Medical Assistant Management


Earn your AAS in Medical Assistant Management and advance your career path.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Medical Assistant Management - HEGIS Code 5214

The Associate in Applied Science Degree program in Medical Assistant Management will provide students with the specific skills needed to seek careers as professionals in a medical or health services setting. Graduates of the program will have acquired the requisite skills to seek employment in organizations ranging from hospitals to ambulatory care facilities. Because the program combines both administrative and clinical skills, the types of positions for which these graduates can qualify include medical administrative assistant and clinical medical assistant. Job duties may include but not limited to performing EKG, phlebotomy, vital signs and medical administration.

 

  • Employ critical thinking to effectively distinguish pathological conditions associated with body systems.
  • Apply practices for administrating patient care utilizing medical asepsis, standard precautions, and safety procedures as required by OSHA.
  • Apply knowledge and skills of various clinical procedures such as vital signs, laboratory testing, and other diagnostic and medical procedures.
  • Interpret and apply use of medical terminology and legal and ethical standards of practice.
  • Employ effective communication skills with patients, families, and other health professionals in a medical environment including preventative and treatment regimens as prescribed by the physician.
 
Course No.   Semester
Credits
MED103 Medical Terminology » 3

Students will be introduced to the foundation of medical terminology through a thorough study of the roots, prefixes, and suffixes which form medical language. Students will also learn the vocabulary used in various medical specialties. Spelling, definitions, and pronunciation are stressed.

Number: MED103
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED111 Healthcare Law and Ethics » 3

This course will introduce for discussion a variety of ethical issues that healthcare professionals may encounter during the course of their careers. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of ethical and professional behavior in the healthcare workplace. In depth discussions, textbook assignments and role playing will provide guidance to students in how to successfully manage patient relationships, protect patient privacy in compliance with the Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act as well as understand the distinct job responsibilities of the myriad of employees who comprise the typical healthcare organization.

Students must receive a minimum grade of a “C” (70%) to continue. Students may receive a grade of D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course.

Number: MED111
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED201 Introduction to Medical Coding » 3

This course will provide students with an introduction to the historical development of medical nomenclature and classification systems including ICD-9-10-CM, CPT-4 and HCPCS coding. This course concentrates on the coding of diseases, evaluation and management procedures, diagnostic and operative procedures and abstraction of clinical diagnostic data from source documentation in order to produce optimal reimbursement when filing claims with third party payers. Also included in this course will be an overview of the medical billing cycle including coverage of Hospital Billing Applications. In accordance with new federal regulations effective January, 2014, students will be introduced to ICD-10.

Prerequisite: MED103 or permission of Chair

Number: MED201
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED208 Administrative Medical Practices » 3

This course will provide the groundwork for understanding the rules and responsibilities of allied health care providers in an administrative role. The course will cover topics such as electronic health records management, written and oral communication skills, understanding the complexity of the health insurance industry, scheduling and monitoring patient appointments, and the overall administrative duties that impact a health care facility.

Prerequisite: MED103

Students must receive a minimum grade of a “C” (70%) to continue. Students may receive a grade of D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course.

Number: MED208
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MED215 Health Information Technology » 3

This course introduces students to the health information management profession, the health information department and the health record. Basic concepts and techniques covered will include health record content, assembly, analysis, control, storage, retention, retrieval, form design and control, indices and registers, and filing systems for both paper and electronic health records.

Prerequisites: MED208 & GEN115 or permission of Chair

Number: MED215
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MSC110* Human Biology » 3

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of human biology and chemistry in preparation for further study in the Allied Health Sciences. Biological concepts of cell theory, cell cycle, and cell reproduction will be explored and the major systems of the human body will be introduced. Chemistry concepts of atoms, molecules, and elements will be introduced along with biological molecules. Appropriate medical terminology will be introduced and utilized to accurately communicate in the biological and medical sciences. Emphasis is placed on body system components and function as it relates to human diseases.

Students will take MED103 either as a co-requisite or prior to this course offering.

Number: MSC110
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MSC126* Anatomy and Physiology I » 3

MSC 126 is the first semester of a two-semester course in Human Anatomy and Physiology. Both MSC126 and MSC131 are designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the basic principles inherent in the study of human anatomy and physiology, and is intended for students majoring in the allied-health professions. The emphasis of this course will be on understanding the structural and functional relationships of the major organ systems of the human body and will form the basis for subsequent courses in the clinical sciences. A special effort will be made to understand the concept of homeostasis and how the individual organ systems of the body interact with each other in the maintenance of the normal functioning of the entire organism. It includes the study of structure and function of cells, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscle, nervous, endocrine, and special senses.

Prerequisites: MED103, MSC110 or permission of the Chair. Students must receive a minimum grade of a “C” (70%) to continue. Students may receive a grade of D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course.
Cannot be taken concurrently with Anatomy and Physiology II (MSC131).

