Medical Assisting Course Outline

Course Title:
Medical Assisting

Total Hours:
900 Clock Hours

Total Weeks:
Day Program 32 Weeks
Evening Program 57 Weeks

Course Schedule:

 
  •   Anatomy and Physiology I   60 Hours
  •    Medical Terminology I   30 Hours
  •    Anatomy and Physiology II   60 Hours
  •   Medical Terminology II   30 Hours
  •   Patient Provider Communication   30 Hours
  •   Medical Law and Ethics   24 Hours
  •   Medical Office Procedures   60 Hours
  •   Medical Coding and Billing   60 Hours
  •   Computers in the Medical Office   60 Hours
  •   Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures   60 Hours
  •   Cardiopulmonary Procedures   30 Hours
  •   Medical Assisting Minor Surgical Procedures   26 Hours
  •   Medical Assisting Diagnostic Testing   60 Hours
  •   Pharmacology   30 Hours
  •   Medical Emergencies and Disaster Response   30 Hours
  •   Introduction to Computers   30 Hours
  •   Keyboarding   30 Hours
  •   Mathematics   30 Hours
  •   Professional Development & Externship Preparation   30 Hours
  •   Externship   160 Hours

Total Hours: 900 Hours

 

Curriculum Schedule

 
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (60 hours)

Anatomy and Physiology I is an introduction to the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology that emphasizes homeostatic mechanisms of the various body systems. Among the topics considered are the basic plan of the body, cells, tissues, the skeletal system, the muscular system, cardiovascular, digestive system, and the respiratory system. Lectures are supplemented by reading and/or writing assignments and discussions.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I (30 hours)

This course provides students with the foundations of understanding the medical terms used in healthcare. This course emphasis is on the general rules for building medical terms from word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes. The course will introduce students to the terminology used in medical records and the different medical specialties. Reinforcement of knowledge will be is accomplished via emphases of the word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive system.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (60 hours)

Anatomy and Physiology II continues the study of human anatomy and physiology. Among the topics considered are the lymphatic, urinary system, the nervous system, the endocrine system and the reproductive system. Lectures are supplemented by writing assignments and discussions.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II (30 hours)

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used to describe structural and functional components of various body systems. Students continue to practice on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms referring to lymphatic, urinary, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems as well as special senses.

PATIENT PROVIDER COMMUNICATION (30 hours)

This course provides student with efficient and practical means to achieve cultural and linguistic competence inside and outside of classroom. The emphasis will be on how to avoid stereotypes. The course will provide students with the foundations of patient interviewing technique such as the questions to ask in order to develop a profile of individual health, illness and illness prevention beliefs and practices. This course will also provide students with knowledge on how to handle cultural differences and the best practices to improve the cross-cultural relationship between caregivers and patients. This course examines principles and methods to cultivate patient relations, provide beneficial support, reduce anxiety and improve customer satisfaction.

MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS (24 hours)

This course explores legal and ethical issues in healthcare delivery. Students will review and discuss the legal scope of practice for medical assistants related to professional liability, informed consent, medical documentation, and confidentiality. Emphasis will be to provide students with fundamental cognitive knowledge to perform the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants and provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights. Ethical discussions will focus amongst others on concepts relating to patient safety, therapeutic communication, and evidence based care and how negligence, malpractice, Statue of Limitations and Good Samaritan Act impact the medical assistants practice.

MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES (60 hours)

This course provides an introduction to the Medical Assistant profession. The emphasis is on efficient procedures and administration of the professional office. This course examines principles of financial and practice management and administrative medical assisting common to healthcare settings. Topics include communication and interpersonal relations; patient reception, telephone techniques, patient scheduling, finances, and management of practice education. An emphasis on professionalism and patient relations also is addressed.

MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING (60 hours)

This course introduces students to coding, which is an essential part of insurance filing. Students will learn the codes for diagnoses (1CD-9) procedures (CPT) and the special codes for Medicare/Medicaid (HCPS/CMS). Students will also learn to complete insurance claim forms with the proper CPT and ICD-9 codes.

COMPUTERS IN THE MEDICAL OFFICE (30 hours)

This course introduces students to the use of computers in today's health care office environment. Students focus on the preparation and accurate processing of various medical documents found in the computerized medical office, such as electronic Medicare claims, and medical software to do accounts receivable and insurance bill.

