One Associate of Applied Science degree, one Bachelor of Applied Science, and one Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree are available.
This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to:
- 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.
- 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
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.
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
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.
Coordinator and Clinical Senior Instructor
Terrell, Robin K., Coordinator, Clinical Senior Instructor, Medical Assisting. A.A.S. 2006, Idaho State University. (2011)
Clinical Senior Instructor
Carter, Susan, Clinical Senior Instructor, Medical Assisting. A.A.S. 2007, B.S. 2013, Idaho State University. (2014)
Associate of Applied Science Degree: Medical Assisting
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 0205||ICD 10 CM Coding||3|
|HIT 0209||CPT Coding||3|
|HO 0106||Medical Terminology||2|
|HO 0107||Medical Law and Ethics||3|
|HO 0208||Introduction to Pathology||3|
|HO 0209||Principles of Drugs and Their Uses||3|
|MA 0104||Introduction to Medical Assisting Administrative||4|
|MA 0200||Clinical Medical Assisting I||4|
|MA 0202||Administration of Medications and Phlebotomy||4|
|MA 0203||Computers in Medical Assisting Administrative||6|
|MA 0204||Clinical Externship||6|
|MA 0204S||Clinical Externship Seminar||1|
|MA 0205||Clinical Medical Assisting II||4|
|MA 0206||Administrative Externship||2|
|MA 0206S||Externship Seminar||1|
|MA 0207||Professional Development||1|
|MA 0208||Clinical Medical Assisting III||4|
|HO 0111||Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|Anatomy and Physiology|
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
|Anatomy and Physiology|
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
|General Education courses: 2|
|Concepts Biology Human Concerns|
and Concepts Biology Human Concerns Lab 3
and Biology I Lab 3
|PSYC 1101||Introduction to General Psychology 3||3|
|General Education Objective 3||3|
|Additional General Education courses||6|
Requires BIOL 1101 as a prerequisite.
See General Education Requirements (minimum 15 credits) for A.A.S. Degree at the start of the College of Technology section of the catalog.
Contributes to a General Education requirement.