1140 Clock Hours
This program is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to become an entry level Medical Assistant including foundational courses in Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology. Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures. The Medical Assisting program also contains a clinical externship which is completed in an outside medical facility.
Upon successful completion of the program graduates will have:
An understanding of the human biological systems including the digestive, endocrine, nervous-muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. An understanding of human behavior and culture and its impact on health and medical care.
The ability to perform all the administrative duties expected of a medical assistant including scheduling and monitoring patient appointments, conducting and responding to patient telephone inquiries, patient reception and processing, written communication and mail processing, medical records management, computer skills and maintaining a professional office environment
The ability to behave professionally in a medical environment including the proper application of medical law and ethics.
The ability to conduct financial management activities including billing and coding applied computerized billing, collections, banking services and procedures, medical practice management and health information management.
The ability to effectively communicate with patients and medical staff including the ability to interview patients, take medical histories and provide patient education.
The ability to apply universal precautions for infection control techniques, standard precautions for patient safety, calculating pharmaceutical dosages, preparing and administering oral medications, administering immunizations and documenting patient records, administering EKG’s, nutrition and diets for patents and assisting with x-ray and diagnostic radiology.
To assist the physician with clinical procedures including collection and preparing specimens, quality control, emergency preparedness, first aid and taking vital signs, phlebotomy, pulmonary function testing, minor surgeries, cold and heat therapy, complementary and alternative practices, hearing and vision testing, and review of respiratory, urinary, integumentary and other health systems and senses.
The knowledge of federal regulations including OSHA guidelines. The qualifications to assume an entry level position as a medical assistant in a medical office, clinic, or hospital setting.
The knowledge and skills, including English language skills, required to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant certification offered through American Medical Technologists.