Medical Assistant The Medical Assistant Program application process for the 2014-15 academic year is now closed. 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). Learn more about our Medical Assistant certificate Course DescriptionsSchedule of Classes 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 | 2 - credits ] Focus of this course is to demonstrate appropriate blood specimen procurement techniques using vacutainer, syringe, 'winged infusion'/butterfly with syringe and capillary puncture methods. Other specifics of the blood specimen testing requirements, such as collection into the correct evacuated tube (additive), specimen handling procedures, and collection documentation are also covered; while assuring safe, confidential and professional environment for the patient, and as the phlebotomy technician. Prerequisites: Pass MA-116, MA-117, MA-118, MTH-054. Corequisite: MA-121. Required: For Medical Assistant students by 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 Lab Procedures I [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ] This course, along with MA-121, is designed to instill a basic understanding of simple, common laboratory terminology and procedures used in a general medical once laboratory to aid the physician in the diagnosis of disease. Laboratory safety, the prevention of blood born disease transmission and scope of practice will be emphasized. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisites: Pass MA-110, MA-112 and MA-145. Corequisites: MA-116, MA-118 and MTH-054. MA-118: Examination Room Techniques [ Winter Term | 4 - credits ] Fundamental ambulatory care, exam room procedures and techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on fundamental principles, diagnostic testing, patient care, documentation and general (trans disciplinary) competencies including an overview of the equipment used for medication administration and the techniques for oral and parenteral medication administration (excluding IV). Prerequisites: Pass BI-120, BI-112 or BI-102, MA-110, MA-112 and MA-145. Corequisites: MA-116, MA-117 and MTH-054. Required: Instructor consent. Student must be enrolled in 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 Lab Procedures II [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ] Designed to instill a basic understanding of simple, common laboratory terminology and procedures used in a genearl 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. Required: Instructor consent. Enrolled in the Medical Assistant program. Prerequisite: Pass MA-117. 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.