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Medical Assitant 300 1PREREQUISITE: Students must have a GED or high school diploma.

SPECIFIC VOCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:
The program has been divided into twelve modules with open entry and exit.  This allows students to be admitted into any module of the training program without any prior knowledge of materials already covered.  This open entry system allows the students to go back and complete the modules that were not covered at the time of entry into the program.  Each module of the program introduces a new segment of the program.  Upon successful completion of this program the student will be qualified and trained for employment.  During the program, the student will be introduced to and learn about medical terminology, administrative office skills, anatomy and physiology, taking vital signs and patient history, measuring height and weight, universal precaution, assisting the physician with examinations, medical aspects and infection control, surgical asepsis (minor surgery) pharmacology, diagnostic testing, instillation and irrigation procedure for eyes and ears, laboratory procedures, specimen collection and handling, diagnostic radiology, electrocardiography, common emergencies and first aid, and hematology.

Medical Assistants help physicians to examine and treat patients and perform varied administrative tasks in the office.  MA's also obtain employment in labs and hospitals where the duties may be more specific.

The expected outcome for the program is to provide the graduate with the ability to be immediately employable in an entry-level position.  Job titles and positions may include, but are not limited to Clinical Medical Assistant in a Primary Care or Specialty Practice, Front Desk, Receptionist, Insurance/Referral Specialist, Billing & Collections Account Representative, Billing & Collections Cash Management, Phlebotomist I, Medical Lab Technician, Phlebotomy Clerk, Multi-Skilled Technician, Blood Donor Collections, Hospital Registrar, Unit Clerk, Unit Secretary, Unit Billing Specialist, ER Registrar, Medical Records I, and Lab Clerk.   

EXTERNSHIP:  Medical assistants who graduate a program need the kind of skills and knowledge that helps them peform from the first day on the job.  The externship is 180 hours and is optional not mandatory.  It is an excellent way of learning about the day-to-day work of professionals in your field.  It can offer individuals the oppertunity to teast a career by job showdoing.  It can also be a great way of getting one's foot in the front door.

LICENSE / CERTIFICATION:  Medical Assistant can demonstrate thier knowledge of and commitment to professionalism by earning the CMA credential.  The CMA is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the CMA Certification/Recertification Examiniation administred by the American Medical Certification Assocation (AMCA).  The CMA is evidence of competence in a demanding field.

The CMA enjoys increased respect and recognition from professional peers.  Employers recognize the value of the credential.  The CMA also benefits from broader career advancement oppertunities and enhanced job security.  The skills of the CMA are in a wide range of health care delivery settings.  And, the credential is valid wherever the medical assistant goes.

COURSE CONTENT:

MA050 – Medical Terminology  (50 Hours)

This is a comprehensive course that provides an introduction to the basic structure of medical words allowing the student to build a professional vocabulary for the working medical professional.  Students will learn word structure as well as prefixes, suffixes, roots, combining forms, and the formation of plurals. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition of medical terms and correct pronunciation.

MA100 – Computerized & Administrative Medical Office Procedures  (50 Hours)

This course provides the student with medical office skills necessary to handle daily business situations. Composing and processing medical correspondence, prioritizing duties, patient relations, scheduling appointments, and record keeping are discussed.  Other topics that will be discussed include legal, ethical, and regulatory issues in healthcare, patient education and professional development for the Medical Assistant.

MA150 – Patient Billing with Insurance Procedures  (50 Hours)

In this course, the student is introduced to computerized patient billing and how to enter, use and add patient information, handle transactions, produce reports and print statements.  It will also introduce the student to the basic functions of processing medical insurance claims. The student will learn how to complete the general medical insurance claim form, the HCFA 1500, as well as other common carriers; Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, Workers Compensation, etc.  Students will learn through realistic medical office simulations and computer projects.

MA200 – Anatomy & Physiology I  (50 Hours)

Following an introductory section on the organizational structure of the human body, the student will learn to identify the organs that make up that system and discusses their function. In addition, the cooperation between systems in the overall functioning of the human organism is emphasized. Some of the topics include: Cells and Tissues, Organ Systems of the Body, Mechanisms of Disease, The Integumentary System and Body Membranes, The Skeletal System, The Muscular System, The Nervous System, The Senses.

MA250 – Anatomy & Physiology II  (50 Hours)

This course covers more functions of several systems such as the heart and heart disease, the circulation of blood, the lymphatic system and immunity, the respiratory system, the digestive system, nutrition and metabolism, the urinary system, fluid and electrolyte development, genetics and genetic diseases.

MA275 – CPR  (25 Hours)

This course teaches you the skills to save a life.  Students will learn the skills of CPR for victims of all ages.  They will learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).  They will learn how to relieve choking (foreign-body airway obstruction). The skills learned in this course will enable the student to recognize emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond to them.

MA325 – Principles of Asepsis & Infection Control with Blood-Borne Pathogens  (50 Hours)

This course teaches the student the standard precautions in Asepsis. The student will learn routine maintenance of administrative and clinical equipment as well as sterilization techniques and disposal of  biohazardous materials.  It will also introduce students to blood-borne pathogens; where they originate and how to handle them.

MA425 – Clinical Procedures I –Vital Signs  (100 Hours)

In this introductory clinical course, the student learns how to obtain a patient’s medical history, take their vital signs, measure height, weight, head circumference and do an eye exam. The student then learns the names and uses of all the instruments used in a physical exam and practice the scenario of assisting the physician in doing physical examinations.

MA475 – Clinical Procedures II – Pharmacology  (50 Hours)

This course covers the principles of pharmacology and drug calculations. The student learns how to use the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) to quickly look up drug information after they are assigned a list of most commonly prescribed drugs to look up and study over a period of time.  The lectures on drug calculations are followed by practicum in which the student calculates drug dosages and administers four different types of injections.

MA575 – Clinical Procedures III – Electrocardiography (EKG)  (100 Hours)

This course teaches the basics of Electrocardiography (EKG) followed by its practical application.  Using volunteer classmates, each student performs an assigned number of EKG’s, mounts and submits them to the instructor for evaluation.

MA675 – Clinical Procedures IV – Phlebotomy  (100 Hours)

This is a clinical laboratory course in which the student is first taught how to draw blood.  After satisfactorily demonstrating their phlebotomy techniques on a phlebotomy model, the student is then allowed to practice on human volunteers to sharpen their skills and gain confidence.  Students are encouraged to draw blood regularly and the blood is used to carry out Hematology test as assigned by the instructor.  Urinalysis and pregnancy tests are also performed.

MA700 – Career Planning  (25 Hours)

This course provides students with the assistance of resume building and job search. Students will be able to prepare their resume, search for a job, and prepare for personal and technical interviews.  The school placement office will work with students and guides them in the process of obtaining a job.