Course List - Riverland

Medical Assistant


Pre-Program Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED (high school students may enroll under the PSEO Program).
  • Accuplacer Competency (additional coursework may be required if minimum competencies are not demonstrated):
    • Reading/English: cut score of 63 or completion (with a grade of C or better) of ENGL0950, 0960, or 1101
    • Math: students must score at least 51 on the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test or obtain a C or better in MATH0660
  • Must pass a Criminal Background Study
  • Up to date on all immunizations including Hepatitis B, varicella, Influenza, and practicum facility requirements
  • Medical Assistant students must successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) in each course of the program plan in order to be awarded the Medical Assistant diploma. 

Riverland Community College's Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).


Required Core Courses (36 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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Medical Office Procedures

This course introduces a variety of medical office career information, medical ethics, and professional liability. Topics include medical receptionist tasks, working with patient files, medical records and billing, and medical insurance.  Medical office procedures pertaining to receptionist tasks and patient medical record management will be studied.  This course will also cover the integration of several office tasks:  meeting and travel arrangements, patient scheduling, telephone messages, mail handling, etc.  Filing techniques and rules are also studied.  This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Medical Administrative Assistant degree which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is part of the Medical Assistant Program which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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Medical Accounts Management

This course is a continuation of Medical Office Procedures.  The course reviews career options, office skills, medicolegal issues, and patient confidentiality.   Medical accounts management pertains to patient billing, medical insurance including procedural and diagnostic codes, and office management.  These functions will be studied as they pertain to the medical office.  A medical software package is used to complete simulated patient billing, including an understanding of governmental and private third-party payers. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Medical Administrative Assistant degree which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is also part of the Medical Assistant Program which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).  Prerequisites:  BUSO 1663 (Medical Administrative Assistant – AAS and Diploma Programs) or HCCC 1400 (Medical Assistant Program)  (3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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Math for Allied Health Professionals

This course prepares allied health students for advanced study in dosage calculations, medication administration, and mathematics for pharmacology. Topics covered include basic math review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages; English/household and metric systems of measurement; conversions between measurement systems and their equivalents; and a brief introduction to calculating dosages of non-parenteral medications. Prerequisites: Accuplacer Elementary Algebra passing score; or completion of Basic Math, MATH0660, MATH 0670, or college level Math; or qualifying ACT, SAT or MCA assessment scores. (1 Cr – 0 lect, 1 lab)

Body Structure, Function & Applied Terminology
Disease Conditions
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AHA CPR and First Aid Certification

This course includes instruction of adult, child, and infant for rescue breathing, airway obstruction, and one and two man Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and standard first aid. Topics covered are: obstructed airway, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, injuries (soft and hard tissue), bleeding, emergencies, splinting, and sudden illness. Students will be instructed to use breathing devices, specifically the pocket mask and the bag-valve mask. This course is certified by the American Heart Association. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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Medical Law and Ethics

This course introduces medical assistant students to basic laws and ethical principles that govern the practice and behaviors of healthcare workers. Students will differentiate between scope of practice and standard of care for medical assistants, compare and contrast provider roles in ambulatory care, compare criminal and civil law as they apply to the practicing medical assistant, define medical legal terminology, explore patient rights in healthcare, and will learn about compliance reporting and public health statutes. Students will identify the effect of personal morals on professional performance and will develop a plan for separation of personal and professional ethics. Prerequisites: Admittance into the MA or PHLEB program.

(2 Cr – 2 lect 0 lab)

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Clinical Procedures for Medical Assistants

This course is the clinical core curriculum for medical assistant students. The fundamentals of the clinical aspect of medical assisting and performance of basic clinical skills are covered. The student performs specific skills related to the areas of study listed below. The basic principles of respiratory diagnostic testing, radiology, and emergency preparedness are also covered.  Prerequisites:  Admittance into the Medical Assistant program and successful completion (with Grade of C or better) of HCCC1250 Body Structure, Function, and Applied Terminology; MEDA1301 Laboratory Procedures; and MEDA1330 Electrocardiography.

(8 Cr – 5 lect, 3 lab)

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Laboratory Procedures

This course provides the fundamentals of laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, and point-of-care test testing for medical assistant and phlebotomy students. The student performs waived testing according to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) guidelines.  Prerequisites: Admittance to the Medical Assistant or Phlebotomy Technician program.

(4 Cr – 2 lect, 2 lab)

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This course introduces the fundamentals of electrocardiography, which includes cardiac anatomy and physiology, the components of the cardiac cycle, and basic heart rhythms.  The student learns how to perform a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) while working in a simulated laboratory setting. The course is targeted to medical assistant and phlebotomy students, allied health students, and current health care workers desiring to gain or update their skills in electrocardiography.  Co-requisites: Admittance into the MA or PHLEB program and HCCC1250 (or permission from instructor).

(1 Cr – 1 lect 0 lab)

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Medication Administration for Medical Assistants

This course combines the principles of dosage calculations, medication administration, and introduces the medical assistant student to pharmacological concepts, drug classifications, and the effects of drugs on patients. Principles of safe and accurate administration of medications by various routes are emphasized. An emphasis is placed on mastering math skills necessary for administration of medications and conversions between English, metric, and household systems. The student is introduced to reading, interpreting, and calculating oral and parenteral dosages of medications.  Classroom and laboratory simulations are used to teach basic methods of safe drug administration.  Prerequisites: HCCC1000 Math for Allied Health Professionals.

(2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)

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Medical Assistant Practicum

This course is for the medical assistant student who has successfully completed all other Medical Assistant Program requirements. The course focuses on the role of the medical assistant in relation to the following areas: medical practices, community resources, patient education, teamwork, customer relations and leadership skills in the clinical environment. The course is designed to provide on-the-job experience. The student is assigned to work in a physician’s office for a total of 4 semester credits (minimum of 160 hours). The student will work under the supervision of office personnel performing tasks pertinent to the student’s technical program. Prerequisites:  successful completion of all other Medical Assistant Program coursework. 

4 Cr –internship (minimum 160 hours)


Electives (3 credits optional)

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X-ray Operations for Allied Health (optional)

This course introduces the allied health professional to basic x-ray operations, patient care, radiation safety, and production of quality images. The student is introduced to the role of the limited x-ray machine operator in the health care environment. The limited x-ray machine operator (LXMO) is an individual other than a radiologic technologist who performs diagnostic x-ray procedures on selected anatomical sites. The course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures within a limited scope of practice. Consideration is given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Medical Assistant or Practical Nursing curriculum or permission of instructor. 3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab


Last Updated: May 5, 2017