Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

(2.5 Years) 

One Associate of Applied Science degree, one Bachelor of Applied Science, and one Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree are available.

Objectives

This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Help physicians examine and treat patients by taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, explain treatment procedures to patients, prepare patients for exams, assist during the exams and other office procedures, collect blood and other specimens, and perform basic lab procedures.
  2. Perform routine tasks to keep offices running smoothly such as schedule appointments, process insurance claims, perform bookkeeping, and maintain electronic medical records to name a few.

The Idaho State University College of Technology Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of ­Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP, www.caahep.org), upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). The program’s accreditation status is current until September, 2016.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park St
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354

NOTE: Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, are not eligible to take the CMA Exam. However, the Certifying Board may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances.

The MA Curriculum is sequenced to provide the student with the best possible learning experience. Students who do not complete proper class sequence each semester will not progress to the next semester. ALL core and prerequisite classes must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher to progress to the Medical Assisting Program.

For a Program Information Packet showing descriptions of each option, course descriptions, lists of course sequences, and the cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, and other expenses, go online to http://www.isu.edu/ctech/medicalassisting/.

This program requires students to achieve certain grades in order to advance each semester. Specific information is available in the program’s student handbook.

Associate of Applied Science Degree: Medical Assisting

(2.5 Years)

Required Courses:

All Medical Assisting program courses (i.e., HO, HIT, and MA) must be completed with a “B-” or better.  Other required courses, including general education requirements, must be completed with a “C” or better.

HIT 0205ICD 10 CM Coding3
HIT 0209CPT Coding3
HO 0106Medical Terminology2
HO 0107Medical Law and Ethics3
HO 0208Introduction to Pathology3
HO 0209Principles of Drugs and Their Uses3
MA 0104Introduction to Medical Assisting Administrative4
MA 0200Clinical Medical Assisting I4
MA 0202Administration of Medications and Phlebotomy4
MA 0203Computers in Medical Assisting Administrative6
MA 0204Clinical Externship6
MA 0204SClinical Externship Seminar1
MA 0205Clinical Medical Assisting II4
MA 0206Administrative Externship2
MA 0206SExternship Seminar1
MA 0207Professional Development1
MA 0208Clinical Medical Assisting III4
HO 0111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
OR
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
and Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
General Education courses: 1
BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab 2
4
MATH 1123Mathematics in Modern Society 23
PSYC 1101Introduction to General Psychology 23
Additional General Education courses6
Total Hours74
1

See General Education Requirements (minimum 15 credits) for A.A.S. Degree at the start of the College of Technology section of the catalog.

2

Contributes to a General Education requirement.

How to Read Course Descriptions

Courses

MA 0104 Introduction to Medical Assisting Administrative: 4 semester hours.

An introduction to the administrative skills and functions of the Medical Assistant in the medical office, which include: communications, appointment scheduling, accounting, insurance processing, and management skills. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. S

MA 0200 Clinical Medical Assisting I: 4 semester hours.

Basic clinical procedures: taking and recording vital signs, histories, and chief complaints; asepsis; OSHA standards; health maintenance; disinfection and sterilization procedures; inventorying and ordering medical supplies; maintaining equipment; therapy modalities; preparing patients for exams; CPR and First Aid; patient education. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. F

MA 0202 Administration of Medications and Phlebotomy: 4 semester hours.

Covers routes of administration and the proper delivery of medication by those routes. Medications and rules of administration are discussed. Includes phlebotomy skills and safety requirements for hematology, chemistry, and serology. Principles and theory of IV Therapy are also covered. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. S

MA 0203 Computers in Medical Assisting Administrative: 6 semester hours.

Data entry of patient information, accounting, scheduling, insurance filing. Complete, accurate computer accounting process. Simulated computer exercises in functions pertaining to the medical office. Abstracting patient information from medical records and using electronic medical records and templates to manage patient health records. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. S

MA 0204 Clinical Externship: 6 semester hours.

Application of the principles and practice of medical assisting in an external learning environment/externship of a medical practice under the supervision of a physician and the medical practice staff. Graded S/U. PREREQ: All other MA required courses (including general education and HO courses). F, S

MA 0204S Clinical Externship Seminar: 1 semester hour.

Extension of the clinical externship; students meet for one hour each week to discuss experiences and progress with their clinical advisor and other students. Graded S/U. PREREQ: All other MA required courses (including general education and HO courses). COREQ: MA 0204. F, S

MA 0205 Clinical Medical Assisting II: 4 semester hours.

Assisting with minor surgery and office procedures; applying dressings, bandages, casts, and sutures; scheduling radiology and patient preparation; diagnostic CLIA and screening; collecting specimens; OSHA regulations. S

MA 0206 Administrative Externship: 2 semester hours.

Application of the principles and practice of the administrative clerical functions of a medical office in an external learning/externship environment under the supervision of a physician and the business management staff. Graded S/U. PREREQ: All other MA required courses (including general education and HO courses). COREQ: MA 0206S. F, S

MA 0206S Externship Seminar: 1 semester hour.

Extension of MA 0206. Discuss experiences and progress with advisor and other students. Graded S/U. PREREQ: All other MA required courses (including general education and HO courses). COREQ: MA 0206. F, S

MA 0207 Professional Development: 1 semester hour.

Principles and applied techniques for Medical Assisting professional career development. Preparation for transition from school to the work place. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence, and BT 0170. S

MA 0208 Clinical Medical Assisting III: 4 semester hours.

Vital signs, asepsis, and health maintenance; charting, patient education; assisting with specialty examinations in pediatrics, OB/GYN, cardiology, pulmonary, gastroenterology, eyes, ears, nose, and throat. PREREQ: MA 0205; previous semester course sequence. F

MA 0296 Independent Study: 1-8 semester hours.

Addresses specific learning needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D

MA 0298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hours.

Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

MA 0299 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

Faculty

Coordinator/Instructor

Terrell

Instructor

Carter

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