Medical Assistant (1100 required hours)
Introduction to Medical Assisting will introduce students to various members of the health care team and the medical assistant's role and responsibilities as part of that team in a clinical setting. Students will begin learning the foundations of medical terminology, legal and ethical issues, and ways to communicate with patients verbally and nonverbally.
Medical Terminology is designed to help you interpret and understand medical terminology, in order to be successful in the pursuit of health occupation careers. You will utilize a method of study that not only instructs in building medical terms but also gives immediate application in utilizing the medical term.
This course introduces students to the basics of anatomy and physiology. Students will learn how anatomy and physiology relate to the body structure as a whole—with in-depth studies of each body system—how those systems are interrelated, and what impact disease can have on the body.
Preparing for Clinical Procedures and Assisting with Exams explores the medical assistant’s role in assisting with examinations. Throughout this course, you will be introduced to the basic equipment and supplies needed for different types of examinations, as well as the safety procedures to follow to prevent the spread of infection. You will also examine how to interact with patients in a professional manner.
In this course students will conduct the steps necessary for performing tests in a medical office. This includes studying the different types of tests that can be performed in a physician’s office laboratory, the different supplies and procedures associated with each type of test, and steps for specimen collection. Students will also use a compound light microscope to identify different types of micro-organisms.
Cardiology, Radiology, and Minor Surgical Procedures examines how to prepare patients for various cardiology and radiology tests and the procedure for performing an EKG and Holter Monitor testing. Throughout your time in this course, you will study the processes used to set-up a sterile tray as well as select the appropriate instruments needed for surgical procedures, and will perform minor surgical procedures.
Students will learn the fundamentals of pharmacology rules and regulations, including different forms of medication, dosage calculations, and various methods for administering medication in all forms.
In this course, students will learn the role of the medical assistant in helping patients with rehabilitation techniques. Students will study methods for recognizing what patient body language is communicating and the appropriate response to use to help patients obtain their best recovery. Students will learn how to respond in an emergency situation, this includes studying triage, CPR, and First Aid. Additionally, after students have completed the CPR and First Aid portion of this course, a comprehensive review of clinical skills will be conducted. Students will also prepare for the practicum by studying the rules of conduct and professionalism in the workplace, updating resumes, preparing cover letters for future job applications, and meeting with the Practicum Coordinator.
The objectives for the externship follow the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The tasks/procedures the student is to complete are listed on the Externship Skill Checklist.
Students will develop basic office skills in addition to medical assistant responsibilities, including scheduling patients, correctly identifying components of medical charts, and the steps for diagnostic and procedural coding. Students will also study what HIPAA is and how it applies to patient information.
Medical Front Office Procedures II emphasizes medical reimbursement and coding processes and provides a comprehensive understanding of the history, theory, of medical coding. Explains the procedures and reimbursement policies that govern a health care provider being reimbursed for services provided will be explained, and you will practice documenting the patient medical diagnosis and procedural services, locating diagnostic and procedural codes, and assigning codes appropriately. This course will also introduce the student to the job responsibilities of the office manager and the role they play in keeping the office running legally and efficiently.
Additional Electives
Medical Assistant (0 required hours)
The Medical Assistant Lab - Skills Update course is designed for graduated medical assistant students or practicing medical assistants who need to refresh clinical skill-sets. This course allows you the opportunity to customize a study plan to include the areas you select to study. Throughout the course, an instructor will demonstrate each skill you want to update; then you will be given an opportunity to practice. When you are ready, you work with an instructor to pass off each skill you identified in your course plan.
Job Seeking Skills explores how to prepare and successfully apply to potential career opportunities. During this course, you will be presented with essential job-seeking skills needed to find gainful employment.
Support Courses
Medical Assistant (0 required hours)
Students in this course will receive assistance with essential reading, math, or computer skills to supplement their program study.
Students will learn to use effective study habits and strategies for remembering information found in their textbooks and heard in-class lectures. Students will also learn to use a strategy for reading and taking notes from textbooks, taking notes in class, and learn effective strategies for taking the five types of tests most frequently given by teachers.