Medical Assisting Technology - Allentown
MAT212A - Associate in Specialized Technology Degree Program
CIP Code: 51.0716
SOC Code: 43-6013
Day and Afternoon Programs
Program ObjectiveThe Medical Assisting Technology program prepares the graduates to be multi-function practitioners, qualified to perform both front office skills and the direct patient care in any healthcare environment. With the constant changes in patient care, healthcare management and technology, there is an ever-increasing demand for well-trained, multi-skilled medical professionals who are able to function in a wide variety of healthcare environments. This program will provide a balanced study in the clinical aspects of medical assisting while also providing instruction in administrative skills, practices, processes and functions. Instruction in administrative and clinical competencies will allow graduates greater flexibility to work in a variety of health care settings. The Associate in Specialized Technology degree program is designed to develop the student’s strength in areas that will assist in their personal and professional growth. Graduates of this program may find entry-level positions as Office Medical Assistants, EKG Technicians, or Unit/Ward Clerks in a hospital setting. Upon completion of the program, graduates are encouraged to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam. This program prepares students for the certification testing, although there is no guarantee of passing the certification test and obtaining Medical Assistant certification is not a graduation requirement. Students will be required to complete out-of-class assignment in each course, except externship.
Course DescriptionThis course provides the students, primarily in health-related programs, an understanding of the anatomy and physiology and medical terminology of the human body. This course focuses on the following body systems: Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System, the Senses, and Digestive System.
Course DescriptionThis course is a continuation of BIO101 Anatomy and Physiology I. This course provides students with an understanding of the structure, function and medical terminology of the remaining organ systems. This course focuses on the following body systems: Endocrine System, Respiratory System, Circulatory System, the Blood, Lymphatic and Immune System, Urinary System and the Reproductive System.
Course DescriptionThis course will prepare the student to understand basic computer principles and use electronic records in a medical practice. Electronic Medical Records is designed to train future users of electronic health records programs to document patient exams, diagnosis, disorders, and coding. By the completion of this course the student will have the ability to understand and implement the electronic health records software, including data entry at the point of care, electronic coding from medical records using the latest in electronic health records, utilize advanced techniques to speed data entry, use the electronic health records to improve patient care, understand the privacy and security of health records, and use the electronic health records through different technology modes.
Course DescriptionThis course is a study of the purpose, use and application of medical classification systems, nomenclatures and other terminologies, including International Classification of Diseases Coding. Emphasis is placed on the current version of the International Classification of Diseases federal coding guidelines, coding conventions, and coding principles. Students will practice code assignments using various types of healthcare documentation (such as: inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, physician’s office).
Course DescriptionIn this course, students will learn important computer and digital technology concepts and skills necessary to succeed in careers and in life. No prior computer experience is assumed. Students will become familiar with essential concepts, including an introduction to computers and the Internet, and computer hardware and software. Students will learn about computer networks, e-mail, and Internet security and privacy. Skills introduced are essential and valuable for all professions. They include operating systems and file management, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, Web research, and personal information management. This course has no pre-requisite.
Course DescriptionThis course provides the student with the knowledge to understand the background and importance of insurance claims completion, accounts receivable, coding, and billing. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the basic electronic health information process and the opportunity to apply necessary knowledge for the release of patient information and maintain HIPAA privacy rules. The student will have the opportunity to understand basic principles and terminology of electronic data interchange (EDI) and to demonstrate understanding of computers, records management, and electronic claims submission.
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to teach the student the importance of maintaining a professional demeanor at all times along with knowledge of the law and the possible consequences of unprofessional behavior. While participating in a virtual medical office simulation, the student will learn how to work within their scope of practice as a member of a team, set measurable goals and develop time management skills and conflict resolution. In addition, the student will be able to identify and process an ethical problem and to explain the differences between ethical issues and legal issues. Administrative competencies of the medical office, including keyboarding, insurance forms, patient billing, and the uses of specialized forms and reports and office management are included.
Course DescriptionThis course introduces the student to clinical skills needed for specimen collection. Emphasis is placed on proper blood specimen collection and laboratory testing procedures. Students receive practical clinical experience with student to student practice draws and laboratory tests.
