Medical Assistant Courses

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MA 111|Pharmacology I

5 Credits

Provides a basic knowledge of pharmacology including the legal ethical issues, the terms and abbreviations, the involvement of governmental agencies, the role of the providers and allied health professional, reading, interpreting and documenting the medication orders; and the effects of medication and common drugs used with each body system including antineoplastics, analgesics, antipyretics, nutritional supplements, and alternative medicines and immunizations.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: placement into MATH 083. Required admission into the Medical Assistant program.

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MA 114|Human Body Structure, Function, and Diseases I

4 Credits

This is the first of two structure and function classes introducing cellular function, organ systems of the body, the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine systems, and the senses. Common diseases related to each of these body systems is presented as well as pathology and expected medical treatment.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: HSCI 147 and required admission into the Medical Assistant program.

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MA 115|Clinical Procedures Theory I

4 Credits

This class provides a theoretical foundation in medical asepsis, infection control, vital signs, phlebotomy, cardiopulmonary procedures, colon procedures, introduction to the clinical laboratory, urinalysis, and a theoretical foundation for the gynecological exam, prenatal care, pediatric exams, and office emergencies.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: MA 111, 114, and 140. This course to be taken concurrently with MA 116 (lab course).

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MA 116|Clinical Procedures Lab I

4 Credits

Formerly MA 1151

This lab class provides for a practice in basic patient exam techniques, procedures, lab tests, and injections commonly performed in the physician's office or clinic.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: MA 111, 114, and 140. This course to be taken concurrently with MA 115 (theory course).

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MA 140|Admin. Medical Assistant Office Procedures I

5 Credits

This course defines the front office roles and responsibilities in a medical office. Major topics covered are a history of the medical assistant profession; written, verbal, and non-verbal communication; patient education; medical law and ethics, the medical record and introduction to the electronic medical record; and performing daily administrative office duties including: appointment scheduling, coordinating outpatient procedures, managing referrals for patients, and utilizing the computer and electronic medical record.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Assisting program.

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MA 141|Career Development for Medical Assistants

2 Credits

This class covers professionalism in a medical office, successful job search, interview techniques, the importance of networking, and how to be successful on the job.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: MA 115, 116, 211, and 214.

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MA 211|Pharmacology II

5 Credits

This is the second of two pharmacology classes. This class includes the administration of medication including: safety and quality assurance, enteral, percutaneous, and parenteral routes of medication; measurement, conversions of medications for administration, calculating dosages and solutions, and immunization schedules.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: MA 111, 114, and 140.

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MA 214|Human Body Structure, Function, and Diseases II

4 Credits

This is the second of two body structure, function, and disease courses and includes: the circulatory system, lymphatic system and immunity, the respiratory system, the digestive system, nutrition and metabolism, the urinary system, fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, the reproductive system, genetics, growth and development, mental disorders, and disorders and conditions resulting from trauma. Common diseases are presented for each of these body systems as well as pathology and expected medical treatment.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: MA 111, 114, and 140.

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MA 215|Clinical Procedures Theory II

4 Credits

This class provides a theoretical foundation in physical agents to promote tissue healing, radiology, sterilization and disinfection, minor office surgery, eye and ear assessment and procedures, the physical examination, hematology, blood chemistry and serology, and medical microbiology.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: MA 115, 116, 211 , and 214. This course to be taken concurrently with MA 216 (lab course).

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MA 216|Clinical Procedures Lab II

4 Credits

Formerly MA 2151

This class provides for a practice in basic patient exam techniques, procedures, lab tests, and basic sterile techniques commonly performed in the provider's office or clinic.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: MA 115, 116, 211, and 214. This course to be taken concurrently with MA 215 (theory course).

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MA 240|Admin. Medical Assistant Office Procedures II

6 Credits

This course expands on front office roles and responsibilities of an Administrative Medical Assistant. Major topics covered include: patient account management, medical billing, medical banking services and procedures, management of practice finances, and the use of computers in the medical office including electronic medical record, and safety and emergency practices.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: MA 115, 116, 211, and 214.

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MA 241|Externship Seminar

2 Credits

This course is to be taken concurrently with the externship for Medical Assistants. The seminar provides current information regarding workplace issues, technologies, and advancements in healthcare pertinent to the externship experience. Students engage in discussions based on their experiential learning opportunities within the externship.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: successful completion of all other Medical Assistant courses with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

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MA 242|Externship

6 Credits

Formerly MA 2413

This class provides an opportunity to apply the theory learned in the classroom setting to a healthcare setting through practical, hands-on experience.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: successful completion of all other Medical Assistant courses with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

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