MEDICAL ASSISTING CLINICAL PROCEDURES (60 hours)

Students are presented with the basic ambulatory care skills of preparing and maintaining treatment areas, as well as patient assessment activities to include obtaining patient histories, and measuring vital signs. Students learn the skills needed to function in a clinical office setting including patient relations, proper laboratory procedures and safety, obtaining vital signs, draping patients, assisting with examinations and treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures. Students are introduced to OSHA standards. Students learn the skills needed to assist the physician in different specialty offices.

CARDIOPULMONARY PROCEDURES (30 hours)

This course covers various cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing methods including 12-lead EKG procedures and respiratory testing. Students will also provide with information on how to identify the need for maintenance of EKG equipment. This course is designed to emphasize non-invasive cardiopulmonary diagnostic tests and procedures, such as EKG, PFT spirometry, and Holter monitoring. Students gained knowledge on the electrophysiology of the conduction system, axis determination, and be able to identify and calculate of waveforms and arrhythmias, and patterns of infarction.

MEDICAL ASSISTING MINOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES (24 hours)

This course addresses employee and patient safety concerns in the healthcare environment. Blood borne pathogens, medical/surgical asepsis, minor surgery instrumentation and set-up, suturing, and personal protective equipment are among topics taught and practiced. Through practical applications, students develop the skills necessary to maintain medical asepsis, recognize surgical instrumentation, and conduct proper autoclaving and disinfecting. Students also learn to prepare and maintain a sterile surgical environment, prepare a patient for minor surgery, and assist during minor surgical procedures.

MEDICAL ASSISTING DIAGNOSTIC TESTING (60 hours)

This course introduces the techniques for collecting and processing blood specimens utilized by the physician as diagnostic tools. Emphasis is placed on adhering to universal precautions, OSHA and CLIA guidelines. Students learn the proper blood collection techniques either through venipuncture or capillary puncture. Students will learn how to perform basic blood chemistry and hematology tests, such as glucose, hemoglobin and hematocrit. Emphasis till be not only on performance of test but on how to properly record and report the results. Students also become familiar testing and grouping, and individual blood type identification. This Student will learn the laboratory healthcare systems and principles of healthcare safety, such as laboratory safety, basic laboratory techniques and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), including specimen collection, preservation, and analysis and reporting of all specimen results. Student will be provided with hands on training on how to perform different diagnostic tests such as urinalysis, microbiology and immunology testing.

PHARMACOLOGY (30 hours)

This course provides students with knowledge on the field of pharmacology as it applies to the treatment of diseases and disorders of the human body. Students will be provided with information on the relationship between anatomy and physiology of all body systems and medications used for treatment in each. Students will familiarize with the proper use of the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) and how to accurately read, prepare, and “call in” written prescriptions. Students will be able to identify the classifications of medications with very fundamental knowledge on desired effects, side effects and adverse reactions. Skills learned will relate to safe administration of medications via oral or parenteral routes. Safety and accuracy are stressed. Pharmacology mathematics and dosage calculations are studied.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AND DISASTER RESPONSE (30 hours)

This course addresses employee and patient safety concerns in the healthcare environment. Students will learn how to apply quality control measures in following health and safety policies and procedures to prevent illness and injury. First aid training, medial office emergencies, CPR, OSHA, MSDS, and personal protective equipment are among topics taught and practiced. Students must obtain BLS for Healthcare Provider certification through the American Heart Association. Students will also learn how to identify the critical elements of an emergency plan for response to a natural disaster or other emergency and discuss the potential role(s) of the medical assistant in emergency preparedness.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS (30 hours)

This course provides students with an introduction to the computer, as students discover its operation, capabilities, and limitations. Students are taught key terms, system hardware, and will complete lab exercises designed to provide the practical skills used in a variety of software applications.

KEYBOARDING (30 hours)

Proper keyboarding techniques and principles are developed to maintain a high level of accuracy while building speed. After achieving proficiency in skill building, students progress to formatting activities which include business letters, tabulated reports and multi-page manuscripts.

MATHEMATICS (30 hours)

Review the fundamentals of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percents, interest, payroll math and measurement through practice with computations involving whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percents.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CAREER PLANNING AND EXTERNSHIP PREPARATION (32 hours)

This course examines professional requirements, certification opportunities, and successful career traits for healthcare and business professionals. Topics include resume preparation and interviewing techniques. This course is designed to increase the student’s success in his/her professional and personal life through discussions and activities that promote achievement of career skills. This course will also familiarize students with the rules and guidelines that need to follow for successful externship training. Includes instruction on externship training and the paperwork that needs to be completed.

EXTERNSHIP (160 hours)

The Externship program is intended to provide students with real-world exposure to the health care field Externship will take place in a supervised healthcare environment where they will perform the required duties, responsibilities under the supervision of a health care professional.