Medical Assisting (MEDA)

Classes

MEDA 105: Introduction to Medical Assisting

Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture
Description

This course provides an introduction to medical assisting. The course focuses on the concepts of effective communication and protective practices related to health and safety to prevent illness and injury. Basic nutritional concepts and therapeutic diets will also be discussed.

Prerequisites

Admission into the Medical Assisting program.

Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Distinguish between the components of a normal diet and various therapeutic diets.
  2. Describe the role of the medical assistant in various health care settings.
  3. Describe how to apply health and safety policies and procedures to prevent illness and injury.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

MEDA 120: Clinical Medical Assisting I

Credits 2 Class Hours2 lecture
Description

This course introduces the basic clinical skills and procedures required to function as a medical assistant. Topics include integrated clinical procedures, and assisting with specialty exams and procedures.

Prerequisites

Admission into the Medical Assisting program.

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Describe infection control procedures and medical asepsis.
  2. Describe communication techniques used to obtain a client history and document accurately.
  3. Discuss how to complete client screening and obtain vital signs.
  4. Discuss types of specialty examinations and procedures used in medical offices.

MEDA 120L: Clinical Medical Assisting I Lab

Credits 1 Class Hours3 lab
Description

This course enables students to apply basic clinical skills during client screening and procedures required to function as a medical assistant.

Prerequisites

Admission into the Medical Assisting program. 

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Apply critical thinking skills when performing client assessment and care.
  2. Demonstrate and maintain effective infection control and medical asepsis.
  3. Perform client screening and obtain vitals signs.
  4. Prepare clients for specialty examinations and procedures.
  5. Use effective communication techniques to obtain a client history and document accurately.

MEDA 123: Clinical Medical Assisting II

Credits 2 Class Hours2 lecture
Description

This course introduces basic specimen collection techniques including the preparation and examination of samples for diagnostic purposes. Advanced techniques and procedures for specialty examinations in the ambulatory care setting will also be included.

Prerequisites

“C” or higher in MEDA 120 and MEDA 176.

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Spring
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Describe specimen collection and selected office based tests.
  2. Describe the preparation of clients for advanced specialty examinations and procedures.
  3. Discuss client education related to office based tests and speciality examinations and procedures.
  4. Describe selected advanced specialty examinations and procedures.

MEDA 123L: Clinical Medical Assisting II Lab

Credits 1 Class Hours3 lab
Description

This course applies basic specimen collection techniques to the preparation and examination of samples for office-based testing purposes. Application of advanced techniques and procedures for specialty examinations in the ambulatory care setting will also be included.

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in MEDA 120 and MEDA 176. 

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Spring
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Perform specimen collection and selected office based tests.
  2. Demonstrate preparation of clients for advanced specialty examinations and procedures.
  3. Demonstrate selected advanced specialty examinations and procedures.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of client's concerns in relation to office based tests, specialty examinations and procedures.

MEDA 143: Administrative Medical Assisting I

Credits 2 Class Hours2 lecture
Description

This course introduces basic concepts of administrative medical assisting including client scheduling, medical office financial practices, and medical insurance. Communication and confidentiality in relation to administrative duties will also be discussed.

Prerequisites

Admission into the Medical Assisting program.

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Describe daily financial practices in the medical office including medical insurance and billing options.
  2. Describe standard privacy and confidentiality practices within the medical office.
  3. Identify the components of electronic technology used in healthcare communication and delivery.
  4. Describe the components of professional written documentation and effective telephone communication skills.
  5. Explain medical appointment scheduling.

MEDA 143L: Administrative Medical Assisting I Lab

Credits 1 Class Hours3 lab
Description

This course introduces the administrative skills and procedures required to function as a medical assistant. Students will apply administrative medical assisting skills in the lab and clinical setting related to client scheduling, maintaining of client records, communication, and medical insurance.

Prerequisites

Admission into the Medical Assisting program. 

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Demonstrate effective telephone communication skills.
  2. Produce professional written work products.
  3. Integrate standard confidentiality practices effectively within administrative duties.
  4. Demonstrate medical appointment scheduling.

