Medical Assistant - Marietta
MA524CT - Certificate Program
CIP Code: 51.0801
SOC Code: 31-9092
Day and Evening Programs
Program ObjectiveA critical shortage in hospitals, changes in Managed Health Care and the expansion of private group practices have increased the demand for well-trained Medical Assistants possessing the clinical, administrative, and laboratory skills required by today’s medical facilities. The Medial Assistant program prepares students to be multi-functional practitioners, thoroughly prepared to perform front office and clinical patient care duties, as well as, basic urgent care procedures. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, insurance billing and coding, electronic health records, ethics, clinical procedures, aseptic technique, minor surgical procedures, universal precautions, general skills in document formatting, basic accounting, EKG, and pathophysiology. This program delivers practical preparation in the healthcare environment. Graduates of this program may find entry-level positions as Office Medical Assistants, EKG Technicians, Unit / Ward Clerks (in a hospital setting). It also provides the diversity of other job options in the hospital or laboratory environment. 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 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 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 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 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.