Medical Assisting

The course in Medical Assisting is broken into six modules, each consisting of fourteen seven hour days or 98 hours.  After the completion of all six modules the students will have spent 588 hours in classroom study, computer practice, and laboratory exercises.

Following the in-school experience of six modules, students will be required to extern at a medical facility to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge for 160 hours.

Click the module numbers below to learn more about what is covered in each.  If you have any further questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or visit our Application and Admission page to get started on your road to becoming a Medical Assistant today!

The clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting are explored. Emphasis is placed on the MA scope of practice, chain of command, and professional attributes that are conducive to the health care environment.  Students will be introduced to medical terminology through both verbal and practical applications.  Additionally, this course provides an overview of medical law and ethics, HIPAA, and medical office emergencies.  Clinical laboratory procedures performed include basic life support (BLS/CPR), vital signs, patient interviewing, triage, and examination preparation.

The principles of infection control, aseptic techniques for the office and surgical environments.  The chain of infection, pathogenic microorganisms, and blood borne diseases are emphasized. Awareness concerning HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C is promoted during this course.   Federal regulations and Standard Precautions concerning the handling of blood and infectious materials are discussed.  In addition, the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the urinary, reproductive, and integumentary body systems are explored.  Clinical procedures performed include assisting with minor office surgery, sterilization techniques, gynecological examinations, urinalysis, and wound cleaning.

Fundamentals of pharmacology and medication administration are the primary focus of this course. Students are introduced to immunizations, drug classifications, and drug schedules.  Federal and professional statutes concerning the distribution and administration of drugs are also investigated.  Clinical procedures performed include injections at various sites, reconstituting drugs for administration, dosage calculations, and needle safety and disposal.

This course offers insight into the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal body systems. Major organs, functions, and diseases and disorders of each system are explored.  Students will be instructed on heart attack and stroke warning signs and protocol as well as the fundamentals of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Clinical procedures performed include blood specimen collection, phlebotomy techniques, electrocardiograms, and pulmonary function testing.

This course offers insight into the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the nervous, sensory, endocrine, and digestive body systems. Major organs, functions, and diseases and disorders of each body system are explored.  Students will be introduced to common diagnostic procedures that are related to each system.  Clinical procedures performed include eye and ear irrigation and instillation, visual acuity, blood glucose monitoring, and fecal occult blood testing.

The administrative aspects of medical assisting are the focus of this course. Topics highlighted include working with children and older adults in health care, patient reception, verbal and written communication, medical record management, electronic health records, insurance verification, and medical billing and coding. Students will be introduced to health care delivery, types of insurance (HMOs, PPOs, EPOs, IPAs), and the government plans (Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Worker’s Compensation).  Emphasis will be given to building relationships through communication, documenting the patient’s encounter, preparing a health care claim, and coding diagnoses and procedures.

The beginning of this course provides additional skills that prepare students for externship, after which, they will have an opportunity to gain practical real-world experience in an ambulatory health care setting.