MEDA 150: Medical Assisting Science

Credits 4 Class Hours4 lecture
Description

This course covers basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology, characteristics of disease processes, etiology, treatment methods, and pathophysiology of selected diseases from major body systems including related medical terminology. The application of disease related principles to the function of Medical Assisting practice will also be discussed.

Prerequisites

Admission into the Medical Assisting program. Approval of instructor.

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Describe diagnostic methods and methods of treatment for diseases from major body systems.
  2. Identify CLIA waived tests used in Medical Assisting Practice associated with common diseases.
  3. Utilize medical terminology to describe etiology, signs, symptoms and characteristics of major diseases.
  4. Identify the etiology, signs, symptoms and characteristics of selected diseases from major body systems.
  5. Identify basic anatomy and physiology of selected major body systems.

MEDA 165: Administrative Medical Assisting II

Credits 2 Class Hours2 lecture
Description

This course focuses on the concepts of administrative medical assisting including medical office procedural and diagnostic coding, billing, insurance claims processes, and medical office management.

Prerequisites

“C” or higher in MEDA 143.

Semester Offered Spring
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Demonstrate professional communication when dealing with insurance and billing issues.
  2. Explain medical office billing and claims systems.
  3. Apply managed care policies and procedures.
  4. Perform basic medical office procedural and diagnostic coding.
  5. Apply standard confidentiality practices effectively within administrative duties.
  6. Apply medical office management principles.

MEDA 176: Administration of Medications

Credits 2 Class Hours2 lecture
Description

This course will provide an introduction to basic pharmacology and medication administration. Students will learn the basic classification of medications, administration techniques and use applied mathematics to safely prepare and administer medications in a medical office setting.

 

Prerequisites

Admission into the Medical Assisting program.

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Use mathematical principles in the dosage calculation of medications.
  2. Describe the techniques used to safely administer medications.
  3. Identify the general classifications of medications, desired effects, side effects, and adverse reactions.

MEDA 176L: Administration of Medications Lab

Credits 1 Class Hours3 lab
Description

This course will provide instruction on medication administration. Students will use applied mathematics and clinical techniques to safely prepare and administer medications in a medical office setting.

Prerequisites

Admission into the Medical Assisting program. 

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Prepare and administer medications safely via selected routes in simulated lab situations.
  2. Apply mathematical principles in the calculation and preparation of medications in simulated lab situations.

MEDA 201: Medical Law and Ethics

Credits 2 Class Hours2 lecture
Description

This course focuses on legal and ethical responsibilities in patient care and management: laws pertaining to medical practice and medical assistants, application of medical ethics in performance of duties.

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in MEDA 105, MEDA 143, and MEDA 150.

Semester Offered Spring
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Apply legal and ethical laws and principles to healthcare situations in the role of a Medical Assistant.
  2. Demonstrate sensitivity and professionalism when dealing with legal and ethical healthcare situations.
  3. Utilize medical legal concepts to analyze legal and ethical healthcare situations in the role of Medical Assistant.
  4. Develop a plan for separation of personal and professional ethics within Medical Assistant practice.

MEDA 205: Medical Assisting Certification Review

Credits 1 Class Hours1 lecture
Description

This course focuses on reviewing medical assisting concepts in preparation for a medical assistant certification exam. Certification test taking skills and preparation will also be discussed.

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in MEDA 143, MEDA 120, and MEDA 176 or approval of instructor.

Semester Offered Spring
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Identify effective communication techniques for patients and members of the healthcare team.
  2. Discuss ethical and legal behavior to maintain patient safety and confidentiality.
  3. Explain medical office clinical and administrative procedures.
  4. Describe the human body in health and illness using medical terminology.

MEDA 220: Medical Assisting Preceptorship

Credits 4 Class Hours12 lab
Description

This course will provide students with supervised clinical experience and the opportunity to integrate medical assisting skills into a real life setting. Clinical experiences will take place in medical offices with an assigned preceptor.

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in MEDA 120 and MEDA 176. 

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Spring
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Integrate ethical and legal behavior into clinical and administrative skills in a medical office.
  2. Integrate financial practices into clinical and administrative skills in a medical office.
  3. Perform entry level medical assisting skills safely and effectively.
  4. Integrate effective communication into clinical and administrative skills in a medical office.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to think critically when providing clinical and administrative skills in a medical office.