Course DescriptionThis course provides students with the basics of medical procedures and instruments as well as the basic concepts of sterilization and the preparation of materials to be sterilized. This course also introduces the student on how to perform a 12-lead EKG (electrocardiography). Students will learn practical applications to assist the physician in a variety of settings.
Course DescriptionThis course provides students with skills to demonstrate competency in all areas of pharmacology. The student will be introduced to the study and administration of medications with an overview of oral, rectal and sublingual medications both as relates to pathological conditions and as general administration. Students are also introduced to the Physicians’ Desk Reference. The student also demonstrates practical applications of skills learned through the administration of intradermal, subcutaneous and intramuscular injections. Students will be able to demonstrate and perform CPR as well as first-aid techniques as Healthcare Providers.
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to further train the student in medical office skills including the use of databases and advanced word processing. The student will demonstrate intermediate to professional presentation skills and create computerized reports that is necessary in their careers. They will review document creation, templates, macros, and various aspects of desktop publishing. The skills associated with keyboarding techniques will be re-enforced.
Course DescriptionThis course introduces skills and strategies that will help students be successful in completing their course of study and in entering the world of work. The overall goal of this course is to facilitate a smooth transition to school by engaging the students in curriculum focusing on academic and life skills. Students will make connections with key personnel within the school who will assist with their questions and provide guidance throughout their education. Students learn about time management, financial management, goal setting, learning strategies, career awareness and critical thinking strategies that will provide them with skills to be successful in school and in life. Learning to work well in teams and individually are positive outcomes of the way this course is taught.
Course DescriptionThis course focuses on interpersonal and social skills and includes instruction on the topics of personnel psychology; supervisory psychology; and principals of supervision. In addition, this course exposes students to problem solving, decision making, conflict and change management, and group relations in personal and professional settings.
Course DescriptionThis course covers concepts from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics, and applications relevant to these topics. Topics include but are not limited to: unit conversions, basic geometry and fundamental elements of trigonometry including oblique triangles, elementary statistics, and metric measurements. Emphasis is on technically oriented applications and activities to build skills in applied problem solving.
Course DescriptionThis course will help students gain professional writing skills needed to create business documents including reports, letters, emails, and brochures.Includes choosing appropriate information from research and developing a professional tone to ethically connect with the audience, along with format and layout to best distribute information. Additional topics include ethics and purpose in writing necessary in the workplace.
Course DescriptionIn this course, the students will learn about the study of human behavior and social institutions, their roles as individuals in society; in groups and their impact on the social institutions with which they interact. In addition, look at political systems and political behavior and how these concepts relate to individuals in society.
Course DescriptionThis course focuses on major topics, concepts processes and interrelationships of physical phenomena of the world, including, introductions to chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy, and measurements of properties of matter, water, heat and electricity, which will provoke critical thinking skills and highlight how these relationships affect human life and are applicable to the professional workplace.
Course DescriptionThis course focuses on the systematic study of ethical issues in the workplace and public life through active and critical thinking. Includes the application of problem solving by exploring language and perception surrounding the workplace and society. Explores professional application through reasoning and relating all sides of contemporary social dilemmas.
Course DescriptionThis course focuses on the comprehensive study of communication and spans the study of communication and its impact in the work place. Includes instruction in interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural communication; theories of communication; critical thinking, argumentation, and persuasion; written communication; electronic media; media and culture; effects of mass media; media criticism; and methods of inquiry; mass communication/media studies, old and new media technologies, and social and professional applications.
Course DescriptionDuring this section of medical externship, the student will apply concepts and knowledge in administrative and clinical competencies. Students will apply practical application and experiential learning opportunities using all skills learned in a real-life clinical setting
Course DescriptionDuring the clinical externship the student applies practical application and experiential learning opportunities using all skills learned in a real-life clinical setting prior to taking the certification/registry examination.
Course DescriptionThe student now applies practical application of all skills learned in a medical front office setting (i.e.: Doctor’s Office, Insurance Company, Billing Center).