Medical Assistant

Medical Terminology

MEDA120

This is an introductory course in medical terminology. The course focuses on accurate spelling and pronunciation of terms and building knowledge of basic medical vocabulary with an emphasis on prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining vowels. Anatomical, physiological, and pathological terminology are covered. Terminology related to the body systems is discussed.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Clinical Procedures I

MEDA200

This course is designed to give the medical assistant student knowledge and practice in skills needed in a medical office. Topics include managing the clinical environment, patient teaching, obtaining a medical history and vital signs, assisting with examinations, sterilizing equipment, assisting with minor office surgery, and understanding diet and nutrition.

3 credits
Prerequisite: MEDA120 (C or better) or BIOL115 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Clinical Procedures II

MEDA201

This course offers the student knowledge and practice in medical assisting skills required in a medical office. Pharmacology, medication administration, and principles of medical assisting in specialized areas of medicine are the main focus.

3 credits
Prerequisite: MEDA200 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Laboratory Procedures

MEDA203

This course is a laboratory introduction to microscopic and chemical analysis of blood and urine as performed in the physician’s office. Basic procedures for diagnostic tests, including the handling and preservation of specimens, urinalysis, and capillary and venous blood withdrawal are performed.

3 credits
Prerequisite: MEDA120 (C or better) or BIOL115 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Phlebotomy Procedures and Techniques

MEDA204

This course provides skill development in the performance of blood collection using proper techniques and universal precautions. Topics include vacuum collection devices, capillary skin punctures, butterfly needles, and specimen collection on adults, children and infants with emphasis on patient identification, quality assurance, and specimen handling, labeling, processing, and accessing.

3 credits
Prerequisite: MEDA120 or BIOL115
Corequisite: MEDA120 or BIOL115

Medical Law and Ethics

MEDA205

This course is an introduction to the concepts of medical law and ethics for health care practitioners. Topics including criminal and civil acts, contracts, negligence, and ethical concepts as they relate to the medical profession. Managed care, HIPAA and other health care legislative rulings are discussed.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Medical Administrative Procedures

MEDA215

This course examines the role and function of the medical professional. Topics including patient education, compliance with HIPAA, and relationships with health care providers are covered. Students are introduced to the latest in financial procedures, financial management concepts, and communication technology and skills essential in preparing them for today's job market.

3 credits
Prerequisite: OADM140 or OADM101 plus OADM104
Corequisite: OADM140 or OADM101 plus OADM104

Medical Insurance, Billing and Reimbursement

MEDA216

This course covers advanced medical administrative procedures using billing software. Topics including maintaining files, entering patient data, inputting insurance, posting transactions, generating reports, and scheduling appointments are covered.

3 credits
Prerequisite: OADM140 or OADM110 plus OADM104
Corequisite: OADM140 or OADM110 plus OADM104

Medical Assistant Externship

MEDA220

The course prepares students to work in a medical office assisting physicians and office personnel by performing assigned duties in both administrative and clinical procedures. The work experience is supported by instructor site visits and classroom seminars.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Completion of all courses in the medical assisting program with a grade of C or better and permission of the Department of Business Studies.
Corequisite: None

Phlebotomy Externship

MEDA230

The student is required to perform 160 hours of clinical practice at an affiliated clinical training site. Periodic meetings between the College's Externship Coordinator and student are held to review actual experience and observation in the light of theory and skills learned academically.

4 credits
Prerequisite: Completion of all courses in the Phlebotomy Certificate program with a C or better and permission of the Department of Business Studies
Corequisite: None

Medical Transcription I

MEDA275

The student will develop transcription skills to accurately transcribe medical papers and reports such as: history and physicals, consultation reports, operative reports, discharge summaries, x-ray reports, pathology reports, autopsy reports and letters.

3 credits
Prerequisite: OADM140 (C or better) or OADM101 (C or better) plus OADM104 (C or better); and MEDA120 (C or better) or BIOL115 (C or better).
Corequisite: None

Medical Transcription II

MEDA279

This intermediate-level course will provide skills needed to accurately transcribe physician-dictated reports. Emphasis is on developing accuracy, speed, and medical knowledge for transcribing chart notes, history and physical examination reports, consultations, and discharge summaries. Students will be prepared for entry-level employment in doctors' offices and clinics.

3 credits
Prerequisite: MEDA275 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Medical Transcription: Surgery

MEDA289

This advanced-level course will provide skills needed to accurately transcribe physician-dictated reports for surgical transcription practices from all major body systems and medical specialties. Emphasis is on developing accuracy, speed, and medical knowledge for transcribing chart notes, history and physical examination reports, consultations, operative reports, and discharge summaries.

3 credits
Prerequisite: MEDA275 (C or better)
Corequisite: None