Medical Assistant

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

MEDA 110R : Pharmacology

This course is an introduction to the principles of pharmacology, focusing on the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective drug therapy. Emphasis will be placed on the following pharmacologic information: sources of drugs, sources of drug information, drug legislation and standards, classification of drugs, drug action, factors that effect drug action, adverse affects of drugs, administration of drugs, record keeping, abbreviations and symbols, drug calculation and the Medical Assistant’s responsibilities in drug therapy. Specific drugs and the procedures for administering drugs will be integrated into Clinical Procedures I and II.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MEDA 102R, MEDA 121R, MEDA 130R (or corequisite)

MEDA 121R : Medical Office Practice I

The first of two Medical Office Practice courses, this course will offer students the opportunity to explore, study, and practice numerous administrative responsibilities associated with work in a medical office. The course focuses on career opportunities, professionalism, appointment scheduling, letter composition relevant to the medical office, telephone techniques, records management, banking duties, and the maintenance of a recordkeeping system. The major insurance carriers are reviewed as well as such programs as Worker’s Compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, CHAMPUS/CHAMPVA. Accuracy in procedural and diagnostic coding will be stressed as a way to maximize reimbursement. Students will use computerized patient and insurance billing software to produce insurance claims and patient invoices efficiently.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)

MEDA 124R : Medical Office Practice II

The second of two Medical Office Practice courses, this course continues to offer students the opportunity to explore, study, and practice numerous administrative responsibilities associated with work in a medical office. The course focuses on career opportunities, professionalism, appointment scheduling, letter composition relevant to the medical office, telephone techniques, records management, banking duties, and the maintenance of a recordkeeping system. The major insurance carriers are reviewed as well as such programs as Worker’s Compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, CHAMPUS/CHAMPVA. Accuracy in procedural and diagnostic coding will be stressed as a way to maximize reimbursement. Accuracy in procedural and ICD current diagnostic coding will be stressed as a way to maximize reimbursement. Students will use computerized patient and insurance billing software to produce insurance claims and patient invoices efficiently.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MEDA 130R : Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures I

The first of a two-course sequence designed as an introduction to the essential knowledge and clinical skill required by the medical assistant. Instruction in this course stresses theory, principles and skills related to medical asepsis and infection control; treatment protocols and drug and diet therapies involved in the various systems of the human body, taking medical history; vital signs and anthropometric measurements; patient preparation and assisting in physical examinations; instrumentation, sanitation, disinfection and sterilization of instruments and equipment; assisting with minor surgical procedures; administration of EKGs; preparation, storage, and administration of medication; diagnostic imaging; and review of medical office emergencies including CPR and airway obstruction.

Credits

5

Prerequisites

HLTH 102R, MEDA 121R, MEDA 110R, BIOL 103R or BIOL 201R and Matriculation in the Medical Assistant Program (or corequisite)

MEDA 135R : Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures II

This second of a two-course sequence is designed as a co-requisite course for the medical assistant student attending MA Practicum. Skills and competencies learned in Clinical Procedures I will be reinforced in order for the student to gain a higher level of proficiency and confidence in their abilities as medical assistants. Theory content will cover anatomy and physiology, and place emphasis on specific organs and body systems and their associated illnesses and disease entities. In addition, the physiological aspects of working with special populations will be considered. This course stresses the disease processes, diagnostic studies, treatment protocols, and drug and diet therapies involved in the various systems of the human body.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

HLTH 102R, MEDA 110R, MEDA 130R, BIOL 103R or MEDA 121R, MEDA 124R; Matriculation in the Medical Assistant Program (or corequisite)

MEDA 190R : Medical Assistant Practicum

The student performs administrative and clinical skills, under the supervision of qualified staff members, in a physician’s office and in a clinical laboratory as available. During the affiliation, the student adheres to the working hours and policies of the assigned agency. The student is not paid for the 160 hour practicum.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)

 

MEDA 192R : Medical Assistant Senior Seminar

Senior seminar is offered in the final semester of the Medical Assistant Program. This capstone course will provide the students an overview of the complete medical assisting curriculum. Classroom meetings provide the opportunity to explore and discuss their program experiences while integrating the theoretical concepts with their practicum experiences. Emphasis is placed on all facets of medical assisting pertinent to administrative, laboratory, and clinical procedures performed in the medical environment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas covered on the national certification examination for medical assistant. Activities will include; applying and preparing for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam, updating resumes, cover letters, applying for jobs, interviewing techniques and successful employment strategies.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MEDA 190R-enrolled or completion of all other MA programs