Medical Assistant - How to Apply - Course Descriptions

Academic Life Skills 15 hours MDL 1000
Master Student Workshop is designed to provide the foundation needed for success in school while preparing for certification or licensure in the chosen healthcare field. Topics of instruction include time management, resource management, study techniques, test taking skills, communication, cultural diversity, ethics and professionalism.

Medical Terminology 45 hours MDL 1010
Medical Terminology course is designed to develop in the students a working knowledge of the language of medicine. Students acquire word building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots and abbreviations. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper uses of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances students’ ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in healthcare.

Anatomy and Physiology 120 hours MDL 1060
Anatomy and Physiology course is the study of the structural complexity of the human body and its intricate functional mechanisms. The areas studied will be an integration of biology and chemistry and will include, but are not limited to: organization of the body, chemical basis for life, cells & tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, blood, circulatory system, lymphatic & immune systems, respiratory systems, digestive system & metabolism, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Clinical Procedures I  120 hours MDL 1020
The student will receive an overview of the Medical Assistant career. An emphasis will be placed on professionalism, history of the profession, human relations, OSHA guidelines, medical asepsis, vital signs, routine medical office procedures, emergency procedures, law, ethics, communication and documentation.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Clinical Procedures II            120 hours MDL 1030
The student will demonstrate an understanding of such skills as maintaining the examination area, performing clinical lab tests, venipuncture, microhematocrit and twelve lead electrocardiograph (ECG). An emphasis is placed on the patient's physical examination and treatment procedures that are performed in a medical office setting.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Medical Office Laboratory Procedures 45 hours MDL 1150
This course is designed to introduce, prepare and ensure student competency in clinical skills required at an entry level position for a medical assistant. Students learn aseptic techniques, minor office procedures, basic diagnostic testing techniques, phlebotomy, patient assessment techniques and applications, along with various other techniques involving assisting a physician within the parameters of a medical office.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Pharmacology            60 hours MDL 1040
The student will identify sources, schedules and classes of drugs. The student will identify and interpret actions of drugs commonly used in a physician's office, accurately calculate drug dosage and identify appropriate medication routes. The student will follow the written, verbal and standing physician orders and properly prepare and administer using aseptic technique as required.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Medical Insurance and Coding 54 hours MDL 1160
This course presents information necessary to understand medical insurance form preparation as it is used in a medical clinical office.  Students will study the legal issues of insurance claims, procedural and diagnostic coding, delinquent claims, problem solving, managed care systems, proper form preparation, and several major types of medical forms,

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Medical Assisting Applications 75 hours MDL 1080
Students will use computer and word processing software to create, modify, store, retrieve and print documents. Word processing features include create, edit, print, format, spell check, thesaurus, file management, styles, merge and sort tables and graphics. This course is an introduction and overview with emphasis on learning and applying the mechanics of the software.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Medical Law and Ethics 40 hours MDL 1140
This course covers information necessary to understand the legal and ethical standards of the medical assisting practice. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of ethical issues, contracts, healthcare worker liability, medical litigation, drug regulations, discrimination issues, OSHA rules, bioethical issues, medical records, acceptable fees, and laws that may affect the health care professional. Emphasis is placed upon the settings that employ medical assistants.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Administrative Medical Office Procedures 105 hours MDL 1100
Students will apply the basic concepts and principles of medical office practices and procedures with entry-level proficiency in the performance of duties in the administrative medical office.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Medical Informatics 45 hours MDL 1120
The student will gain an understanding of the automated medical office by using a computerized medical office package. Included in this software package are billing, charge slips, scheduling, insurance form preparation and patient data storage. The student will demonstrate familiarity with methods and techniques used in literary research for medical professionals. The student will further be exposed to advanced Internet research.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Medical Assisting Simulation 90 hours MDL 1130
This course is designed to build upon previous knowledge from medical assistant course. The student will apply critical thinking skills for medical assistants to include the process of planning, managing and delivering care to patients. During this course, the student will schedule, prepare and assist in the care of a group of virtual patients' health care needs. An emphasis will be placed on communication skills in relation to patients and their families. The student will manage a simulated clinic including patient charts, inventories, billing, scheduling, insurance form preparation, coding and other administrative and clinical duties. A variety of teaching methods, learning activities, and computer research and practical simulations are utilized.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus

Medical Assisting Externship 171 hours MDL 1140
This course is designed to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in previous medical assistant courses to the clinical site. Externship assignments are scheduled to provide students with adjunct faculty and supervised experience in performing the skills and competencies of a medical assistant in a physician's office. Students will accept accountability and responsibility for their own behavior while in the learning environment and will practice within the clinical and legal framework of the profession of medical assistant.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Medical Assistant major or focus