The Medical Assistant program (660 clock hours) prepares students to support physicians by providing assistance during patient examinations, treatment administration, and monitoring; by keeping patients’ health record information; and by performing a wide range of practice-related duties. This program is designed to prepare students for a broad spectrum of entry-level positions in the Medical Assistant field. The student will learn the clinical as well as the administrative aspects of medical assisting. The students will gain lab & clinical competencies including phlebotomy techniques, EKG procedures, specimen collection, infection control & safety measures, vital signs, and assisting with minor office surgery and physical exams. The students will gain administrative competencies in medical bookkeeping, medical insurance billing & coding, medical records, medical office software, and medical office ethics. The externship is designed to enhance the skills learned in the classroom by allowing the student firsthand experience in a medical office environment as part of the curriculum. Students completing this program can work in various aspects of the field such as Clinical Assistant, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Lab Assistant, Medical Records, Personal Care Attendant, Medical Receptionist, Medical Secretary, and Medical Assistant.
Clinical SchedulingThe student externship (80 hours) will be scheduled during those hours which fall in the normal working schedule of the health care facilities to which the student is assigned
Medical Assistant Health and Employment Requirements
The Medical Assistant program does not qualify the graduate to work as a Nursing Assistant. The graduate of the Medical Assistant program is eligible to take a national certification exam. National Certification is not necessary for employment as a medical assistant and a certification test is not mandatory, but all graduates are encouraged to take the certification test in order to receive national certification as a medical assistant.
NHA National Certification Examinations
Institute does not pay costs related to NHA national certification. These costs are paid directly to NHA by students. The courses for this Program are:
MTY101 Medical Terminology pre-requisite – none
In this phase the students will get familiar with medical terms, including prefixes, root words, and suffixes. The student will study provider and medical abbreviations as well as disease, psychology and treatment methodology. This course will emphasize studying the following body systems: urinary, integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, nervous, endocrine, eyes, ears, nose and throat. (lec 20 clock hrs/lab 20 hrs/ext 00 hrs)
MAP201 Medical Anatomy and Physiology pre-requisite – noneThis course is designed for students to learn the structure and function of human anatomy, including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive systems, including the neuroendocrine, urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and Circulatory systems. (lec 20 clock hrs/lab 20 hrs)
MAO102 Medical Office Operation; pre-requisite – noneBasic functions such as office operations, insurance paper checking and medical billing are taught first. Student will also learn impact of health insurance on today’s economy. We will also cover the different departments within an insurance company and operations. This phase will also give the student the opportunity to understand the importance of legal issues that affect the medical biller and health claims examiner. Students will be taught fundamentals of health information technology to provide them with the importance of written communication skills, accounts receivable management, supportive documentation, and customer service. Particularly, students will be taught the laws concerning medical record keeping, documentation guidelines and release. Federal Business Trade Act to prevent identity theft will also be covered. (lec 40 clock hrs/ lab20 hrs)
PTT204 Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment; pre-requisite – MAO102Students on this topic, study about therapeutic agents, their classifications, properties, actions, and effects on the human body and their role in the management of diseases. Students will learn to provide detailed information regarding drug dosages, side effects, interactions, toxicities, and incompatibilities (Lec 20 clock hrs/ lab 20 hrs)
MAC104 Dealing with Health Claim Forms; pre-requisite – MAO102Student will have the understanding and practical skills necessary to abstract relevant information from the medical records for completing the CMS-1500 claim form, as well as completely expediting the logins and processing of different types of medical forms. Students will study general guidelines for completing forms for different carriers to include: Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers’ Compensation. This course will teach the student the knowledge necessary to optimize payment in a timely and cost efficient manner. The students will study the difference between clean, pending, rejected, incomplete and invalid claims and describe the reasons why claims were rejected. This course will also provide the student with the necessary skills to understand and complete the UB-92claim form and to know when it may or may not minimize their chances of rejection by insurance carriers. ( Lec 40 clock hrs/Lab 40 clock hr)
MIC103 Coding for Medical Procedures; pre-requisite – MAO102The main subject of this course is the theoretical aspect of medical record coding. The student will be introduced to ICD-9-CMbasic coding rules and conventions, sequencing codes and other coding principles. We will cover the CPT-4 Coding System Structure of the three levels of CPT-4, general guidelines for using CPT-4, basic steps to assign CPT-4and understanding the sequencing and linking requirements. During this course the student will become familiar with the terminology in the procedure and diagnostic coding systems to use them efficiently and provide accurate descriptions of services rendered and maximize payment from insurance companies. (Lec 40 clock hrs/Lab 40 hrs)
MAA300 Asepsis/Infection Control, and Vital Signs Procedures; pre-requisite – MIC103This course introduces students to patient- centered assessment, examination, intervention, and treatment as directed by the physician including infection control procedures. Autoclaving and spore testing will be included. Additionally, students will gain proficiency in medical asepsis and will learn to take vital signs. (Lec 40 clock hrs/Lab 40 clock hrs)
MAL302 Medical Law and Ethics; pre-requisite – MIC103This course introduces students to the principles, procedures, and regulations involved in legal and ethical relationships among physicians, patients, and assistants. The course includes HIPPA law interpretation and applications. Emphasis is placed on the legal aspects of office procedures, current ethical issues, and risk management as they relate to the practice and fiduciary responsibilities. Upon completion of the subject students will be able to: 1) discuss what and to whom information about a patient may be released; 2) discuss the medical assistant’s ethical obligations and restrictions; 3) explain the importance of a contract to a health care facility; and 4) list the six components of informed consent. (Lec 40 clock hrs/lab 20hrs)
MPE 108 Phlebotomy, Cardiology, Pulmonary, Microbiology, Immune Systems and EKG Procedures; pre-requisite – MAA300This course introduces students to the study of the theories and practices related to the common diagnostic/clinical procedures and special lab tests involving cardiology and pulmonary patients. Additional emphasis will be placed on blood borne pathogens, hematology, and electrocardiograms. Students will study blood borne pathogens, hematology, and learn to give electrocardiograms as well as collect blood samples using hypodermic needles and body fluids from patients for laboratory testing. Students will study the Circulatory system and practice safety-conscious, blood-drawing techniques. (Lecture 40 clock hours/Lab 40 clock hours)
MAE301 Externship; pre-requisite – MPE108Students are placed in physicians’ office or medical services providing establishments. They work along with nurses, doctors and office staff and take active part in patient caring. Students will operate and maintain clinical equipments and prepare examination and treatment areas. This course will also cover the certification examination testing on all areas. (Ext 80 clock hrs)
MAC 302 Certification Review; pre-requisite – MAE301Students will review the course topics under the guidance of instructor followed by tests administered (lab 20 contact hrs).