Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting Courses

Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

MDA 1051     Medical Assisting-Administrative Procedures     4 Credit Hours

Equivalent: MDA 1050

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the administrative requirements of the medical facility. The course will provide instruction in the following: medical receptionist skills, HIPAA Regulations, human relations, medical secretarial skills, bookkeeping methods, and management techniques. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 4


MDA 1053     Medical Office Software Applications     1 Credit Hour

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

This course provides students with medical office application skills utilizing a medical office software program. Students will integrate various communication and data entry skills to perform tasks efficiently in the administrative area of a medical office as they prepare for patient billing. Basic keyboard knowledge is necessary as the students will be required to complete computer-based assignments. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 1


MDA 1055     Introduction to Medical Office Transcription     1 Credit Hour

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

The students will be introduced to the transcription area of a physician's office. Students will utilize and apply their knowledge in medical terminology and word processing skills. The students will use keyboarding skills as they complete computer-based assignments. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 1


MDA 1103     Medical Terminology     3 Credit Hours

Equivalent: MED 1103,MED 1100

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

Medical Terminology is intended for students entering health professions. This is an introductory course with special emphasis on the fundamentals of speaking, writing, and understanding medical language as used in the health care industry. Spelling and definition of medical terminology will utilize a word-root, prefix, suffix structure system. Application of medical terms as they relate to human anatomy, body systems, disease process, and the health care setting will be provided. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


MDA 1140     Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the duties and responsibilities in the clinical area of a medical facility. The student will be instructed in the following: assisting the doctor, assessing vital signs, sterilization procedures, minor surgery, medical specialties, physiotherapy and diet therapy. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 4


MDA 1170     Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

This course is designed to give the medical assisting student practical experience in the collection and handling of various specimens and in the performance and interpretation of tests done in the physician's office. These include Gram staining, initial culture taking, basic microbe identification, routine urinalysis, hematology, and other basic lab tests. Emphasis will be placed on patient contact orientation, contamination of specimens, patient education prior to testing, and explanation of results. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 4


MDA 1200     Basic X-Ray Techniques and Spirometry     1 Credit Hour

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

This course is designed to teach the student the medical assistant's role in preparation of the patient for the diagnostic procedures of radiography and spirometry. Emphasis is on basic radiological positioning and techniques. This course will include discussion of equipment, as well as safety precautions and protection. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 1


MDA 1250     Phlebotomy     1 Credit Hour

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

This course will provide instruction in the skill of phlebotomy by lecture, demonstration and lab practice. It will include universal precautions, proper equipment and technique, skills for problem draws, specimen handling, quality control, interpersonal skills and professional liability. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 2


MDA 1350     Medical Law and Ethics     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.

This course is designed to give the Medical Assisting student and other healthcare practitioners a knowledge of law and ethics as they pertain to medicine. The course will provide the student with a thorough understanding of his medico-legal responsibilities and relationship to his physician/employer and patient. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the principles of medical law and ethics. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


MDA 1461     Medical Assisting Practicum I     3 Credit Hours

Equivalent: MDA 1460

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: MDA 1051 MDA 1055 MDA 1103 MDA 1140 MDA 1200 and MDA 1570 each with a grade of 'C' or better; and consent of instructor based upon selection criteria specified in the Medical Assisting Student Handbook.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.
Corequisite: CIS 1000 or CIS 1050 and MDA 1250.

This course covers a review and rotation sequence of practical experience in offices of qualified physicians and/or accredited hospitals and clinics. Skills acquired in the first year of the Medical Assisting program will be applied during the supervised 90 hours of clinical practice. In addition to medical office practices, human relation skills will be stressed in the course work. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


MDA 1570     Basic Electrocardiography     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

Students will gain hands-on experience using an electrocardiograph machine after learning the circulatory, conduction and mechanical systems of the heart, Einthoven's Triangle, cardiac depolarization, repolarization and terminology. Drugs and their effect on the heart will be discussed. The student will learn to measure the cardiac complex, recognize and eliminate artifacts on a graph and identify basic arrhythmias of the heart as recorded on the EKG. Holter Monitoring and the principles of stress testing will also be presented. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


MDA 2010     Medical Office Medications     3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation; completion of MAT 1050 with a minimum grade of 'C' or placement into MAT 1100 or higheror an ACT score of 18 or higher on the math subtest ,
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

This course will provide the Medical Assisting student with a basic understanding of drug therapy, including the legal, technical, ethical and moral aspects of handling and administering medications. The Medical Assisting student will practice administration of oral and parenteral medication. Nutritional supplements and diet supplementations related to therapy as prescribed by the physician will be covered. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 4


MDA 2380     Medical Office Insurance Coding and Billing     4 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation and MDA 1103 with a minimum grade of 'C.'
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.
Pre- or Corequisite: CIS 1000 or CIS 1050.

This course will give the student the fundamentals of medical office insurance diagnosis and procedure coding as well as skills required to produce mailable forms in a timely manner to third party payers (e.g. Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, and others.) Students will learn to reconcile payments and rejections, process inquiry forms and understand the Diagnostic Related Groupings and how they relate to inpatient regulations. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 4


MDA 2383     Medical Office Insurance Coding and Billing Applications     1 Credit Hour

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Medical Assisting Orientation.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.Pre- or Corequiste:MDA 2380

Students apply their knowledge in medical terminology, insurance coding and billing and word processing skills by executing accurate claim submissions for reimbursement, utilizing a billing software program. The students will be required to complete computer-based assignments. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 1


MDA 2460     Medical Assisting Practicum II     4 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: MDA 1053MDA 1055, MDA 1170, MDA 1461, MDA 1570, MDA 2010 MDA 2380, MDA 2383 with a grade of 'C' or better and consent of instructor. ,
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.
Pre- or Corequisite: MDA 1350

This course covers a review and rotation sequence of practical experience in offices of qualified physicians and/or accredited hospitals and clinics. Skills acquired in the Medical Assisting program will be applied during the 120 hours of clinical and administrative practice under the supervision of College faculty. In addition to medical office practice, human relation skills will be emphasized in the course work. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 4


MDA 2560     Medical Assisting Seminar     4 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 1510.

This course is designed to review the entire Medical Assisting program in preparation for writing the CMA certification examination. Emphasis will be placed on general topics, administrative and clinical duties, human relations and professionalism. This course will apply toward CEU requirements for Certified Medical Assistants (for their recertification). (AMA/AAMA). BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 4