Medical Assistant

Occupational Major

This major is primarily designed for job preparedness. Students who are considering transferring to a four-year college should be aware that decisions on transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 • Phone (215) 504-8227
Curriculum Code No. 2131

Medical Assistants work in medical practices, clinics, and hospitals. Medical Assistants have cross-training for both administrative and clinical responsibilities. Their administrative duties include keeping patient records, managing financial matters, handling insurance arrangements, processing correspondence, and managing an office. In the clinical setting, the medical assistant prepares and assists in patient examination, records laboratory data, and obtains patients' vital signs.

Prospective students with inadequate preparation should be aware that they may need additional time to acquire the necessary academic background. Prerequisites and co-requisites for the required courses must be followed.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • perform basic administrative medical assisting functions including scheduling appointments, coding, managing accounts receivables and payables, and maintaining accounting records;
  • perform basic clinical medical assisting functions including preparing and maintaining examination treatment areas, assisting with examinations, procedures and immunizations, collecting and processing specimens, performing diagnostic testing, and applying proper aseptic techniques;
  • perform within legal and ethical boundaries; and
  • display a professional manner and image.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
ACCT103
Introductory Accounting
3
BIOL115
Basic Human Anatomy
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking D,3
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,1
3
HLTH110
Responding to Emergencies 2
3
MEDA205
Medical Law and Ethics
3
MEDA220
Medical Assistant Externship D
3
MGMT120
Business Math D,5
3
OADM105
Administrative Office Procedures I D
3
OADM110
Business Communication A,D,1
3
MEDA120
Medical Terminology
3
MEDA200
Clinical Procedures I D
3
MEDA201
Clinical Procedures II D
3
MEDA203
Laboratory Procedures D
3
MEDA215
Medical Administrative Procedures D
3
MEDA216
Medical Insurance, Billing & Reimbursement D
3
MEDA275
Medical Transcription I D
3
HITT297
Medical Coding D
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 4
3
Cultural Perspective B 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,D,6
3
Total Credit Hours 63

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
BIOL115
Basic Human Anatomy
3
OADM105
Administrative Office Procedures I D
3
MEDA120
Medical Terminology
3
MGMT120
Business Math D
3
MEDA205
Medical Law and Ethics
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
MEDA215
Medical Administrative Procedures D
3
COMP110
English Composition I 1,D,A
3
MEDA275
Medical Transcription I D
3
MEDA200
Clinical Procedures I D
3
ACCT103
Introductory Accounting
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
MEDA203
Laboratory Procedures D
3
OADM110
Business Communication 1,D,A
3
MEDA216
Medical Insurance, Billing & Reimbursement D
3
MEDA201
Clinical Procedures II D
3
HLTH110
Responding to Emergencies 2
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking D,3
3
Total Credit Hours 18

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
MEDA220
Medical Assistant Externship D
3
HITT297
Medical Coding D
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,D
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 4
3
Cultural Perspective B 3
Total Credit Hours 15

All students are required to pass OADM140 either by taking the course at Bucks County Community College or by passing the appropriate challenge test given by the Office Administration Area at the College. A competency of 35 w.p.m. with a 5-error maximum on a timed writing is required. OADM140 may be used as an elective course

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory.
C Any INTG course may be chosen.
D Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Writing requirement.
2 Satisfies Personal Health.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
5 Satisfies College level Mathematics or Science.
6 Satisfies Intensive Writing requirement.