Number: MSC126
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MSC131 Anatomy and Physiology II » 3

This course provides students with the practical laboratory component attached to the MSC126 Human Anatomy & Physiology I lecture course. Students will engage in the laboratory study of anatomy and physiology of the cell, tissues, skeletal, muscle, integumentary, nervous and endocrine systems by studying the normal histology, gross anatomy, and physiology. Laboratory activities will include examination of models, prepared tissue slides, dissection of preserved vertebrate specimens, and the measurement and analysis of physiological processes within the human body.

Pre- or Co-requisite: MSC126 or MSC131

Number: MSC131
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MSC207 Clinical Procedures/Asepsis » 3

This course is designed to give the medical assistant student knowledge and practice in skills required in a medical practice. Topics include managing the clinical environment, patient teaching, obtaining and documenting a medical history, obtaining vital signs, assisting with examinations, sterilizing equipment, and assisting with minor office surgery. MSC207 Clinical Procedures is a corequisite for MSC209 Hematology and MSC212 Clinical Diagnostic Applications for the Day College. In the Evening Division, if the above courses are not offered at the same time, then MSC207 must be first and will be a prerequisite.

Prerequisites: MSC126 and MSC131, or permission of Chair. Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” (70%) to continue on to MSC301 Practicum. Students are expected to pass the written portion of the final with a minimum score of 70% to be eligible to take the practical exam. Students may receive a D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course.

Number: MSC207
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MSC209 Hematology/Phlebotomy » 3

The aim of the course is to expose the student to the most common phlebotomy skills required in most health care settings. Students will learn the sills involving the collection of blood specimens, the importance of correct patient identification, complete specimen labeling, proper handling, and storage. Students will be expected to know how to draw blood using an evacuator tube system, butterfly, and syringe. Students will also be expected to perform dermal punctures (finger stick) obtaining and analyzing the blood using a capillary collection tube. Students will learn how to perform non-complex laboratory blood analysis with various diagnostic equipment. This course is taught through didactic, student laboratory, and clinical experiences.

Prerequisites: MSC126, MSC131, and MSC207, or permission of Chair. Student must receive a minimum grade of “C” (70%) to continue on to MSC301 Practicum. Students are expected to pass the written portion of the final with a minimum score of 70% to be eligible to take the practical exam. Students may receive a grade of D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course.

Number: MSC209
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MSC212 Diagnostic Clinical Applications » 3

The aim of the course is to provide the laboratory experience for students to demonstrate clinical competencies applicable to all medical disciplines. Students will be able to demonstrate skill and competence in the following areas: Lab Equipment and Safety, Infection Control and Asepsis, EKG, Microbiology, Urinalysis and Pregnancy Testing, Fecal Occult Blood (Hemoccult) test, Vital Signs, Pain Assessment, Visual Screening, Hearing Examination, Surgical Instrumentation, Patient Examination and Preparation, Pulmonary Function Treatment and Testing, and Medical History.

Pre- or Co-requisite: MSC207

Prerequisites: MSC126 and MSC131. Students must receive a minimum grade of C (70%) to continue on to MSC301 Practicum. Students are expected to pass the written portion of the final with a minimum score of 70% to be eligible to take the practical exam. Students may receive a grade of D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course.

Number: MSC212
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MSC220 Pharmacology » 3

This course introduces the student to the current and commonly used practices, procedures, medications, and drug preparations. Basic medical terminology and mathematics related to pharmacology, the different categories of drugs used in healthcare facilities and retail pharmaceutical establishments are emphasized. Special attention is paid to Brand names and their generic equivalents as well as to common medical abbreviations.

Pre- or Co-requisite: MSC207

Prerequisites: MSC126 and MSC131, or permission of Chair. Students who are required to take ACE106 Foundations of Mathematics must first complete the course before taking MSC220. Students must receive a minimum grade of a C (70%) to continue. Students may receive a grade of D (60-69%) but will be required to repeat the course. Students must complete MSC220 prior to MSC301.

Number: MSC220
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

**MSC301 Practicum Medical Assistant Management » 6

THIS COURSE IS FOR DAY DIVISION STUDENTS ONLY

This course provides students a supervised learning experience in the clinical setting during which the student can further develop the skills they have learned within your course of study. The student is required to complete a minimum of 170 field hours and 19 classroom hours. CPR training will be provided as part of the 19 classroom hours.

Prerequisites: MSC207, MSC209, MSC212, MSC220
Prior to completion of this course, students will register for and be expected to sit for a Medical Assistant Certification exam. Although it is not a course requirement that students pass the exam, students will receive an “INC” grade in this course and will not be eligible to graduate until the exam has been taken and requirements for the course have been met.

Number: MSC301
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

  Total Major-Related Credits 42
  *MSC110 & MSC126 courses also satisfy the General Education requirements.  
     
