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
NE 100: Microsoft Suites
Students will become familiar with Microsoft Office Suite’s set of programs that are commonly utilized for productivity tasks, including word processing programs, spreadsheet tools, presentation software, email programs and others.
NE 101MA: Intro to Medical Computers w/ Medisoft
Students will be introduced to Computer programs such as Medisoft and Electronic Medical Systems EMS. Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point in an effort to utilize skills learned for various projects.
MA 101A: Intro to MA Practices/HIPAA/OSHA & Med Term
Week 1 and 2 Students will be introduced to what Medical Assisting encompasses and the various types of Medical practices where he/she can be employed. The students will be introduced to the first phase of medical terminology which is the medical language utilized in the medical profession. This will involve the introduction of common medical abbreviations and symbols. Week 3 and 4 during this module the students will be introduced to the laboratory and its functions. They will also be introduced to HIPAA, OSHA standards, universal and standard precautions, infection control and lab safety. The students will also be introduced to making recordings in medical charts (SOAP) notes, as well as learning how to take and measure vital signs.
MA 102A: Anatomy & Physiology I/Med Terminology
Week 1 Students will be introduced to Anatomy and Physiology Part 1 which explains how the body is organized into different systems and their origins. The Medical Terminology associated with the organization of the body will be learned as well. Week 2 Students will be introduced to the skeletal system learning the functions and names of the bones in the body along with the associated Medical Terminology. Week 3 Students will be introduced to the Integumentary System and the importance of how the skin is to the body with the associated Medical Terminology. Week 4 Students will be introduced to the muscular system where they will learn the names and functions of the muscles in the body along with the Medical Terminology for this system. Lab work will include Positioning of the body, charting, measurements, needle and needle sizes and injections along with vital signs.
MA 103A: Cardiovascular, Nervous, Respiratory & Urinary Systems
Week 1 Students will be introduced to the Cardiovascular System. Here they will see how the Heart works and functions. The Students will be introduced to the Medical Terminology associated with this system and learn the EKG. Week 2 Students will learn about the Nervous System and how the nerves in the body function along with the associated Medical Terminology. Week 3 Students will be introduced to the Respiratory System to show how one breathes and how it affects the body with the associated Medical Terminology along with it. Week 4 Students will be introduced to the Urinary System and how the body rids waste through urine along with the associated Medical Terminology with this system. Lab work will include Urinalysis, Microscope, Microbiology, EKG, Phlebotomy, Vitals and Peak Flow Meter.
MA 104A: Reproductive, Lymphatic, Endocrine & Immune Systems
Week 1 Students will be introduced to the Male and Female Reproductive System how it functions and the make-up of the human sex organs along with the diseases and disorders. The Medical Terminology associated with this system will be learned as well during this module. Week 2 Students will be introduced to the Lymphatic and Immune System along with the associated Medical Terminology. Students will learn about immunity, diseases and disorders in the body. Week 3 Students will be introduced to the Digestive System along with the Medical Terminology. During this module students will learn about the passage of food and the effect it has on the body. Week 4 The Endocrine System and Special Senses along with the associated Medical Terminology will be discussed. Lab work will include Snellen Charts, Ear Irrigation procedures, removal of sutures and open lab.
MA 105A: Administrative Medical Assistant
Week 1 and 2 Students will be introduced to the Administrative Medical Assistant. Here they will learn about office equipment, office computers, Microsoft word, PowerPoint, excel. Students will learn the Medisoft Medical Program, mail, managing office supplies, patient records and office records. Week 3 and 4 Students will be introduced to the art of Interacting with patients from different back grounds and sexes. They will be scheduling appointments, patient reception, patient education, basic bookkeeping, billing and collections. Lab will be open with emphasis on documenting.
MA 106A: Medical Law & Ethics/Human Behavior
Week 1 and 2 Students will be introduced to Law and Ethics in the Medical Community. Students will learn how to effectively communicate with patients, families and Coworkers learning al the phases of effective communication including the communication circle Maslow’s Hierarch of Human needs, Understanding Human behavior and types of communication Psychology 101. Week 3 and 4 Students will learn to assist with a general Physical Exam and will learn the Surgical Instruments used in the Medical Office. Students will learn Specialties in the Medical field to work in, Medical Emergencies, Triage and assisting with Minor surgery. Lab work will be open to zone skills already learned.
MA 107A: Nutrition & Special Diets/Pharmacology
Week 1 Students will be introduced to Nutrition and Special Diets. Students will learn about the food chain and the important of Nutrition to the body. Students will learn how to educate patients when instructed by the Physician on what diet or lifestyle change a patient needs to adhere to. Week 2 and 3 Students will learn the Principles of Pharmacology. The students will learn the brand and generic names of medicines. Students will learn to calculate measurements when instructed by a Physician. Week 4 Students will learn about X-Rays and Diagnostic Radiology. Here they will learn the types of Diagnostic procedures ordered by a Physician and the preparation needed by patient before they can undergo a procedure such as a Barium Meal preparation. X-Ray positioning will be shown. Lab Students will be introduced to the study of pharmacology which is the study of how a drug affects a biological system and how the body responds to the drugs.
MA 108A: First Aid/CPR & Professional Development
Week 1 Students will learn how to bandage along with basic First Aid. CPR will be taught by the Instructor as well. Week 2: First Aid/CPR/AED training by American Heart Association Test and Certification. Week 3 and 4: Professional Development Students will be taught the basics of resume writing and updating, dress for success, proper grammar and speech patterns, telephone usage and language, interviewing techniques and career searches. Field trips can be organized, as well as extern/career interviews.
MA 299: Externship (180 hrs.)
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.