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Medical Assisting Technology - Certificate

Medical Assisting Technology

[Vickie Hopkins]

(Certificate)

Medical Assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession whose practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform many administrative and clinical procedures. The business administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients; obtaining patients’ data; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls, correspondence, reports, and manuscripts; assuming responsibility for office care; and handling insurance matters, office accounts, fees, and collections. The clinical duties vary according to state law and may include preparing the patient for examination, obtaining vital signs, taking medical histories, assisting with examinations and treatments, performing routine office laboratory procedures and electro-cardiograms, preparing and administering medications and immunizations, sterilizing instruments and equipment for office procedures, and instructing patients in preparation for x-ray and laboratory examinations. Both administrative and clinical duties involve purchasing and maintaining supplies and equipment. A medical assistant may also be responsible for personnel and office management. Both Administrative and Clinical Duties involve using computer applications. 

This is an 11 month certificate program consisting of classroom work and clinical experience. Students are required to complete all course work with a grade of “C” or higher. Successful completion of the certificate program (45 hours) entitles graduates to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants Certification Examination (CMA AAMA). The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon recommendation by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB’s).



Prerequisite Courses for Medical Assisting

Prerequisite Courses — 4 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
BIO-1534*
Survey of Anatomy & Physiology
4

A combined lecture and laboratory course covering essential principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented, including basic chemistry, cell, and tissue studies, and an overview of all the body systems. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture classes.

American Heart Association CPR at the Health Care Provider level

*BIO 1534 or BIO 2514

 



Freshman Year

First Semester — 18 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
MET-1113
Medical Terminology
3

This course is a study of medical language relating to the various body systems including diseases, physical conditions, procedures, clinical specialities, and abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on correct spelling and pronunciation, and the use of computer assisted software.

MET-1214
Medical Business Practices
4

This course presents the administrative medical assistant procedures with office management written and oral communications. Emphasis placed on billing, collecting, bookkeeping and creating and maintaining medical records. The goal is to provide the student with practice situations through the use of simulated office settings, pegboard simulation, and demonstration.

MET-1314
Clinical Procedures I
4

(Prerequisite: CPT 1113) The purpose of this course is to teach the student to work in the medical assisting position. Thus its aim is to provide the student with on-hands situations through the use of simulated office settings, pegboard simulation, and demonstration. The student will exercise good judgement, act independently, and cope with interruptions. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory. (4)

MET-1413
Medical Law & Ethics
3

This course covers medical law, ethics, acts; legal relationship of physician and patient; legal responsibilities of the medical assistant; and professional liability.

MET-2334
Medical Lab for Med Assistants
4

This course covers techniques of the clinical laboratory including competent use of the microscope, and understanding the theory and knowledge of the common laboratory tests performed in the physician's office. Develops proficiency in laboratory and quality assurance procedures including collection, preparation and processing of specimens, urinalysis, hematology, and biopsy; as well as accurately reporting test results commonly performed in a physician's office.

Second Semester — 17 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
MET-1323
Clinical Procedures II
3

(Prerequisite: MET 1313 Clinical Procedures I) This course is a continuation of Clinical Procedures I and will expand the student's knowledge of the more complex activities encountered in the physician's office. The clinical duties include maintaining surgical asepsis, instructing patients in preparation for radiologic and sonographic studies, performing EKG's, preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician, and providing mobility assistance.

MET-2224
Computer Con for Med Assistant
4

This course will introduce students to the capabilities of a medical practice management software program typical of those currently used in doctors' offices. After completion of this course, the students will have knowledge about working with patient accounts, insurance claim forms, and handling reports dealing with management of the medical practice.

MET-2234
Medical Insurance
4

(Prerequisite: MET 1113) The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with different types of insurance, including disability, Worker's Compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare-Medicaid Cross over claims, group plans such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and TRICARE (formerly known as CHAMPUS). Practical approach to insurance billing, basic medical and insurance abbreviations, terminology, and ICD-9-CM and CPT coding will be presented.

MET-2613
Clinical Review
3

This summary course is designed to reivew the skills, knowledge, and abilities acquired during the didacticum. This course will serve to assist the student in preparing for the certificiation exam, the review of critical clinical skills and professional developmental issues.

MET-1513
Pharmacology
3

The course reflects basic theory and clinical information related to drugs, including classifications, source, dosages and measurements, regulatory requirements, and basic principles of drug administration. At all times, safety is emphasized for the health professional administering the medication and the patients receiving the medication. Accuracy is stressed.



Summer

Summer — 6 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
MET-2716
Practicum
6

This course includes supervised experience in medical offices to provide student with a comprehensive application of administrative and clinical skills. This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to discuss, evaluate, and share learning experiences; designed to strengthen learning situations brought up in a clinical externship. Successful completion of of all freshman and sophomore courses is required. Concurrent registration in Clinical Review MET 2612.

Total Hours: 45



 

CIP:510801

Program of Study Code: 9750