The Medical Assistant certificate program prepares students for employment in health care offices including primary care and specialty physicians' offices, ambulatory care, and urgent care facilities.
||Fundamentals of Health Care
AHS 100. Fundamentals of Health Care (3). Overview of current U.S. health care delivery systems and professions including behaviors for success, customer service, and quality improvement. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.
1. Historical and future trends in health care.
2. Ethical and legal issues.
3. Verbal and written communication skills.
4. Environmental safety and health considerations
5. Professional responsibilities.
6. Stages of growth and development.
7. Careers and continuing education.
8. Patients' emotional reactions to illness.
9. Job preparedness.
10. Healthcare reimbursement.
11. Quality improvement.
1. Identify legal and ethical issues in the health care setting. (2)
2. Explain the role of the health care worker within the medical system. (1, 5,7)
3. Utilize communication skills with patients and other health care team members. (3, 5)
4. Describe trends in health care and their effects on client care. (1)
5. Employ environmental safety and health procedures. (4)
6. Describe the basic milestones for each developmental stage. (6)
7. Describe patients' emotional reactions to illness. (8)
8. Prepare a resume and employment application. (7,9)
9. Identify different types of healthcare reimbursement. (10)
10. Describe the elements of quality assessment and performance improvement program. (11)
AHS 103. Phlebotomy (3). Theory and practice of basic phlebotomy and specimen processing including laboratory tests, equipment, procedures, ethics, safety, legal issues and quality assurance. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Two lecture. Three lab.
2. Ethics and safety
3. Legal implications
4. Anatomy and physiology of the hand and arm
5. Quality assurance methods
6. Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
7. Universal precautions
9. Equipment and supplies
10. Documentation in the clinical laboratory
11. Body systems and corresponding laboratory test
1. Define basic terms and codes related to phlebotomy and laboratory testing. (1)
2. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the hand and arm. (4)
3. Describe how phlebotomy is affected by privacy laws and law enforcement. (3)
4. Collect blood specimens by venipuncture adhering to OSHA guidelines and lab safety in produres. (2,5,7,8)
5. Maintain and inventory of equipment and supplies for collecting blood specimens. (9,10)
6. Explain how CLIA and HIPAA regulations affect phlebotomy practices. (2,3,6)
7. Describe reporting requirements for adverse phlebotomy. (3,5,10)
8. Describe and apply standard universal precautions. (2,7,8)
9. State the purpose of specific laboratory tests. (11)
||Foundations of Med Assisting I
AHS 120. Foundations of Medical Assisting I (3). Introduction to the role of the Medical Assistant. Preparation for work in a medical office including legal aspects, communication, customer service and records management. Prerequisite: AHS 100, AHS 103, AHS 130 and BIO 160. Three lecture.
1. Legal aspects of health care
2. Infection control and asepsis principles
3. Basic psychology principles
4. Customer and patient relations
5. Verbal and nonverbal communications
6. Emotional reactions to illness
7. Medical office administrative functions
8. Medical records management
9. Medical office emergencies
10. Basic nutrition and therapeutic diets.
11. Outpatient coding
1. Identify legal concerns in the physician's office. (1)
2. Use infection control procedures. (2)
3. Apply basic psychological principles. (3-6)
4. Utilize techniques of customer and patient relations. (3-6)
5. Administrate medical office. (3)
6. Manage medical records. (8)
7. Respond to medical emergencies. (9)
8. Explain basic nutrition principles. (10)
9. Differentiate between diagnostic and procedural coding. (11)
||Foundations of Med Assistng II
AHS 121. Foundations of Medical Assisting II (4). Introduction to patient assessment, diagnostic and surgical procedures, medication administration, and immunizations. Prerequisite: AHS 120, CSA 126, HIM 140 and MAT 100 or higher or satisfactory score on mathematics skills assessment. Three lecture. Three lab.
