The course provides a medical assistant student with lecture, theory, and hands-on skills regarding the protocols of patient care. Multiple specialized areas of training are addressed including assisting the physician with basic patient care, draping, hand washing, vital signs, and more! Instruction in advanced clinical techniques provides the student in applying the principles of medical assisting. Included are: legal implications, safety, warnings/caution, documentation, and ethical considerations. In addition, a study of nutrition and exercise, along with patient education completes the course.
- The student will learn the general flow of information in the medical office using the MediSoft Patient Accounting system. This system includes appointment scheduling, gathering patient data, posting charges/payments/adjustments, submitting claims, claims management, understanding the various third-party payors (Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross, Work Comp, etc...), medical coding (IDC-9, CPT, RVS, DRG), medical records filing/handling, telephone skills, manual bookkeeping procedures, payroll processing, handling of petty cash. (Spring)
This course introduces the student to basic laboratory concepts and techniques used in a medical office or clinic. Definition of the medical assistants role in assisting with laboratory testing will be discussed. Procedures covered include, but are not limited to, collection and preparation for testing of body fluids and tissues, performing basic lab tests and reporting results of testing. Clinical application of skills is mandatory. You will need to allocate time to laboratory practice in the campus lab and at clinical sites. The clinical site time is in addition to class time. (Fall)
Prerequisite: MAA 201, HTH 106. Credits: 3
Application of the theories and administrative and clinical skills acquired from the successful completion of the Medical Assistant Curriculum are demonstrated. You will be working in an ambulatory clinical facility under the direct supervision of professional personnel. The Medical Assistant Externship is a non-paid work experience. You will observe and perform procedures appropriate for the scope of practice for medical assistants.This course requires NO LESS than 240 hours of clinical time during the semester.
Pre-requisite of all other Medical Assistant program courses.