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2023 - 2024 Catalog Year
Medical Assistant Technology (Full-time)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Division: Health Sciences

Health Sciences degree programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. The limited enrollment courses are offered during the technical portion of the program that includes clinical, practicum, or professional practice experience. The technical section of a program has restrictions on the number of students that may start the limited enrollment courses each term (or year), based on space availability and accreditor guidelines, for example, objective quantitative factors. As a result of this limited class size, there may be a waiting period between completion of the prerequisites and other program requirements for entry into the limited enrollment courses, and the start of those courses. Some programs have instituted a competitive selection process for entry to the limited enrollment/restricted courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet found on the Health Sciences webpage: http://www.sinclair.edu/academics/divisions/hs/

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.

Fall Semester (First Year)
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Description: Introduction to the theory components of 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. Two classroom, three lab hours per week.

Notes: Fall and Spring Only

Corequisites: MAS 1192

Description: This is the laboratory portion of MAS 1102 Clinical Medical Assisting I and will provide “hands-on� aspects of the clinical topics taught in MAS 1102 to prepare students to perform 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.

Notes: Fall and Spring Only

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: MAS 1102

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.

Description: The survey course studying the structure and function of the human body. Topics include introductory terminology, cytology, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, (blood, heart and blood vessels), the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system and the reproductive system. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Choose from BIO 1107/1108 or BIO 1121

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

Corequisites: BIO 1108

Description: The lab component of a survey course that studies the structure and function of the human body. Lab work topics include histology, cytology and the anatomy of the skeleton, muscles, nervous system structures, blood components, the heart, blood vessels and structures within the respiratory, digestive, urinary and male and female reproductive systems. Summarization is achieved through the dissection of a preserved fetal pig.

Corequisites: BIO 1107

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: 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

 

Term hours subtotal:

13

Spring Semester (First Year)
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Description: This course will introduce students to intermediate-level clinical procedures in a family practice setting such as medical microbiology, minor office surgery, administering therapeutic modalities, preparing and administering medications, and eye and ear procedures. Two classroom, six lab hours per week.

Notes: Restricted to majors

Prerequisites: MAS 1102 and BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141 and HIM 1101 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: MAS 1193

Description: This is the laboratory portion of MAS 1103 – Clinical Medical Assisting II and will provide “hands-on� aspects of the clinical topics taught in MAS 1103 to prepare students to perform intermediate-level clinical procedures in a family practice setting such as medical microbiology, minor office surgery, administering therapeutic modalities, preparing and administering medications, and eye and ear procedures.

Notes: Restricted to majors

Prerequisites: BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141 and HIM 1101 and MAS 1102 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: MAS 1103

Description: The Administrative Medical Assistant course will provide an overview of the role of a medical assistant within the health care industry and different work environments, administrative duties in a physician's office including monitoring patient appointments, outpatient procedures, medical and office equipment maintenance, storing supplies and pharmaceuticals, hiring, evaluating and managing personnel, as well as the fundamentals of medical ethics and law in the medical office setting. Two classroom, six lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: ENG 1101

Description: This course will introduce students to advanced/specialized procedures such as assisting with gastroenterologic procedures, urinary procedures, basic respiratory procedures, OB/GYN procedures and laboratory procedures that are performed in ambulatory care settings. Two classroom, six lab hours per week.

Notes: Restricted to majors

Prerequisites: HIM 1101 and BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141 and MAS 1102 and Restricted to Majors

Description: This is the laboratory portion of MAS 2201 – Clinical Medical Assisting III and will provide “hands-on� aspects of the clinical topics taught in MAS 2201 to prepare students to perform advanced/specialized procedures such as assisting with gastroenterologic procedures, urinary procedures, basic respiratory procedures, OB/GYN procedures and laboratory procedures performed in the ambulatory care setting.

Notes: Restricted to majors

Prerequisites: MAS 1102 and BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141 and HIM 1101 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: MAS 2201

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 principles and conventions for assigning ICD-10-CM and CPT codes to patient encounter for billing physician services. Students should possess proficiency in basic medical terminology.

Prerequisites: HIM 1101

 

Term hours subtotal:

15

Summer Semester (First Year)
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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. Two classroom, three lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: HIM 1160 or HIM 1201

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, discussion of practicum experience and topics relative to the medical assisting profession, preparation to sit for a national credentialing certificate. Healthcare Professional CPR, health certificate, immunizations, student health insurance, and background check must be completed prior to the start of MAS 2220 - MAS Practicum. One classroom, fourteen practicum hours per week.

Notes: Restricted to majors

Prerequisites: MAS 1103 and MAS 1110 and MAS 2201 and ALH 2201 and Restricted to Majors and Other (Accumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater)

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.

Prerequisites: BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141

 

Term hours subtotal:

9

Fall Semester (Second Year)
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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: The course will introduce core concepts of public health, including analytical methods, biomedical basis of public health, social and behavioral factors in health, environmental issues, medical care and public health and the future of public health.

Description: Solve health science applications; convert within and between metric, household and apothecary systems; read and interpret health science labels and graphs; calculate and apply statistical concepts; solve problems involving parenteral, pediatric and/or intravenous administration and dosage calculations. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Prerequisites: MAT 0050 or Other (Satisfactory score on math placement test)

Description: Student will complete seven hours per week for a total of 105 non-paid directed practice at a medical billing facility in order to obtain practical knowledge with medical reimbursement procedures. Students will, as part of this course, attend a one hour lecture per week in order to prepare to sit for the national credentialing certificate, Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist.

Notes: MAS Department permission required

Prerequisites: Approval of Department

 

Term hours subtotal:

11

Spring Semester (Second Year)
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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.

Notes: Communication Elective: Choose from COM 2206, COM 2211, COM 2225

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

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.

Description: A critical analysis of contemporary American society with review of major sociological theories, research methods, culture, socialization, groups, social structure, social institutions, deviance, social inequalities, social processes and social change.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015

Description: Research and theory concerning the physical, cognitive and social development of a person from conception to death, including prenatal and child development, adolescence, adult life crises, marriage, family, work, leisure and senescence.

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.

Prerequisites: PSY 1100

 

Term hours subtotal:

12

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.