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2017 - 2018 Catalog Year
Medical Assistant Technology (Full-time)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Division: Health Sciences

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Spring Semester (First Year)
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Description:

The first course in a two-semester sequence studying the structure and function of the human body. Topics include introductory terminology, biochemistry, cytology, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system and the endocrine system. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015 and MAT 0050 or MAT 1120 or MAT 1130

Description: In English Composition I students learn reflective, analytical and argumentative writing strategies, incorporating sources and personal experience. Students will negotiate between public and private rhetorical situations and purposes to achieve academic literacy. They will write multiple drafts using a recursive writing process as they work toward fluency in style and mechanics.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Placement Test Score)

Description:

Overview of the role of a medical assistant within the health care industry and different work environments, as well as the fundamentals of medical ethics and law in the medical office setting.

Prerequisites: ALH 1101

Description: Orientation to the health care delivery system, including history, economics, medical/legal issues, professionalism, ethics, sociological aspects and wellness concepts. Orientation to the use of technology in the health care system will also be provided, including user interfaces, telecommunications and networks. The development of health care team skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving strategies and multicultural health care perspectives, will be presented. One classroom, three lab hours per week.

 

Term hours subtotal:

15

Summer Semester (First Year)
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Description: Basic prefixes, roots and suffixes; terminology including anatomic, diagnostic, symptomatic, procedural, eponymic terms and standard abbreviations required for a working knowledge and understanding of the language of medicine.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035

Description: The second course in a two-semester sequence studying the structure and function of the human body. Topics include the cardiovascular system, the lymphoid system, immunity, the digestive system, the urinary system and the reproductive system. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: BIO 1121

Description:

Overview of the conventional drug classes presenting only the more commonly prescribed preparations primarily emphasizing common effects and indications for use.

Prerequisites: BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141

Description: Introduction to clinical assisting procedures in the medical office, emphasizing patient preparation, medical history interviews, vital signs, positioning and draping, medical asepsis, assisting with physical exams, pediatric assessment, techniques required for patient assessment and treatment during medical office emergencies and the role of the medical assistant in urgent situations with the physician present and also during the physician's absence, theory and techniques of Basic Life Support as established by the American Heart Association. Two classroom, three lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course.

Prerequisites: BIO 1121 and Approval of Department

Description: Pathological changes associated with the most commonly occurring diseases of each body system. Correlates changes with patient's response, diagnostic studies, and treatment modalities. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Prerequisites: BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141

Description: Administrative duties in a physician's office, including monitoring patient appointments, outpatient procedures, hospital admissions, medical and office equipment maintenance, storing supplies and pharmaceuticals, hiring, evaluating and managing personnel. One classroom, three lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: ENG 1101

 

Term hours subtotal:

15

Fall Semester (Second Year)
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Description:

Introduction to principles, guidelines and conventions for assigning ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes and CPT procedure codes to patient encounters for physician services. Additional out-of-class assignments are required.

Prerequisites: HIM 1101 and BIO 1121

Description: Intermediate-level clinical procedures performed in a family practice setting such as medical microbiology, minor office surgery, administering therapeutic modalities, preparing and administering medications, electrocardiography, techniques required for patient assessment and treatment during medical office emergencies and the role of the medical assistant in urgent situations with the physician present and also during the physician’s absence. Two classroom, six lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course.

Prerequisites: MAS 1102 and MAT 0200 or MAT 1130 and Restricted to Majors

Description:

Introduction to the ambulatory care clinical setting involving structured observation and unpaid participation in the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care under the supervision of a licensed physician or certified medical assistant, assisting with patient preparation, physical examination, scheduling appointments, bookkeeping tasks. One classroom, fourteen practicum hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course.

Prerequisites: MAS 1103 and MAS 1110 and Restricted to Majors

Description: Techniques required to perform advanced/specialized procedures such as assisting with gastroenterolgic procedures, urinary procedures, basic respiratory procedures, OB/GYN procedures and laboratory procedures. Two classroom, six lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course.

Prerequisites: MAS 1103 and ALH 1140 and ALH 2201 or ALH 2202 and Restricted to Majors

 

Term hours subtotal:

15

Spring Semester (Second Year)
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Description:

This is an in-depth study of the principles of nutrition with emphasis on the functions of the nutrients, their digestion, absorption, metabolism, inter-relationships and nutrition requirements. Incorporates assessment of nutritional health risks, health promotion and disease prevention theories. Explores the influence of socioeconomic, cultural, psychological and environmental factors on food and nutritional behavior.

Notes: Another course may be taken to fulfill this requirement, see approved MAS Portfolio Elective list for options or see the MAS Program Director for approval of a course not on the approved list.

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the practice of medical billing within the medical office, including the use of computerized medical billing software. It is also designed to introduce the student to the principles of bookkeeping, automated and manual patient financial accounting, collection techniques, employee payroll and banking procedures. One classroom, three lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: HIM 1201

Description: University-parallel course covering history and systems of psychology, behavioral research methods, physiology of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, consciousness, cognition, personality, lifespan development, gender, social psychology, motivation, emotion, stress, mental disorders and therapies.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035

Description: Advanced experience in a physician's office, involving structured observations and unpaid participation in the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care under the supervision of a licensed physician, assisting with specialized clinical procedures, performing electrocardiograms, venipunctures and basic laboratory tests and advanced office management skills. One classroom, fourteen practicum hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course.

Prerequisites: MAS 2201 and MAS 2210 and MAS 2220 and Restricted to Majors

Description: Discussion of directed practice experience, preparation for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) National Certification Examination through student presentations, mock exam, skills practicals and discussion topics relative to the medical assisting profession. Students will, as part of this course, prepare to sit for the national credentialing certificate, Certified Medical Assistant (American Association of Medical Assistants). Three lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course.

Prerequisites: MAS 2201 and MAS 2210 and Restricted to Majors

Description: Exploration of the development, maintenance and termination of interpersonal relationships. The focus is on effective verbal and nonverbal interactions between two people, highlighting methods of initiating and maintaining effective communication with, and understanding of, others through learning and applying interpersonal communication theory.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Any other college level English course)

 

Term hours subtotal:

15

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.