Course Sequence - Riverland

Medical Assistant

Semester 1 - Fall (15 Credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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CCLS1000
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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BUSO1663
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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BUSO2655
Introduction to Electronic Health Records

This course studies new trends in management and processing of health information with emphasis on the electronic health record (EHR). It covers the definition, benefits, standards, functionality, confidentiality, security, and impact of the EHR in the healthcare environment. The student explores implementation of the EHR including the required infrastructure, project management techniques, information technology systems, workflow processes and redesign in various healthcare settings. There is discussion of legal issues created by the implementation of the EHR.  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).   Prerequisite:  BUSO1668 and BUSO 1663 

(2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 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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MEDA1250
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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MEDA1301
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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Semester 2 - Spring (15 Credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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BUSO1664
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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MEDA1270
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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MEDA1150
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 is 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; (7 Cr – 4 lect, 3 lab)

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MEDA1355
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.

(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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Semester 3 - Summer (6 credits)

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MEDA1500
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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Last Updated: September 14, 2020