Course List - Riverland

Medical Assistant

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).

Course list effective Fall 2021


  Course # Course Name Credits  
Must achieve cut score of 250 on Next Gen – English (or equivalent)
Must achieve cut score of 243 on Next Gen – Arithmetic (or equivalent)
High School diploma or GED (high school students may enroll under the PSEO Program).
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.

Required Courses

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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Body Structure, Function & Applied Terminology

This is a one semester introductory course designed for allied health students exploring allied health professions to develop a basic understanding of body structure and function with pertinent medical terminology. The course presents the body's anatomy and physiology in health and disease introducing and reinforcing applicable medical terminology.

       (4 Cr: 4 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 the performance of basic clinical skills are covered. Prerequisites: MEDA 1250
(7 Cr – 4 lect, 3 lab)

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Disease Conditions

This course is a one semester introductory course designed for students exploring allied health professions to develop a basic understanding of the principles of disease and the study of disease by body system.  Signs, symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of each disease are explored; and prevention of disease is emphasized.  Prerequisite:  MEDA 1250. 

(2 Cr lect)

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First Year Experience

This course introduces proven strategies and applications to help students achieve greater success in college and in life.  Topics include, but are not limited to, time management, goal setting, learning strategies, critical thinking, communication skills, diversity awareness, health and wellness, college and community resources, and financial planning.  This course introduces students to making choices that promote responsibility, motivation, interdependence, and self-awareness.  Recommended:  Score of 52 or above on test Accuplacer Reading Comprehension.
(1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 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 students. This course introduces the fundamentals of electrocardiography, which includes cardiac anatomy and physiology, the components of the cardiac cycle, and basic heart rhythms. This course also introduces medical assistant students to basic laws and ethical principles that govern the practice and behaviors of healthcare workers. Prerequisites: Admittance to the Medical Assistant program.
(4 Cr – 2 lect, 2 lab)

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MEDA 1230
Math for Allied Health Professionals

This course prepares Allied Health students for advanced study in dosage calculations, medication administration, and mathematics for pharmacology. Prerequisites for this course: Next Gen arithmetic qualifying cut score, or equivalent score / course. 

(1 Cr: 0 lect 1 lab)

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Medical Assistant Business Practices I

This course focuses on administrative functions. Students will learn how to make appointments, manage and file medical records, along with maintaining administrative equipment. Students will also learn the concepts of effective communication. Prerequisites: Admittance into the Medical Assistant Program.
(4 Cr – 4 lect, 0 lab)

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Medical Assistant Business Practices II

This course focuses on finances, reimbursement, and coding for Medical Assistants. Prerequisites: MEDA 1280
(4 Cr – 4 lect, 0 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 6 semester credits (minimum of 192 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.

6 Cr – Internship (minimum 192 hours)

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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: MEDA 1230
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)


Last Updated: January 11, 2021