Medical Assistant

course

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

This program is designed to provide the students with the basics for an entry-level position in the medical field as a medical assistant. Upon completion, the student will have a working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and medical procedures. The student will learn both front and back office procedures including but not limited to: checking patient’s vital signs, clinical history taking and electrocardiogram.

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Total Number of Quarter Credit Hours 49
Total Number of Clock Hours 840
Total Number of Quarters / Weeks / Months 4 / 40 / 9
Credential awarded Diploma

93%

Completion rate

75%

Job Placement rate

Course Code Course Description Clock Hours Credit Hours
CPT 032 Word Processing 60 3.5
MEA 1303 Medical Office Management 40 3
MEA 1542 Electrocardiogram 50 3
MED 001 Medical Terminology 30 3
MED 006 Anatomy and Physiology 30 3
MED 011 Medical Procedures I 80 5
MED 012 Medical Procedures II 60 4
MED 015 Emergency Medical Care 60 3.5
MED 016 The Medical Assistant Professional 70 4
MED 017 Phlebotomy and Hematology 50 3
MED 030 Electronic Health Records 50 3
SLS1401 Career and Professional Development 50 4
MAD EXT Career and Professional Development 210 7

*The courses shown above may not be offered in the same order in which they are listed.
**Quarter Credit hour conversion 10 Lecture hours = 1 credit / 20 Lab hours = 1 credit / 30 Externship hours = 1 credit

This course is an introduction to the concepts, features and commands of the most popular commercial Word Processing software. Students will learn how to create, format, edit, merge and print documents using basic capabilities of Word Processing software. Classes are conducted in a hands-on-lecture laboratory environment where a computer is assigned to each student. No previous computer training or experience is required. Laboratory is required.

This course is an introduction to basic medical office procedures. Topics covered include legal and ethical issues, commonly used office equipment, the handling of patient records, filing, telephone skills, and scheduling appointments. Electronic medical records software will be used for hands-on training.

This course is an introduction to the field of electrocardiogram techniques (EKG). Students will learn how to prepare the EKG instruments for examinations, to apply the electros on to a patient, and to read the diagnostic printout.

This course is an introduction to medical terminology. Students will learn the current medical nomenclature as well as the Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes that translate their medical meaning. In addition, students will learn to use the medical references and resources for research and practice.

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic anatomy of the human body as well as the individual functions of the organs. Classes are structured starting from the elemental atom, and progressing in complexity until the organism is fully integrated as a functional unit.

This course is designed to teach the student the different clinical concepts and competencies necessary to meet certification standards in the field of medical assistance. This course will cover such areas as asepsis, common infections, interview and examination, history and vitals, and assisting in specialized examinations.

This course is designed to teach the student the different clinical concepts and competencies necessary to meet certification standards in the field of medical assistance. This course will cover such areas as assisting in hot and cold therapy, lab procedure, collecting specimens, microbiology, nutrition, and pharmacology and drug administration.
Prerequisite MED 011

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge in emergency medicine. Students will learn to provide treatment of several medical emergencies such as wounds, hemorrhages, shock, heat exhaustion, poisoning, lacerations, dislocations, fractures, electrical burns and others. This training is given in lectures and hands-on demonstrations.

This course is designed to support and enhance the Medical Assistant externship practice. In a class that simulates a real-life work environment, students will reinforce the practice of the essential tasks that define the scope of the medical assistant program such as preparing patients for procedures and treatment, taking vitals, performing capillary and vein-punctures, and assisting physicians with patient care. Students must be in their final quarter and be in satisfactory progress to take this class.

This course is an introduction to the field of phlebotomy and hematology. Students will learn how to draw and process blood, prepare blood donors and do routine blood tests used in today’s laboratories. Other competencies include the study of blood cells, sedimentation rate, blood smears, bleeding time and urinalysis.

This course is designed to enable students understand the way the Electronic Health Records are implemented in medical offices and general health services. Students will learn how to use the electronic systems in the basic aspects of the medical practice.

This course is designed to help the student develop the necessary skills and knowledge needed to enter the current job market. This preparation will be accomplished by helping students improve their communication skills in a business environment, their resume writing skills as well as their job searching and job interviewing techniques.

Students will participate in an externship program to gain work experience. Each student will be placed in a real work environment under the supervision of a specialist who will evaluate and report his/her performance. Prerequisites: to participate in the “Medical Assistant” externship program, students must have earned passing grades during the first two quarters.

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