Medical Assisting


CMA 1200. Medical Assisting Skills I. 4 hrs.

This course will begin by introducing the roles and responsibilities of a medical assistant as well as introduces the basic concept of medical assisting and its relation to other health fields; the purpose of medical records, charting in the patient record, and filing medical records. Additional topics in the course will emphasize professional and business communications from office protocol, greeting and receiving patients, explaining office policies, appointment scheduling, medical office equipment, mail services, and basic keyboarding. Students will learn to format and create a business letter, personal letter, and chart note as well as identify the different types of correspondence used in the medical office while displaying professionalism through written and verbal communications. Students will be introduced to basic math computations. Prerequisite - BIO 1200 and ALH 1001 (or concurrent enrollment).

CMA 1210. Medical Assisting Skills II. 2 hrs.

This course will start by covering topics that include the medical and legal aspects in health care, the physician/patient/medical assistant relationship, the legal scope of medical assistants, professional and organizational ethics, and bioethical issues. This course will also provide practical application of insurance billing procedures, completion of claim forms, basic insurance terminology and various health plans including Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs and PPOs. Topics will include managed care, reimbursement and coding, and HIPAA compliance in the medical office. Additional topics covered within the course are banking procedures which includes account receivable and payable, payroll, checking writing and inventory. Prerequisite - CMA 1200.

CMA 1230. Intro To Electronic Health Records. 3 hrs.

This course will allow the student to gain hands on experience of working in the medical office, by simulating real world administrative duties of the medical assistant. Students will be introduced to the electronic health record, also well as learn skills such as patient registration, scheduling, office management, insurance processing, patient care documentation and written orders. Prerequisite - Admission to the Medical Assisting Certificate Program.

CMA 1240. Medical Assisting Skills III. 7 hrs.

This course introduces the skills necessary for assisting the physician with a complete history and physical examinations as well as learning how to obtain body measurements, vital signs, pulse oximetry and spirometry testing. Other topics include: Infection control and medical asepsis, autoclaving instruments, learning to assist with pediatric examinations, safety in the medical office, electrocardiography, specimen collection and processing (urinalysis, strep test, HCG), hematology testing (Hgb A1C), dermal punctures, and phlebotomy. Prerequisites - CMA 1200, CMA 1210 and CMA 1230.

CMA 1250. Medical Assisting Skills IV. 4 hrs.

This course expands on the knowledge of the more complex procedures in the clinic setting such as introduction to administering, prescribing, dispensing medication, and administering immunization records. Additional topics include: Emergencies in the medical office and community, first aid procedures, CPR, minor surgical procedures, rehabilitation, nutrition, exercise and guidelines for good health. Prerequisites - CMA 1200, CMA 1210, CMA 1230 and CMA 1240.

CMA 1260. Medical Assistant Externship. 2.5 hrs.

This course requires the student, in the controlled environment of an approved externship site to experience the hands-on application of administrative, clinical and professional procedures required. The experience allows the student to apply knowledge from the classroom and college medical laboratory environment to the ambulatory healthcare environment. The overall goal of the experience is to provide the student the appropriate environments and opportunities that will assist the student in perfecting learned medical assisting competencies. The student will gain hands-on experience and be an active member of a health care team. This is on-the-job training with each individual's experience being unique but related to the course outcomes/competencies. Students are required to complete a minimum of 160 clock hours of supervised (unpaid) practical experience in a program approved site (25 contact hours x 8 weeks). Prerequisites - CMA 1200, CMA 1210, CMA 1230, CMA 1240 and CMA 1250.

CMA 1270. Professional Development. 1 hr.

This course allows students to discuss what they are learning from their practicum focusing on various topics such as conflict resolution and inter-professional communication. Students will create a resume and cover letter and participate in mock interviews. Prerequisite - CMA 1250. Concurrent enrollment in CMA 1260.