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MEDICAL ASSISTANT

OBJECTIVE

The Medical Assistant program has been designed to provide the student with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in various related areas of the Medical Assistant field, modern laboratory techniques, and medical office procedures. Graduates will be qualified for an entry level position as a Medical Assistant. Also, this program meets the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services HIV/AIDS Education. A Medical Assistant Diploma is awarded.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Introduction to the structure of the body, medical terminology and introduction to clinical procedures. Areas covered are the Immune, Digestive, Respiratory, Urinary and Reproductive systems. Also, the program covers office techniques with special attention to billing and coding, patient initial and follow-up documents, filing, scheduling and meeting minutes. Students will complete a 4 hour HIV/AIDS course during the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A student is eligible for graduation upon fulfillment of the following requirements:

Medical Assistant Program Costs

Registration Fee

$150

Books & Supplies

$600

Tuition

$9000

Total Program Costs

$9750

CERTIFICATION

This program is eligible for national certification by the National Association of Healthcare Technicians. Certification is not a requirement for graduation.

PROGRAM LENGTH

MEDICAL ASSISTANT COURSES

This course offers an introduction to the structure of the body including cells and tissues, organs, systems, musculoskeletal, nervous systems, endocrine and digestive systems. Students learn about diseases that are frequently first diagnosed and treated in the health field.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

HS-1021

Structure & Function of the Body I

30

30

60

This course offers an introduction to the structure of the body including cells and tissues, organs, systems, musculoskeletal, nervous systems, endocrine and digestive systems. Students learn about diseases that are frequently first diagnosed and treated in the health field.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

HS-1022

Structure & Function of the Body II

30

30

60

This course introduces clinical procedures, including vital signs, patient assessments, assisting with the primary physical exam, patient education, infection control, surgical supplies and instruments, surgical asepsis and assisting with surgical procedures.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

MA-1042

Clinical Procedures I

30

30

60

This course introduces principles of Pharmacology, Pharmacology math, administering medications, assisting in microbiology and immunology, assisting in analysis of urine and assisting in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

MA-1043

Clinical Procedures II

30

30

60

This course provides an overview and introduction to Electronic Health Records. Overview of Simchart for medical office, privacy, confidentiality and security, implementing electronic health records, administrative use of the electronic health records, clinical use of the electronic health records, competency assessment, using the electronic health record for reimbursement, the personal health record.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

BC-1046

Electronic Health Records

30

30

60

An introductory course designed to enable the student to learn the basics of diagnostic coding, basics of procedural coding, basics of health insurance, the medical billing and reimbursement.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

BC-1045

Insurance Billing and Coding

30

30

60

This course introduces Principles of Electrocardiography, and illustrates the electrical conduction system through the heart and the cardiac cycle; describe the electrical views of the heart recorded by the 12-lead electrocardiograph; compare and contrast electrocardiograph artifacts and the probable cause of each; interpret a typical electrocardiograph tracing, describe common electrocardiographic arrhythmias. Also assisting with Diagnostic Imaging: the basic principles of radiography and the types of x-rays, distinguish among the three body planes and use these terms correctly when discussing radiographic positions; precautions for ensuring the safety of equipment operators and staff members during x-ray procedures.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

HS-1040

Principles of ECG & Radiography

30

30

60

This course will teach students current phlebotomy practice and documentation, standard procedures for venipuncture practice, will cover infectious diseases and its prevention, how to use special equipment and possible complications. Also, protocols for venipuncture procedures developed by the Health Department will be addressed to the students with emphasis in accident prevention.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

HS-1041

Principles of Phlebotomy

30

30

60

This course provides an overview of the daily operations in the ambulatory care setting, the health records, scheduling appointments and patient processing, technology and writing communications, telephone techniques, professional behavior in the work place, patient accounts, collections and practice management, banking service and procedures, medicine and ethics, medicine and laws.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

MA-1044

Office Techniques

30

30

60

Students are placed in a doctor’s office to obtain actual experience as a medical assistant. Emphasis will be given to medical asepsis, vital signs, physical examination, sterilization and disinfection. Use of medical office equipment and general medical office procedures will be emphasizes. (4 hours of mandatory HIV/AIDS course will be included in the 160 of Clinical Externship)

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

MA-1049

Externshi

160