Medical Assisting Technology - Marietta
MAT202AT - Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
CIP Code: 51.0716
SOC Code: 31-9092
Day and Evening Programs
Program ObjectiveDue to the changes in managed health care and the expansion of private group practices, there is an ever-increasing demand for a well-trained, multi-skilled medical staff. This graduating individual would possess clinical, administrative and laboratory skills necessary to perform the multitude of tasks required by today’s medical office facilities. It also provides the diversity of other job options in a hospital or laboratory environment. The Medical Assisting Technology program prepares the graduates to be multi-function practitioners, qualified to perform advanced front office skills and the direct patient care clinical aspects of the physician’s office. The curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, terminology, insurance billing and coding, records, ethics, English, mathematics, clinical procedures, aseptic technique, general surgical procedures, universal precautions, general skills in document formatting, accounting, EKG, and an intimate knowledge of Electronic Health Records. The program delivers practical experience in a selected healthcare environment. Graduates of this program may find entry-level positions for Office Medical Assistants, EKG Technicians, Unit/Ward Clerks (in a hospital setting). They may elect to work office medical transcription in either a hospital or office setting as well. Students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments 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 BIO101T 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. The Electronic Medical Records course 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 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 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 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 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 DescriptionThis course is designed to further train the student in normal office skills including the use of Microsoft and word processing. The student will be taught basic presentation skills and computerized reports. They will learn to create documents, templates, macros, and various aspects of desktop publishing. The basic skills associated with keyboarding techniques will be re-enforced.
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 prerequisites.
Course DescriptionThis course provides an introduction to health information science, the health care delivery system, and the health information profession. Health record content, health record formats, analysis, retention, retrieval and accreditation standards are also addressed. Professional ethics are reviewed. Different levels of the healthcare delivery system are also examined. Paper-based health records as well as the electronic health record are reviewed and analyzed.
Course DescriptionThis course presents students with techniques to develop their critical thinking skills. Topics include the six sequential steps of critical thinking, the importance of language, ambiguity, structure of arguments and creative problem solving. Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate an improvement in their ability to apply critical thinking skills to real world situations.
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to provide students with a basic scientific overview of how nature works and how things in nature are interconnected. This course explores the study of the earth’s natural resources. Topics include the study of how air, water, soil, natural energy, and the minerals are critical and related parts of the earths interconnect systems.
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to be an exploration of how American government formed in its constitutional roots and how it continues to develop. Topics will include how government is organized, its influencing factors, and the development of public policy.
Course DescriptionThis course focuses on algebraic concepts essential for success in the workplace and other courses. Using real world examples and applications, students practice fundamental operations with number systems, formulas, algebraic expressions and liner equations. This course also explores problems involving factoring, inequalities, exponents, radicals, linear equations, functions, quadratic equations and graphs. Skills for success in mathematics will be emphasized.
Course DescriptionStudents develop written communication skills, with emphasis placed on the principles of effective communication which includes understanding the writing process, analysis of readings, as can be applied personally and professionally.
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 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.