  **Note: Evening College students taking their Practicum - Medical Assistant Management (MSC301) will take this over two terms. This course is broken into two courses as listed below:  
     
MSC301A Practicum Medical Assistant Management I » 3

THIS COURSE IS FOR EVENING DIVISION STUDENTS ONLY

The objective of this course is to give the Medical Assistant Management student a work experience designed to enhance the students career objectives. Students will also receive hands on training in emergency procedures including CPR. Students must meet or exceed the criteria set forth in the Student Practicum Handbook. This course can only be completed in a minimum of two terms. In Part A, students will complete a minimum of 85 field hours and a minimum of 9.5 class work hours to earn 3 credits.

Prerequisites: MSC207, MSC209, MSC212, MSC220

Number: MSC301A
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

MSC301B Practicum Medical Assistant Management II » 3

THIS COURSE IS FOR EVENING DIVISION STUDENTS ONLY

This course is a continuation of MSC 301A. Students complete 85 field hours and 9.5 hours of class work to earn these 3 credits* Students will exercise their clinical skills in a medical facility applying skills and knowledge to typical tasks they may encounter in a true clinical setting. These include taking vital signs, performing venipuncture, and EKGs. Students will also receive CPR training and certification. Successful completion of this capstone course includes completion of clinical and workshop hours, submission of journal entries, and a final paper that reflects upon the Practicum experience.

*Note: By completing both 301A and 301B students will have a total of 170 field hours and 19 classroom hours.

Prerequisite: MSC301A
Prior to completion of this course, students will register for and be expected to sit for a nationally recognized Medical Assistant Certification exam. Although it is not a course requirement that students pass the exam, students will receive an “INC” grade in this course and will not be eligible to graduate until the exam has been taken and requirements for the course have been met.

Number: MSC301B
Credits: 3.00
Type: Health Professions

     
  Note: Medical Assistant Certification
Prior to completion of the Practicum Medical Assistant Management course (MSC301 in the Day Division and MSC301A and MSC301B in the Evening Division), students will register for and be expected to sit for a nationally recognized Medical Assistant Certification exam. It is not a course or program requirement that students pass the exam. However, students will receive an “INC” grade in the course and will not be eligible to graduate until the exam has been taken and the course completed.
 
Course No.   Semester
Credits
GEN105 Transformative Learning » 3

This course will introduce students to the value of change, personal growth, and transformation. Students will engage in activities designed to stimulate reflective thinking, create a positive personal outlook, and foster “behaviors of success.”

Number: GEN105
Credits: 3.00
Type: General Education

GEN115 Digital Literacy in the Workplace » 3

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with digital technologies as they are being used in the workplace today, and explore how emerging technologies are likely to continue to evolve. Students will be exposed to digital technology fundamentals to better position them to readily adopt common workplace technologies. Students will also learn about security concerns, ethical considerations, digital communications etiquette, and other important concepts related to the use of digital technologies.

Number: GEN115
Credits: 3.00
Type: General Education

GEN125 English Composition I » 3

In this course, students develop their reading comprehension and written communication skills. Different styles of writing are examined as students develop writing proficiency through practice in planning, outlining, drafting, revising and editing. In addition to regular class meeting times, Day Division students are required to participate in a ten-week Writing Lab component which counts as ten percent of the grade for English Composition. For the Day Division, the Writing Lab is graded as Pass or Fail. Note: Writing Lab is not required in the Evening division or for fully online programs.

Prerequisite: Proficiency Examination and/or ACE108

Number: GEN125
Credits: 3.00
Type: General Education

GEN127 English Composition II » 3

This course builds on skills developed in English Composition I by presenting additional writing styles and helping students further refine their writing skills. Research skills and MLA documentation are also introduced. In addition to regular class meeting times, Day Division students are required to participate in a ten-week Writing Lab component which counts as ten percent of the grade for English Composition. For the Day Division, the Writing Lab is graded as Pass or Fail.

Note: Writing Lab is not required in the Evening division or for fully online programs.

Prerequisite: GEN125 or permission of Chair

Number: GEN127
Credits: 3.00
Type: General Education

GEN129 Essentials of Public Speaking » 3

Communication skills require good speech habits. Therefore, this course covers organization of thoughts, voice control, diction, and presentation of ideas to a variety of audiences. The art of listening is also studied. Emphasis will be placed on a series of oral presentations in order to acquire and reinforce these skills.

Number: GEN129
Credits: 3.00
Type: General Education

GEN224 Professional Communications and Career Development » 3

This course is designed to provide a culminating experience in business communications and professional development. Covered in this course are advanced English usage essential to written business document creation and oral presentations. Using individual participation and demonstration methods, students will be trained in interviewing techniques and in developing professional demeanors vital to career success.

Prerequisite: GEN127 or permission of Chair.

Number: GEN224
Credits: 3.00
Type: General Education

BUS122 Office Applications: Microsoft Word & PowerPoint » 3

In this course, students will examine the concepts and applications of Microsoft Word & PowerPoint. Students will use these technology tools to create business documents, marketing materials, and develop effective business presentations that will prepare them for today’s information based business environment.

Number: BUS122
Credits: 3.00
Type: Business Administration

  Total General Education Credits 21
     
  Electives  
  Open Elective (1) 3
  Total Elective Credits 3

66 CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION