Medical Assisting

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

MAST 1010 : Legal & Ethical Concerns

Introduces the basic concept of medical assisting and its relationship to the other health fields. Emphasizes medical ethics, legal aspects of medicine, and the medical assistant*s role as an agent of the physician. Provides the student with knowledge of medical jurisprudence and the essentials of professional behavior. Topics include: introduction to medical assisting; introduction to medical law; physician/patient/assistant relationship; medical office in litigation; as well as ethics, bioethical issues and HIPAA.

Credits

2

MAST 1030 : Pharmacology in the Medical Office

Introduces medication therapy with emphasis on safety; classification of medications; their actions; side effects; medication and food interactions and adverse reactions. Also introduces basic methods of arithmetic used in the administration of medications. Topics include: introductory pharmacology; dosage calculation; sources and forms of medications; medication classification; and medication effects on the body systems.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Program Admission, MATH 1012.

MAST 1060 : Medical Office Procedures

Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: office protocol, time management, appointment scheduling, medical office equipment, medical references, mail services, medical records, electronic records, and professional communication.

Credits

4

MAST 1080 : Medical Assisting Skills

Introduces the skills necessary for assisting the physician with a complete history and physical in all types of medical practices. The course includes skills necessary for sterilizing instruments and equipment and setting up sterile trays. The student also explores the theory and practice of electrocardiography. Topics include: infection control and related OSHA guidelines; prepare patients/assist physician with age and gender-specific examinations and diagnostic procedures; vital signs/mensuration; medical office surgical procedures, respiratory evaluations and electrocardiography.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Program admission, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090.

MAST 1090 : Medical Assisting Skills II

Furthers student knowledge of the more complex activities in a physician*s office. Topics include: collection/examination of specimens and CLIA regulations/risk management; urinalysis; venipuncture; hematology and chemistry evaluations; applied microbiology; advanced reagent testing (Strep Test, HcG etc); administration of medications; medical office emergency procedures and emergency preparedness; rehabilitative therapy procedures; principles of radiology safety and maintenance of medication and immunization records and nutrition.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Program Admission, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, MAST 1080.

MAST 1100 : Medical Insurance Management

Emphasizes essential skills required to file insurance claims within the medical practice. Provides information on types of third party plans, managed care policies and procedures, and procedures, and insurance coding conventions. Topics include: managed care, reimbursement, and coding.

Credits

2

MAST 1110 : Administrative Practice Management

Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice in the areas of computers and application of computer skills, electronic health records, accounting procedures, and practice management software. Topics include: accounting procedures and application software.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MAST 1120 : Human Disease

Provides review of anatomy and physiology per body system and fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders of each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted including: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: review of anatomy and physiology and diseases of the body systems

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Program admission, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090.

MAST 1170 : Medical Assisting Externship

Provides students with an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of principles and techniques in a medical office job setting. This clinical practicum allows the student to become involved in a work setting at a professional level of technical application and requires concentration, practice, and follow-through. Topics include: application of classroom knowledge and skills and functioning in the work environment.

Credits

6

Prerequisites

Program admission and completion of all Medical Assisting Classes except MAST 1180.

MAST 1180 : Medical Assisting Seminar

Seminar focuses on job preparation and maintenance skills and review for the certification examination. Topics include: letters of application, resumes, completing a job application, job interviews, follow-up letter/call, letters of resignation and review of program competencies for employment and certification.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Program admission and completion of all Medical Assisting Classes except MAST 1170.