The Medical Assistant Program (MA) provides the background which enables a student to assume a responsible entry level position as a Medical Assistant. Required laboratory skills and administrative procedures are taught for use in a physician’s office or clinic. The program concludes with an externship at a medical facility.
Medical Assistant Course Descriptions
Medical Term I
This course is designed to help the student understand the basic function, structure and terminology associated with the human body. Student will also be introduced to the structure, function and diseases that affect the systems of the body.
Medical Term II / Clinical Procedures I w/ A&P
This course will consist of learning prefixes, suffixes, root words and combining words as they relate to each body system. Clinical procedures at this stage of the program are designed to review all clinical phases of the program to ensure that the student is capable of functioning on extern. Anatomy & Physiology will assist the student in understanding the structure, function and diseases that affect systems of the body.
Medical Term III/ Clinical Procedures II w/A&P
This course will allow students to review what they have learned in Medical terminology I & II, by utilizing terms as they sharpen their clinical skills under the supervision of the instructor in the medical lab. Students will also be introduced to the structure and function of the nervous system, circulatory/cardiovascular system; endocrine; digestive and reproductive systems are also introduced and examined.
Cardiopulmonary / EKG /
The circulatory and respiratory systems are introduced with the teaching of blood pressure, temperature, pulse and respiratory measurement techniques. The electrical system of the heart as it relates to electrocardiography is studied along with the EKG machine. First aid will teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to give care in an emergency help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness.
Law & Ethics
This course covers legal relationships of physicians and patients, contractual agreements, professional liability, malpractice, medical practice acts, informed consent, and bioethical issues.
Emphasis is placed on legal terms, professional attitudes, and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Upon completion, students should be able to meet the legal and ethical responsibilities of a multi-skilled health professional.
MS Office (Word, Excel, & Powerpoint)
This course provides competency in the basic functions and features of excel. After an introduction to spreadsheet terminology and Excel’s window components, students will learn how to use the Help system and navigate worksheets and workbooks. Then they will enter and edit text, values, formulas and pictures, as well as save workbooks in various formats. Students also will move and copy data, learn about absolute and relative references, and work with ranges, rows and columns. This course also covers simple functions, basic formatting techniques and printing. Finally, students will create and modify charts and learn how to manage large workbooks. Students will also learn the essentials of Microsoft Word. Create, navigate and save documents, apply character and paragraph formatting, insert symbols and create headers and footers. Find out how to check spelling and grammar, add page breaks, work with document views and learn how to print and convert documents to PDF. Adding graphics and clip art will also be covered. Finally, students will be taught an introduction to the Microsoft PowerPoint. Learn how to create a simple presentation, create and edit slides, insert clipart, apply designs, work with views, and run the slide show. Class will also cover how to save, print, and open presentations.
In this course students will learn how to prepare a resume, organize a job search, complete a job application, interview effectively, project a positive and responsible attitude, negotiate salary, and more.
Bookkeeping / Clinical Procedures I
Students are taught the basic concepts of sterile technique, sterile surgical procedures and injection techniques. The muscular system is introduced. Medical office bookkeeping, cash control, accounts payable, and more are explored.
Professional Development & externship clinical
In this course, administration procedures, filing, telephone techniques, appointments, correspondence and mail handling are studied. Students learn to process patients and assist in examinations. Psychology and communication skills are applied to general patient care and human relations. In this course the instructor and student will spend time completing all requirements to prepare the student for externship.
Externship is performed after successful completion of all classroom training. The student will be under direct supervision of a preceptor (an experienced certified professional who will provide support and guidance to students during clinical placement) in a medical office or other health care setting.