Medical Assistant Program
Division of Health Sciences and Nursing
The mission of the Medical Assistant Program is to offer a comprehensive, student-centered education designed to prepare the graduate for entry-level employment in a multitude of healthcare settings, national certification and obtain knowledge and skills that serves as the foundation to build a successful career.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the Medical Assistant Program will be able to:
- Utilize knowledge from behavioral and biological sciences as a basis of medical assistant practices.
- Perform duties safely and effectively within their scope of practice.
- Display professional behavior as defined by the discipline of medical assisting.
- Effectively engage in written and oral communication as demonstrated through charting and communication with patients and other health professionals.
- Perform as competent entry-level medical assistants with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully obtain national certification exam through National Healthcareer Association.
- Hammond Area Campus (Hammond)
Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Assistant
The highest exit point in the Medical Assistant program is the Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Assistant. Multiple exit points exist for this program and are outlined below.
The following criteria must be satisfied towards completion of the Certificate of Technical Studies in Medical Assistant:
|CPTR 1000||Introduction to Computers||2|
|HMDT 1170||Medical Terminology||1|
|HCOR 1120||Basic Body Structure &Function||2|
|MAST 1110||Intro. to Medical Assistant||1|
|MAST 1120||Law & Ethics for Medical Assis||2|
|MAST 1130||Medical Assistant Applications||2|
|MAST 1210||Administrative Procedures I||4|
|MAST 1220||Clinical Procedures I||1|
|MAST 1230||Insurance & Medical Coding||2|
|MAST 2110||Medical Transcription||3|
|MAST 2130||Clinical Procedures II||1|
|MAST 2140||Pharmacology for Medical Assis||2|
|MAST 2210||Clinical Procedures III||1|
|MAST 2222||Medical Assistant Externship||2|
|HCOR 1160||Professionalism for Healthcare||1|
|ENGL 1030||Business English||3|
|CSRV 1000||Customer Service||3|
|CSRV 2000||Customer Service & Sales||3|
|ENTP 1000||Fundamentals of Entrepreneur||3|
|HCOR 2991||Special Projects I||1|
|HCOR 2993||Special Projects II||2|
|HCOR 2995||Special Projects III||3|
|HCOR 2996||Special Projects IV||3|
|HCOR 2997||Special Projects V||1|
- Anticipated program length for completion of highest level exit point is 12 months.
- Program requirements must be completed with a programmatic grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
- All courses in the Certificate of Technical Studies must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
MAST 1110 - Intro. to Medical Assistant (1 Credit Hour)
Analysis of the job market, salaries, working conditions, and job responsibilities and desirable attributes required of the Medical Assistant. Historical issues and current health care trends are also discussed.
MAST 1120 - Law & Ethics for Medical Assis (2 Credit Hours)
Discussion of AMA principles of medical ethics and the law, Patient's Bill of Rights, confidentiality, medical records, and other medical/legal/ethical issues and responsibilities of the Medical Assistant.
MAST 1130 - Medical Assistant Applications (2 Credit Hours)
Keyboarding principles, which integrate language arts, medical terminology, and medical document processing with emphasis on utilizing correct techniques, accuracy and speed.
MAST 1210 - Administrative Procedures I (4 Credit Hours)
Discussion of the components of effective client/staff communication, both verbal and nonverbal. Beginning front office activities such as scheduling, insurance, billing and patient/client education methods are covered. Practical application activities are integrated throughout this course.
Prerequisite(s): MAST 1110
MAST 1220 - Clinical Procedures I (1 Credit Hour)
This course discusses federal regulations and guidelines including CDC, CLIA88, OSHA Standards, and universal precaution. Emergency procedures, first aid and CPR, infection control measures, laboratory safety and quality control issues, rehabilitation medical practices, general safety measures/precautions used in the office/facility environment for employee/patient/client safety issues are also included. Orientation to clinical facilities is introduced.
MAST 1230 - Insurance & Medical Coding (2 Credit Hours)
Discussion of the types of health insurance, insurance claims procedures and instruction in the application of the current version of the International Classification of Diseases, 2001, Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM) Classification System and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Students may participate in selected clinical sites as part of this course, if available
MAST 2110 - Medical Transcription (3 Credit Hours)
Principles of medical transcription along with practical application and usage of medical forms, reports and case studies with integrated medical terminology and medical keyboarding. Students may participate in selected clinical sites as part of this course, if available.
MAST 2130 - Clinical Procedures II (1 Credit Hour)
This course will review methods to obtain and document assessment data obtained from the patient/client techniques needed to assist with the basic physical examination, special medical exams and procedures, minor surgical procedures, and the administration of selected medications will be identified. Practical application in selected clinical sites may be a part of this course.
Prerequisite(s): MAST 1220
MAST 2140 - Pharmacology for Medical Assis (2 Credit Hours)
Basic knowledge of drug classifications, mathematical computations and principles of medication administration as it related to the Medical Assistant.
MAST 2210 - Clinical Procedures III (1 Credit Hour)
Students will utilize methods to obtain specimen samples for diagnostic tests, perform diagnostic studies, assist with electrocardiography and cardiac diagnostic tests, pulmonary function tests and procedures, venipuncture, hematology, radiography and other specialty laboratory tests.
Prerequisite(s): MAST 2130
MAST 2222 - Medical Assistant Externship (2 Credit Hours)
Students will experience 180 hours of preceptor clinical experience in a variety of health care agencies allowing practical application of medical assistant principles, theories and skills.
Co-requisite(s): MAST 1230