Medical Assisting

43 credit Diploma program

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Program Description:
The Medical Assistant program is a 43 semester credit diploma program that prepares students for work in ambulatory care or medical office settings. The medical assistant is a multi-skilled professional with abilities in clinical, laboratory, and secretarial areas. This program includes course work in communication, anatomy and physiology, medical office, laboratory, and clinical skills.

Program Accreditation:
The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Program outcomes include:
• Comply with safety and compliance procedures and policies.
• Demonstrate organized work skills resulting in efficient time and material management and utilization.
• Employ quality assurance techniques to monitor procedures, equipment, and competency.
• Demonstrate specimen collection and processing practices employed in the medical assistant profession.
• Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.
• Perform mathematical functions required by medical assistants in medication preparation.
• Perform information processing functions in the ambulatory care environment to include Electronic Medical Record functions.
• Communicate verbally and in written format with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
• Perform administrative and clinical procedures according to standard operating procedures.
• Relate basic biologic, ethical, legal, and sociological principles to clinical facility and patient situations.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
ALTH14401Medical Ethics and LawThis course will introduce health occupation students to basic ethical principles, codes of ethics, bioethics, and laws that govern the behaviors of health care workers today. (Prerequisites: READ0465) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
COMM11003Introduction to CommunicationThis course introduces students to the concepts, models, and theories of human communication and their application to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking situations. MTC goal areas: (1) Communication (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
FYE10001Student Success SeminarThis course is mandatory* for students in their first semester of college who are taking READ 0455 or READ 0465 or ENGL 0450 or ENGL 0460 and/or are pursuing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Fine Arts degree at Lake Superior College. *Exemptions: *Students who have earned 12 credits including an Introduction to College course and are in good standing (2.0 GPA and 67% credit completion). *Students who have earned 24 college credits post high school and are in good academic standing (2.0 GPA and 67% credit completion).
FYE10001Student Success SeminarThis course is mandatory* for students in their first semester at Lake Superior College. It provides a foundation for students to make a successful transition to college by: (1) creating a connection to the college community and resources, (2) introducing tools for academic success, and (3) developing personal, academic, and career goals. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT) *Exemptions: - Students who have not declared a degree or diploma - Students who are in a certificate or diploma program of fewer than 37 credits - Students in good academic standing who have earned 12 credits including an Introduction to College course - Students in good academic standing who have earned 24 college credits post high school
MEDA14053Medical Assistant Administrative ProceduresThis course introduces the medical assistant student to the administrative skills routinely performed in an ambulatory care setting including: scheduling appointments, registering patients, preparing medical records and documenting information. Basic legal concepts including patient privacy, informed consent, confidentiality, breach of contract, and negligence are emphasized. Students also learn about and demonstrate skills in basic bookkeeping, accounting, insurance claims, and billing and coding. Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized during the performance of the administrative skills. (Prerequisites: ADSC1715 or instructor's consent.) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MEDA14053Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures IThis course introduces the medical assistant student to the administrative skills routinely performed in an ambulatory care setting including: scheduling appointments, registering patients; basic legal concepts including patient privacy, informed consent, and confidentiality. Students will discover their roles and responsibilities as a member of a healthcare team. Students will understand a variety of ways in which patients may communicate in the medical office. Telecommunication, computer skills, use of the internet and use of office equipment will be covered. Documentation, filing, and paper medical records will be taught. (Prerequisites: ADSC1430, ALTH1410 and BIOL1000; READ0465, ENGL0460 and MATH 0450 all with a "C" or better or appropriate placement test scores.) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MEDA14063Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures IIThis course builds upon the knowledge and skills covered in Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures I. Students will cover medical office practice management with a focus on banking and accounting procedures, preparing and processing health insurance claims, patient accounts and billing. In addition, the course will cover the patient electronic health record. The focus will be on the Electronic Medical Record and utilization of a total practice management system. (Prerequisites: MEDA1405) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MEDA14101Medical Assistant Professionalism and Safety in HealthcareThis course includes basic OSHA safety standards, hazard communication, bloodborne pathogens, and the role of regulatory agencies in the ambulatory care and laboratory setting. Emergency preparedness is also covered including the identification of community resources. This course prepares students for a career as a medical assistant in the areas of professionalism: employment, leadership, and career development. (Prerequisites: ADSC1430, ALTH1410 and BIOL1000; READ0465, ENGL0460 and MATH 0450 all with a "C" or better or appropriate placement test scores and acceptance into the Medical Assistant Program) (1 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MEDA15052Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures IThis course introduces the Medical Assistant student to clinical client care concepts and skills used in the medical office setting. This course includes the study of the role of the