Course Descriptions

Medical Assistant, AAS

ALH 130 Emergency Preparedness for Health Professionals 3 Cr Hrs

This course is designed to provide health care professionals with an orientation for their possible future roles in disaster response and the importance of staying within the scope of practice of the profession. Students will be prepared to meet the expectations of their employers, to volunteer effectively, and to be confident and safe responders.

ALH 131 Diseases, Disorders, & Diagnostic Procedures 2 Cr Hrs

 

Focuses on diseases and disorders by body systems that are frequently diagnosed and treated in the medical office setting. Performance of electrocardiographic and pulmonary function procedures is covered with return demonstration required. Prerequisite: BIO100 Biology Review or equivalent and minimum grade of “C” or better in BIO150 Human Anatomy and Physiology

EMP 105 Career Strategies 1 Cr Hrs

Professional communications and the importance of the professional credential and professional memberships are explored.  Interviewing skills are expanded through resume writing

MEA 101 Professional Issues * 2 Cr Hrs

Reviews the role and function of the Medical Assistant.  This course focuses on the basic concept of the professional practice of medicine and the scope of practice of the Medical Assistant.  Students discuss the personal and professional characteristics and legal and ethical standards for Medical Assistants; explore professional and personal therapeutic communication, and addresses time management and goal setting. Prerequisite: Acceptance/Admission to Medical Assistant program

MEA 111 Patient Care I 5 Cr Hrs

Introduces basic clinical skills necessary for the Medical Assistant.  Aspetic practice for the medical office will be defined, basic patient interaction such as interviewing, obtaining and recording vital signs, assisting with basic physical exams and testing will be studied Prerequisite: Acceptance/Admission to Medical Assistant program.

 MEA 113 Administrative Aspects * 4 Cr Hrs

Provides an introduction to the administrative skills needed for a medical office. Students learn how to maintain medical records (both paper and electronic), manage appointments, and perform routine office duties. Focuses on the financial aspects of the medical office including accounts payable and accounts receivable. Students examine billing and collection procedures. Prerequisite: CED115 Computer Applications and Acceptance/Admission to Medical Assistant program.

MEA 115 Insurance Billing and Coding * 3 Cr Hrs

Explores the medical insurance system and related billing and coding. Students learn how to complete and submit electronic and paper insurance claim forms, perform referrals, and apply the correct procedure and diagnostic codes. Prerequisite: ALH101 Medical Terminology, BIO150 Human Anatomy & Physiology

MEA 121 Patient Care II 4 Cr Hrs

Focuses on expanding the knowledge and skills in Patient Care I.  More complex and independent procedures performed by the Medial Assistant will be explored.  Addresses surgical procedures, physical therapy, principles of radiology, emergency procedures and pulmonary function testing.  Includes the performance of an electrocardiogram (EKG). Prerequisite: Successful completion of all Medical Assistant Program 1st Semester Course Work and Prerequisite course work

MEA 125 Clinical Laboratory Procedures * 4 Cr Hrs

This course addresses the role and function of the professional in the clinical laboratory setting. Topics include safety, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 (CLIA-88) government regulations and quality assurance in the laboratory. Students learn concepts and perform procedures in the different departments of the laboratory, including specimen collection and performance of CLIA-88 low- and/or moderate-complexity testing. Students demonstrate competencies in a wide variety of techniques used to collect, process, and test specimens. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Medical Assistant program first-semester coursework and competencies.

MEA 131 Medical Assisting Practicum 6 Cr Hrs

Provides the opportunity to apply clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills in a supervised, non-remunerated externship in a medical facility. Emphasis is placed on enhancing competence in clinical and administrative skills necessary for comprehensive patient care and strengthening professional communications and interactions.  Upon completion, students should be able to function as an entry-level health care professional.  Requires current cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification (health care provider level). Prerequisite: Successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology.  Successful completion of all 1st semester course work and successful completion or con-current enrollment in 2nd semester course work.  Only students that successfully complete their first clinical rotation will be assigned a 2nd rotation.

MEA 210 Advanced Procedures in Medical Assisting 4 Cr Hrs

Provides the graduate Medical Assistant an opportunity to expand current knowledge and expertise in specialized testing areas and in assisting with the performance of more complex clinical duties.

ALH 101 Medical Terminology 3 Cr Hrs

Designed to present basic principles of medical word building. The study develops competencies in the basic elements forming medical words, categorizing major suffixes and group prefixes. Anatomical, physiological and pathological terms are reviewed so students better understand special medical procedures. This is the introductory course in medical terminology and is intended for all who desire knowledge in this subject.

BIO 150 Human Anatomy & Physiology 5 Cr Hrs

A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Laboratory work includes tissue examination, basic physiological experiments and structural identification of all organ systems. Prerequisite:  The student must complete one of the following, BIO 110 Principles of Biology, BIO 100 Biology Review, or successful completion of a life science lab class within the past five years.  If student has taken a lab science class more than 5 years, the student will be required to enroll in BIO100 Biology Review

CED 115 Computer Applications 3 Cr Hrs

Develops students’ computer literacy and meets the needs of students in associate degree programs. Students learn from hands-on experiences basic skills in file management utilities, word processing, spreadsheets, database management and graphical presentations in the Windows environment. Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to complete a self-assessment to determine skill set prior to enrolling in this course.

CPR 001 CPR for Healthcare Providers 1 Cr Hrs

Designed for practitioners whose primary work environment is in a clinical setting or those providing direct patient care. This is the most comprehensive credential, and it is often a Prerequisite for advanced training courses. Suggested participants include: physicians, dentists, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, medical or nursing assistants and other allied health professionals.

ENG 101 Composition I 3 Cr Hrs

This course is designed to improve the reading and writing skills of students. The emphasis is on fundamental principles of written English in structurally correct sentences, paragraphs and expository themes. Critical analysis of essays will be used to aid in developing the student’s thinking, support of thesis and style. Students are introduced to the basic components of research by writing a documented essay in Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Prerequisite:  EBS110 English with a minimum grade of “C” or better or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

MTH 112 College Algebra 3 Cr Hrs

This course is an introduction of algebraic functions and some transcendental functions with application in business and life, natural and social sciences. Topics include solving equations, zeros, rational functions, matrices, exponentials and logarithms and systems. Additional topics are included as time permits. Students must furnish their own TI-83 or TI-83 PLUS graphing calculators. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of “C” or better in MTH 101 Intermediate Algebra or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

SPH 101 Public Speaking 3 Cr Hrs

Fundamental basic to all good private and public speaking experiences; elements in voice production and improvement, bodily movement, confidence, poise, understanding of all types of public speeches. Required of all transfer curricula.