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

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
15

Second Semester

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
15

Third Semester

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

Fourth Semester

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
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.