Length: 780 Clock Hours/36 Instructional Weeks
Program Quarter Credits: 46
Mode of Delivery: Blended
Lab Fee: $250.00
Course Material: $130.00
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OBJECTIVE Medical Assistants play an integral part in performing administrative and clinical tasks that support the work of physicians and other healthcare professionals. With changes in the healthcare industry, the need for well-trained Medical Assistants has grown significantly. The objective of the Medical Assisting program is to provide training for those who wish to work in the clinical and administrative areas of healthcare and enable students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a healthcare setting.
The Medical Assisting program includes administrative and clinical competencies expected for entry-level positions in a healthcare setting. Students develop skills in front-office administration with an introduction to health insurance and basic billing practices. The back office portion focuses on direct patient contact and typical clinical and laboratory skills, such as minor clinical procedures, EKG, phlebotomy, injections, and lab screenings. Students also learn to observe Universal Precautions, OSHA regulations, HIPAA requirements, confidentiality, and the legal aspects applicable to any allied health environment. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office depending on office location, size, and specialty. In small practices, medical assistants are usually “generalists,” handling both administrative and clinical duties. They report directly to an office manager, physician, or another health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of a department administrator/practice manager.
EXTERNSHIP An externship course is included in this program to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a healthcare setting. Students are required to complete the required externship hours and other related learning activities before graduation. Students are not paid for work performed at the externship site.
CREDENTIALING EXAMS Students in their final quarter are eligible to take National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Upon satisfactory completion of the training, students are prepared to seek entry-level positions as medical assistants performing the medical procedures, lab techniques, and front office duties described above.
PLAN OF STUDY COURSE
Introduction to Health Professions
Medical Anatomy and Physiology
Clinical Procedures and Techniques
Laboratory Procedures and Techniques
Invasive Clinical ProcedureS
Certification Review and Career Development
Medical Office Procedures
Medical Records and Insurance
Electronic Health Records