medical assistant, client developmental stages, body mechanics, safe client handling and positioning for routine and specialty examinations, screening tests (i.e., vision), instrument disinfection and sterilization, obtaining vital signs, aseptic technique and obtaining a medical history. (Prerequisites: All first semester Medical Assistant program planner courses, or instructor consent) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MEDA15063Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures IIThis course builds on the skills introduced in Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures I and includes new information and skills on: nutrition, minor surgical procedures and sterile field preparation, collection of wound cultures, removal of sutures and staples, medication administration and catheterization of female patients. (Prerequisites: All first semester Medical Assistant program planner courses, or instructor consent) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MEDA15102Pharmacology and Math for Medical AssistantsThe objective of this course is to introduce the study of medication and their uses in the ambulatory care setting. Basic mathematics in relation to calculation of dosages will be taught. This course develops the students awareness of basic pharmacological concepts. It teaches the medical assistant how to calculate medication dosages and perform conversions between measurement systems. Drug information sources, drug standards and laws, cautions, interactions, and patient education will be covered. (Prerequisites: All first semester Medical Assistant program planner courses, or instructor consent) (2 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MEDA15121Electrocardiography/Pulmonary Function Testing for Medical AssistantsThis course teaches electrocardiography, which includes understanding cardiac anatomy and physiology, and basic hearth rhythms. The student learns how to perform a 12-lead ECG while working in a simulated laboratory setting. Students will utilize peak flow meters and educate patients on pulmonary function testing and spirometry. (Prerequisites: All first semester Medical Assistant program planner courses, or instructor consent) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MEDA24174Medical Assistant InternshipThis course provides the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes learned through the Medical Assistant program in a medical clinic setting. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all program academic course work, completed medical history and physical, current immunizations and background check) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/12 hrs OJT)
MEDA24201Medical Assistant Certification Exam ReviewThis course will be a review to prepare the student to sit for the national certification examination. The course will include a review of theory learning in the classroom, including administration, clinical and laboratory skills. The student will be expected to study outside of the class to prepare for this exam. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all pre-technical and Medical Assistant semester I and II coursework) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MLTN15183Medical Laboratory ProceduresThis course begins with an introduction to the clinical lab setting, safety and emergency review and practice, basic math, measurement systems and units, and quality control and quality assurance. A large portion of the course focuses on Point of Care Testing (POC), also known as Waived Testing and includes foundational knowledge about conditions in which a health care provider might order the various POC tests. Continued focus on safety, specimen collection, and quality assurance (preanalytic, analytic, and postanalytic concerns) include: hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, coagulation, transfusion services, immunology/serology, and microbiology. Introduction of the student to instrument preventive maintenance and laboratory records required by CLIA, TJC, and other regulatory bodies completes the content of the course. (Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Medical Assistant program) (2 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MLTN15721Phlebotomy Skills for Health ProfessionalsThis course is designed to teach health care providers about the equipment, supplies and skills needed to collect blood from patients. Both dermal (capillary) puncture and venipuncture techniques are addressed in detail. (Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in the Medical Assistant Program; READ0465, ENGL0460 and MATH 0450 all with a "C" or better or appropriate placement test scores.) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MLTN15721Phlebotomy Skills for Health ProfessionalsThis course is designed to teach health care providers about the equipment, safe and effective procedures and skills necessary to collect blood from patients. (Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Medical Laboratory Technician program or instructor's consent) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
PSYC11353Lifespan Developmental PsychologyA scientific, theoretical, and personal examination of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development across the life span. MTC goal areas: (5) History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and (7) Human Diversity. (Prerequisites: PSYC1120 highly recommended; college-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT14152X-ray Operations for Allied HealthThis course provides basic information and knowledge of the science and art of radiography. It is intended for non-radiologic health care majors or professionals to aid in preparation for state x-ray operator licensure. (Prerequisites: Enrollment in an Allied Health program or instructor's consent) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Mathematics:
• A score of 36 or higher on the Elementary Algebra Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of MATH0450 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, MATH0450 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Required Pre-technical Course:
ADSC1430 Microsoft Office 3.00
ALTH1410 Medical Terminology 1.00
BIOL1000 Human Body in Health and Disease 5.00

Current certification in American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid is required prior to beginning the Medical Assistant Internship (MEDA2417). Current certification needs to be documented in the student file prior to beginning the clinical internship. ALTH1430 will satisfy this requirement. Background study approval is required from the State of Minnesota and/or Wisconsin.

Electives:
Communications Elective 3.00 (COMM1105 or ENGL1106 may be substituted for COMM1100)