.0801
CIP Name: Medical/Clinical Assistant
Definition: A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administration of medications and first aid. Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.

Approval Status

The Medical Assistant Alignment was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on April 20, 2011.  Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment.

State Business and Industry Committee recommendation

The Business and Industry Committee recommended that Medical Assistant program completers be eligible for either the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential.

Alignment Map:

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Common Courses (7 credit hours)
Common Courses serve as potential articulation and transfer of coursework between secondary and postsecondary partners.   These courses shall have the same title, credit hour allocation, and competencies.  Institutions may add additional competencies based on local demand.  The sequencing of common courses is determined by the institution.

Medical Administrative Aspects 4 credit hours (pdf)
Emergency Preparedness 1 credit hour (pdf)
Medical Professional Issues 2 credit hours (pdf)

Support Courses  (up to 8 credit hours)
Institutions may utilize existing like courses which adhere to the agreed upon course lengths and competencies.

Medical Terminology 3 credit hours
Anatomy and Physiology (up to) 5 credit hours


Human Body in Health and Disease (up to) 5 credit hours

To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.