• Medical Assistant

    The Medical Assistant Program is no longer accepting applications for the 2015-16 program year.

    2015-16 Medical Assistant Application

    Medical assistants function as integral members of the healthcare delivery team in performing administrative, clinical and transdisciplinary (general) functions. The Medical Assistant (MA) program is accredited by Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208; on recommendation of the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board, of the Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Endowment (AAMAE).

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  • Medical Assistant (MA)

    MA-110: Medical Terminology

    [ All Terms | 3 - credits ]

    Provides the foundational principles required for understanding medical terms and tools to effectively communicate with other health care professionals. This includes pronunciation, spelling and the meaning of words. There will be introductions to disease processes and basic anatomy and physiology by examining each of the body systems. Open to all students. Required course for students in Medical Assistant program.

    MA-112: Medical Office Practices

    [ Fall Term | 4 - credits ]

    Focuses on administrative skills performed by the Medical Assistant in the ambulatory care setting. The course examines medical law and ethics, bioethics, principles of confidentiality and medical office function. Corequisites: BI-120 and MA-145. Prerequisite: Pass MA-110. Required: Instructor consent.

    MA-115: Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    The focus of this course is to understand appropriate blood specimen procurement techniques using vacutainer, syringe, 'winged infusion' / butterfly with syringe and capillary puncture methods and associated safety techniques. Other specifics of the blood specimen testing requirements, such as collection into the correct evacuated tube (additive), specimen handling procedures, collections of newborn screen and collection documentation are also covered; while assuring a safe, confidential and professional environment for the patient, and as the phlebotomy technician. Prerequisites: Pass MA-116, MA-117, MA-117L, MA-118, MA-118L, MTH-054. Corequisites: MA-115L, MA-121, MA-121L, MA-119. Required: Student must be enrolled in current Medical Assistant cohort. Instructor consent.

    MA-115L: Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants Lab

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    The focus of this course is to demonstrate appropriate blood specimen procurement techniques using vacutainer, syringe, 'winged infusion'/butterfly with syringe and capillary puncture methods and associated safety techniques. Other specifics of the blood specimen testing requirements, such as collection into the correct evacuated tube (additive), specimen handling procedures, collections of newborn screen and collection documentation are also covered; while assuring a safe, confidential and professional environment for the patient, and as the phlebotomy technician. Prerequisite: MA-116, MA-118, MA-118L, MA-117, MA-117L, MTH-054. Corequisites: MA-115, MA-119, MA-121, MA-121L. Required: Student must be enrolled in current Medical Assistant cohort. Instructor consent.

    MA-116: Introduction to Medications

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduces the medical assisting students to pharmacology and medication administration. It is designed to give students the fundamentals of medications and the administration of medications essential to the practice of medical assisting. Prerequisites: Pass BI-120, MA-110, MA-112 and MA-145. Corequisites: MA-117, MA-118 and MTH-054. Required: Instructor consent.

    MA-117: Clinical Laboratory Procedures I

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    This theory course is designed to instill a basic understanding of common laboratory terminology and procedures used in a general medical office laboratory to aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Laboratory safety, the prevention of blood born disease transmission and scope of practice will be emphasized. First course in the Clinical Laboratory Procedures series. Prerequisites: Pass BI-120, MA-112, MA-145. Corequisites: MA-116, MA-117L, MA-118, MTH-054. Required: Student must be enrolled in current Medical Assistant cohort. Instructor consent.

    MA-117L: Clinical Laboratory Procedure I Lab

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    This laboratory course is designed to instill a basic understanding of common laboratory terminology and procedures used in a general medical office laboratory to aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Laboratory safety, the prevention of blood born disease transmission and scope of practice will be emphasized. This is the first course in the Clinical Lab Procedures series. Prerequisite: Pass BI-120, MA-112, MA-145. Corequisites: MA-117, MA-118, MA-118L, MA-116, MTH-054. Required: Student must be enrolled in current Medical Assistant cohort. Instructor consent.

    MA-118: Examination Room Techniques

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Fundamental theory focusing on the clinical competencies involved in ambulatory care, exam room procedures and related techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on essential principles of diagnostic testing, patient care, documentation and general (trans disciplinary) competencies including the rationale for the equipment used in medication administration and the techniques for oral and parenteral medication administration (excluding IV). Prerequisites: Pass BI-120, MA-112, MA-145. Co-requisites: MA-116, MA-117, MA-117L, MA-118L, and MTH-054. Required: Instructor consent. Students must be enrolled in a Medical Assistant cohort.

    MA-118L: Examine Room Techniques Lab

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    This lab course is designed to instill a basic understanding of common laboratory terminology and procedures used in a general medical office laboratory to aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Laboratory safety, the prevention of blood borne disease transmission and scope of practice will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Pass BI-120, BI-112m MA-145. Co-requisites: MA-116, MA-117, MA-117L, MA-118, and MTH-054. Required: Instructor consent. Students must be enrolled in a Medical Assistant cohort.

    MA-119: Medical Assisting Practicum

    [ Spring Term | 9 - credits ]

    Under supervision within the ambulatory care setting, the student will apply both administrative and clinical knowledge and practices as attained within the Medical Assisting course curriculum. Required: Instructor consent. Student must complete and pass all required curriculum, pass criminal history background check and urine drug/alcohol screen in order to be placed in a practicum site. Prerequisites: Pass MA-115 and MA-121.

    MA-121: Clinical Laboratory Procedures II

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Designed to instill a basic understanding of simple, common laboratory terminology and procedures used in a general medical office laboratory to aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Laboratory safety, the prevention of blood born disease transmission and scope of practice will be emphasized. Continuation of the Clinical Laboratory Procedures series. Prerequisites: Pass MA-116, MA-117, MA-117L, MA-118, MA-118L, MTH-054. Corequisites: MA-115, MA-115L, MA-119, MA-121L. Required: Student must be enrolled in current Medical Assistant cohort. Instructor consent.

    MA-121L: Clinical Laboratory Procedures II Lab

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    This theory course is designed to instill a basic understanding of common laboratory terminology and procedures used in a general medical office laboratory to aid the p`hysician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Laboratory safety, the prevention of blood born disease transmission and scope of practice will be emphasized. Continuation of the Clinical Laboratory Procedures series. Prerequisite: Pass MA-116, MA-117, MA-117L, MA-118, MA-118L, MTH-054. Corequisites: MA-115, MA-115L, MA-119, MA-121. Required: Student must be enrolled in current Medical Assistant cohort. Instructor consent.

    MA-145: Insurance & Health Information Management

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduces the medical assisting students to learn practical applications of billing medical insurance both manually and electronically. The course is designed to instruct the student in all phases of billing and insurance procedures and entry-level electronic health record software for the management of medical records. Corequisites: BI-120 and MA-112. Prerequisite: Pass MA-110. Restricted: Medical Assistant students only. Required: Instructor consent.


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