Degree Programs

Medical Assisting AAS

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The program provides Medical Assisting students with the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to assist the physician or nurse practitioner with patients, such as performing routine procedures (blood pressure/pulse/respiration/weight). Other skills include performing routine laboratory tests, billing insurance providers, and performing receptionist duties in a medical office setting. Coursework builds on the certificate program with the addition of courses with enhance communication and the sciences. Students enrolled in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program are able to enter the degree program, while building on previously learned information. The inclusion of coursework in accounting and law in health care will increase the ability to fulfill the role of medical assisting in a variety of settings.
Goals & Outcomes
To prepare the student to communicate effectively with others in a healthcare setting.
  • Students will communicate appropriately with instructors, peers, staff, and clients.
  • Students will communicate appropriately with health care delivery team at related agency.
  • Students will demonstrate acceptance of the rights and dignity within the context of the consumers┬┤ cultural heritage.
To prepare students to develop protocols and policies to be utilized in a healthcare setting.
  • Students will develop protocols and policies appropriate to the agency needs.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate judgment to ensure confidentiality and security of information utilized within the healthcare setting
To provide students with the knowledge of legal and ethical standards.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate legal and ethical behaviors.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of HIPPA regulations.
To prepare the students to demonstrate entry-level medical assistants skills in the cognitive, psychomotor, and effective learning domains.
  • Graduates are satisfied with the knowledge base in the Medical Assisting program.
  • Employers are satisfied with the knowledge base of program graduates.
  • Graduates are satisfied with the skills obtained in the medical assistant program.
  • Employers are satisfied with the skills obtained in the Medical Assistant program.
To prepare students to calculate, display, and interpret statistical information related to the health care field.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to display and interpret statistical information. (MA 108 or 110)
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the use of data to provide emergency health care.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to retrieve health information data to provide assistance to health care consumers
To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
4.5
BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
This course covers the structure and function of the human organism and the regulatory processes that operate within a living system. It introduces general anatomical, physiological, and chemical organization, and includes the integumentary (skin), skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or equivalent preparation, or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. High School Biology r its equivalent recommended. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
HC110 Med Asst - Admin Theory
This course introduces students to the administrative role of medical assistants. Topics include appointment scheduling, telephone procedures, receptionist duties, drug and prescription records, medical records, filing procedures, bookkeeping, insurance forms, banking, collections, processing mail, telecommunications, professional reports, and payroll. Corequisites: MR103 Medical Terminology and IS101 Computer Applications & Concepts 1 or IS100 Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS101 Computer Apps & Concepts 1
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR103 Medical Terminology
This course concentrates on spelling, pronunciation, and the meaning of medical word components, common terms used in selected body systems, and medical abbreviations. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
4.0
AH207 Med Claims Management
The course introduces medical insurance billing, and credit and collection procedures. It provides an understanding of the insurance options and the laws governing the payers/insurers. Topics include preparing and reviewing claims forms, the significance of coding, electronic and computerized billing, and fraud and abuse. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
4.5
BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
This course, which is a continuation of BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, involves the study of structure, function, and regulation in the human organism. Topics include blood, peripheral nerves, the cardiovascular system, lymphatics, the respiratory system, the excretory system, the endocrine system, the reproductive systems, the digestive system, and metabolism. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. Students with transfer credit for BI216 Anatomy and Physiology 1 must complete a three-hour orientation to the use of prosected human cadavers before participating in the BI217 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 laboratory. Transfer students must meet with the Dean of Life and Health Sciences thirty days before beginning this course. See when this course is offered ...
5.0
HC112 Med Asst - Clinical Procedures
This course introduces the clinical skills needed to assist the health care provider in a medical setting. Topics include aseptic techniques and infection control, obtaining the patients history and vital signs, sterilization procedures, recognition and use of surgical instruments, collecting and processing lab specimens, performing diagnostic tests, preparing and administering medications and immunizations, patient teaching, and coordinating patient care with other health care providers. Prerequisite: HC110 Medical Assistant Administrative Theory. See when this course is offered ...
2.0
MR104 CPT Procedural Coding
This course introduces indexing conditions and procedures using the Current Procedural Terminology. It covers how to code from actual medical records and introduces the current prospective payment system(s). (Spring semester) Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR208 Pharm for Allied Health
This course covers the pharmacological, pathophysiological, therapeutic, and diagnostic aspects of medicine. It includes the concepts and medical word components for body systems and disorders encountered in healthcare. Discussions include pharmacological agents and the diagnostics test(s) used for disease processes, the selection of a particular pharmacological intervention, how its effectiveness is monitored using diagnostic interventions, and the value of laboratory tests. Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
AC115 Financial Accounting
This course is the first of a sequence that explores fundamental accounting principles, concepts, and practices as a basis for the preparation, understanding, and interpretation of accounting information. It covers the complete accounting cycle for service and merchandising businesses through the adjustment and closing of the books and the preparation of the income statement, the statement of owner equity, and the balance sheet. The details of accounting for cash, receivables, inventory, long-lived assets, and current liabilities are investigated. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
HC120 Med Asst Admin Externship
This externship allows students to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom and laboratory settings to the administrative aspects of being a Medical Assistant. It includes 180 hours over the course of the semester. Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification must be on file (in the Allied Health Coordinators office) prior to beginning the externship. Prerequisite: HC110 Medical Assistant Administrative Theory. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
HC166 Off Mgmt-Medicl Asst
This course includes the transcribing of medical reports as well as communication techniques such as formatting of medical reports, business communications, and agenda preparation and distribution. The preparation of office policies and procedures are also included. Emphasis is placed on the role of the manager, including personnel management and the provision for the privacy and security of information within the office setting. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
HC200 Advanced Medical Assisting
This course expands on both administrative and clinical competencies in Medical Assisting. It broadens knowledge of administrative office procedures; patient management systems; communication with patients, families, and co-workers; community resources; and stress management. Students are exposed to additional clinical procedures that provide in-depth hands-on experiences with specialty practices, medical emergencies, surgical procedures, nutrition, and diagnostic equipment. Prerequisites: HC110 Medical Assistant Administrative Theory and HC112 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
3.0
AH104 Prof Standards in Hlth Care
The course introduces ethical and trans-cultural issues encountered in healthcare. Examples of topics include value development, ethical theories and controversies, principles of confidentiality, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making. See when this course is offered ...
OR
3.0
MR115 Law in Health Care
This course introduces the legal aspects of health information, with emphasis placed on civil law and how healthcare settings are affected by law and by non-governmental rulemaking bodies. Topics include a review of the history of common law, the primary sources of law, tort law, the court system, corporate liability, medical staff issues, and consent to treatment, confidentiality, reporting obligations, and patient rights. It discusses the principles guiding the control, security, and usage of health information. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
HC122 Med Asst Clinical Externship
This externship allows students to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom and laboratory settings to the clinical aspects of being a Medical Assistant. It includes 180 hours over the course of the semester. Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification must be on file (in the Allied Health Coordinators office) prior to beginning the externship. Prerequisite: HC120 Medical Assistant Administrative Externship. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
HC220 Med Asst Capstone Experience
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop and participate in a community service project. Students are assigned a topic, partner, and community. Students choose an acceptable method to deliver the project. The capstone experience assists students in their transition to entry-level medical assistant. Prerequisite: HC120 Medical Assistant Administrative Externship. Corequisite: HC122 Medical Assistant Clinical Externship. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA045 Basic Math Skills or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...


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