Medical Assistant

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This technology-intensive program provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of medical assisting without the general education requirements of an associate’s degree. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a medical assistant in ambulatory healthcare settings; provides hands-on experience performing both clinical procedures and administrative procedures in a medical office. This program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Curriculum documents
For a list of required courses, download the Medical Assistant program description from our official academic catalog, or contact this program’s coordinator for specific recommended course sequencing. Classes include:

BIO 194 Comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology – 4 credits

A one semester survey of human anatomy and physiology. Students learn basic concepts of chemistry and cytology in order to understand human systems as well as the structure and function of organs, organ systems and their interactions. This course may involve dissection. NOTE: Students may receive credit for only one of the following: BIO 105 or BIO 107 or BIO 117 or BIO 194 or BIO 215 (BIO 195). Students may receive credit for BIO 106 or BIO 216 (BIO 196), but not for both.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

BIO 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 credits

A second semester of a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, including endocrinology, blood, cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, lymphatic system, immunity, respiratory anatomy and physiology, digestive anatomy and physiology, metabolism, urinary anatomy and physiology, fluid dynamics, reproductive anatomy and physiology, genetics, and development. This is a Lab course that may require animal tissue dissection. NOTE: Students may receive credit for BIO 106 or BIO 216 (BIO 196), but not for both.

(Offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer)Prereq: BIO 126 with a grade of C or better or a college level equivalent within the last ten years with a grade of C or better and one of the following: BIO 215 (BIO 195) or BIO 117, or a grade of B or better within the past 5 years in BIO 194; ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090); MAT 096 (MAT 106), or satisfactory placement test scores. Recomm: MAT 107

BUS 102 Career Planning and Job Search Skills – 1 credit

Introduces students to concepts and tools necessary for developing and implementing a personal education and career plan and effective job search strategies. Special Requirement: Field Trips. Students assume any travel costs.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090, ENG 094 (COL 090) or satisfactory placement test scores. Recomm: CIS 140 or concurrent enrollment in CIS 140.

MAC 101 Fundamentals of Medical Assisting – 3 credits

An introduction to both the theory and practical skills necessary to assist the physician with clinical and administrative procedures. Students explore the role of the professional medical assistant, the healthcare team, the history of the profession, and credentialing requirements. Course topics include how to obtain patient histories, assist with the physical exam, interpret and report vital signs, collect specimens, and document procedures, as well as intercultural differences, the roles played by verbal and non-verbal communication, professional boundaries in the context of providing patient care, and the impact of law on health care.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090, ENG 094, MAT 090 or MAT 090S or satisfactory test scores. Recomm: CIS 140 or concurrent enrollment in CIS 140.

MAC 103 Medical Office Procedures – 3 credits

An introduction to the procedures common to medical office work, including modern office technology, appointment scheduling, billing, insurance and collection, basic accounting, patient reception and processing, customer-service oriented communication, and the use of electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Course topics include managed care policies and procedures, third-party guidelines, patient care ethics, administrative laws such as Health Insurance Portability abd Accountability Act (HIPPA), and the developmental of interpersonal communication and organizational skills to work professionally in a medical office.

(Offered: Every Spring)Prereq: MAT 090 or MAT 090S or satisfactory placement test scores; BIO 194 or BIO 216 (BIO 196), with a C or better, within the last 5 years; CIS 096 or complete the MAC Keyboarding Proficiency Test at the GCC Testing Center with a score of 35 words per minute and with three or fewer errors using the best of three attempts. Recomm: CIS140; ENG 101, 103 or 105.

MAC 105 Clinical Procedures – 3 credits

An introduction to the knowledge and clinical procedures performed by medical assistants, including sterilization, infectious agents and infection control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-required safety precautions, personal protective equipment (PPE), forms of asepsis, quality control and handling of microbiological specimens, use of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived tests, precautions taken with regard to body fluids, and the role of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations in the healthcare setting.

(Offered: Every Fall)Prereq: MAT 090 or MAT 090S or satisfactory placement test scores; BIO 194 or BIO 216 (BIO 196), with a C or better, within the last 5 years, or concurrent enrollment in BIO 194 or BIO 216 (BIO 196). Recomm: CIS 140; ENG 101, 103, or 105.

MAC 111 Pharmacology for Medical Assistants – 2 credits

Provides an overview of the pharmacological language, symbols, and abbreviations used to interpret prescriptions, as well as the system of measurements and conversions used to calculate medication dosages. Students learn to prepare, verify and administer doses via oral and parenteral routes. Topics include drug classification, interactions, forms of medication, safety protocols, and the recording, interpretation and analysis of normal and abnormal lab test results. Students receive information appropriate to the Medical Assistant occupation regarding the most commonly prescribed drugs, compliance with drug regulations, quality control of prescription requests, and how to maintain professionalism when communicating with patients and healthcare professionals.

(Offered: Every Spring)Prereq: MAT 095 (MAT 105) or satisfactory placement test scores; BIO 194 or BIO 216 (BIO 196) with a C or better, within the last 5 years.

MAC 271 Medical Assistant Practicum – 4 credits

Provides students with fieldwork, competency training, and skill-building through directed and closely supervised participation in a mixed medical clinical and office setting. Students practice their acquired skills through professionally supervised individual and/or group-focused opportunities for involvement. Students write weekly journal entries documenting and discussing the experience, followed by a final reflective paper at the end of the semester. This course requires completion of 160 hours of supervised, unpaid, clinical practice at a work site. Special Requirement: Enrollment requires permission of the MAC program coordinator. Refer to the MAC program page in the catalog for additional requirements which include time-sensitive additional health requirements, CPR certification, costs associated with these, and costs for transportation to and from the work site. The required CPR certification that must be kept current is the American Heart Association Health Care Provider Level, (infant, child, and adult).

(Offered: Every Spring)Prereq: BIO 194 or BIO 216 (BIO 196) with a C or better within the last 5 years; HSC 101, MAC 101, MAC 105, and MOM 110. Recomm: CIS 140; ENG 101, 103, or 105.

MOM 110 Medical Terminology – 3 credits

Provides students with an understanding of medical language and a foundation to recognize medical terms in context. The course emphasizes improving written and oral communication skills pertaining to medical terminology and using electronic research to build health informatics skills. Topics include basic anatomical and physiological terms, including those used in disease and surgical and diagnostic procedures. NOTE: Students may receive credit for MOM 110 or ADM 122, but not for both.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog. Find courses

What’s next

Upon graduation from the program, the medical assistant will be prepared in patient care skills, phlebotomy, and electrocardiography (EKG). They may then seek entry-level work in a medical office or ambulatory healthcare setting and sit for a certification exam, such as the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) given by the  National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

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