Medical Assistant



Program Objective: 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 Description: This program is designed to provide students with a foundation as a Medical Assistant. It consists of a hands-on approach to the most widely used Medical Assistance concepts performed in medical facilities throughout America. The student will receive a basic knowledge of basic medical procedures using a variety of methodologies. Major medical courses are: Medical Office Management, Medical Procedures I & II, Electronic Health Records, Electrocardiogram, Radiology, Phlebotomy & Hematology, Emergency Medical Care, and The Medical Assistant Professional. Other supporting course taught is Career and Professional Development.

This program is taught in two modalities:

  1. Face-to-Face,
  2. Blended (a combination of Interactive Distance Leaning (IDL) and Face-to-Face) Externship is the only course that must be taken in a medical facility where medical tasks are performed under the supervision of an Office Manager.
Total Number of Quarter Credit Hours 49
Total Number of Clock Hours 840
Total Number of Quarters / Weeks / Months 3 / 30 / 7
Credential awarded Diploma
Course Code Course Description Clock Hours Credit Hours Lecture/Lab/Externship
MED 030 Electronic Health Records 50 3 ½
MEA 1303 Medical Office Management 40 3 2/1
MED 001 Medical Terminology 30 3 3/0
MED 006 Anatomy and Physiology 30 3 3/0
MED 011 Medical Procedures I 50 3 1/2
MEA1542 Electrocardiogram 50 3 1/2
250 18 11/7
MED 020 Radiology 50 3 1/2
MED 012 Medical Procedures II 90 5 1/4
MED 017 Phlebotomy and Hematology 50 3 1/2
MED 015 Emergency Medical Care 60 4 2/2
250 15 5/10
MED 016 The Medical Assistant Professional 80 5 2/3
SLS1401 Career and Professional Development 50 4 3/1
MAD EXT Medical Assistant Externship 210 7 0/0/7
340 16 5/4/7

Students will be issued a Tablet with the following specifications:

  • 1. Hardware: 32 GB, 1080P, 10.1 HS Display with keyboard,
  • 2. Software: Cengage Premier E-Book package for one-year,
  • 3. Student Gmail account and access code.

Quarter Credit hour conversion:
10 Lecture hours = 1 credit / 20 Lab hours = 1 credit / 30 Externship hours = 1 credit Program

Program Cost: $15,635. (includes Non-refundable Registration, Technology Fee, Tuition and three Scrubs)



The student in this program is considered as a Full-Time since they shall take 24 - 25-hours of instruction per week for 30-weeks. An additional 10 weeks is provided to finish the Externship hours as required for graduation.

ONET: 43-1011.00 - 31-9092.00 - Medical Assistant
National Center for Education Statistics: CIP 51.0801 - Medical/Clinical Assistant
Bureau of Labor Statistics: 31-9092.00 - Medical Assistant

New Professions Technical Institute (NPTI) has moved from hard-copy textbooks and workbooks to E-books. During the Admissions process the student receives a tablet with an access code. The access code last the 7-months of training and provides the student with the resources needed to complete the program. The access code upload has a one-year time limit. After that time the tablet is the students to keep

The student pays a Technology Fee (see OTHER CHARGES) for this service. The Technology Fee covers the use of software via the access code, hardware via the tablet provided after being admitted to a program, and the use of Humboldt Group (HG) E-library Resource Center.

HG E-library Resource Center with its collection of databases that is available to all students and faculty, at any time and from practically any location where an Internet connection is available. The electronic library provides students with the required resources necessary to succeed in their class work. The virtual library provides an outstanding collection of selected resources, such as e-books, journal databases, full-text and peer-reviewed articles, theses, dissertations, financial data, industry reports, and learning objects, all of them oriented to support learning, teaching and research.

Many of the resources are also available in Spanish language. All subjects taught at NPTI are comprehended in the e-library:

  • Business Administration / Management
  • Computer & Information Technology
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • History / Social Sciences / Government Documents
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Science, Technology & Engineering

Humboldt Group has partnered with the Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN), an online collection of library resources to accommodate distance learning students and faculty needs. Custom collections by programs are created with other relevant publishers as: McGraw Hill, Cengage Learning, EBSCO Services, Springer, E-Library and OCEANO.

Below is a list of E-books for the Medical Assistant program. The list of books used for each program may change at any time based on faculty recommendations and new editions.

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 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 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 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.

Radiology is the medical specialty concerned with radiation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, including both ionizing radiation such as X-Rays and nonionizing radiation such as ultrasound. This introductory course allows the student to broaden their scope in the Medical Assisting field.

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 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 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 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.
Prerequisite: to participate in the “Medical Assistant” externship program, students must have earned passing grades in every course in quarters one and two.

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