1. Medical history, patient assessment and examination
2. Minor diagnostic and surgical procedures
3. Specimen collection, processing, testing, and results
4. Aseptic techniques
5. Sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization
7. Diagnostic imaging in the outpatient setting
8. Pharmacology and medications
9. Immunization records
1. Collect patient history and vital signs. (1,2,9)
2. Assist with minor surgical procedures. (2-5)
3. Perform electrocardiography. (2,6)
4. Discuss diagnostic imaging in the outpatient setting. (7)
5. Perform diagnostic and laboratory tests. (2,3,5)
6. Calculate medication dosages and administer medications. (8,9)
||Medical Term for Patient Care
AHS 130. Medical Terminology for Patient Care Staff (3). Medical terminology used in direct patient care, with special care populations and in special services. Building and analyzing terms using work parts. Body-systems approach to terms related to structure and function, pathologies, and diagnostic procedures. Spelling and pronunciation of terms, medical abbreviations and symbols. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.
1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
a. Basic work structure
b. Body as a whole
c. Common combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes
2. Body Systems
e. Clinical procedures
f. Additional suffices, prefixes, combining forms
a. Conception and pregnancy
b. Hormonal interactions
c. Pregnancy and neonatal pathologies
d. Clinical tests and procedures related to obstetrics
e. Additional suffixes, prefixes, combining forms
4. Cancer Medicine (Oncology)
b. Characteristics, classification, grading, and staging of tumors
c. Pathological descriptions
d. Diagnostic, clinical procedures, and treatment terms
e. Additional suffixes, prefixes, combining forms
5. Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
a. X-ray properties, positioning, and techniques
b. Radioactive and radionuclide tests
c. In vitro and in vivo procedures
d. Additional suffixes, prefixes, combining forms
6. Psychiatry/Mental Health
b. Clinical symptoms and disorders
c. Terminology related to treatment
d. Additional suffixes, prefixes, combining forms
1. Divide medical words into their component parts (1a)
2. Define the meaning of basic combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes (1a,c, 2f, 3e, 4e, 5d, 6d)
3. Use combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes to build medical terms (1a,c, 2f, 3e, 4e, 5d, 6d)
4. Identify and define terms pertaining to the body as a whole (1b)
5. Describe positions, directions, and planes of the body (1b)
6. Name the locations and/or structures of body systems (2a)
7. Describe the functions of body systems (2b)
8. Describe disease processes and symptoms that affect body systems (2c)
9. List and explain diagnostic tests and clinical procedures common to different body systems (2d,e)
10. Identify abbreviations common to body systems, pathologies, tests, clinical procedures, and specialty areas (2g, 3f, 4f, 5e, 6e)
11. Explain how female reproductive organs and hormones function in the process of conception and pregnancy. (3a,b)
12. Identify abnormal conditions of the pregnancy and the neonate. (3c)
13. Explain important clinical tests and procedures related to obstetrics (3d)
14. Define terms that describe the growth and spread of cancer. (4a)
15. Recognize terms related to classification, grading and staging of tumors. (4b)
16. Describe oncology pathologies, diagnostics, clinical procedures and treatments (4c,d)
17. Explain terms related to x-ray properties, positioning, and techniques (5a)
18. Define terms used to describe radioactive and radionuclide tests (5b,c)
19. Differentiate between different metal health specialists. (6a)
20. Define terms that describe psychiatric symptoms and disorders. (6b)
21. Describe different psychiatric treatments and common psychiatric drugs. (6c)
||Pharmacology for Allied Hlth
AHS 140. Pharmacology for Allied Health (2). Relationships among anatomy and physiology, disease states, and drugs affecting the endocrine, nervous, respiratory, visual, auditory, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. Overview of psychotropic agents, anti-infectives, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, federal drug laws, drug names and references, vitamins/minerals/herbs, and oncology agents. Prerequisite: AHS 130 and BIO 160 or (BIO 201 and BIO 202). Two lecture.
1. Endocrine system
2. Nervous system
3. Respiratory system
4. Visual and auditory systems
5. Integumentary system
6. Gastrointestinal system
7. Urinary system
8. Cardiovascular system
9. Reproductive system
10. Anti-infective agents
11. Analgesics and anti-inflammatories
12. Vitamins, minerals, and herbs
13. Oncology agents
14. Psychotropic agents
15. Drug laws
16. Drug names and references
1. Identify disease states and disorders of applicable body systems. (1-9)
2. Identify and list medications used to treat disease states and disorders of applicable body systems. (1-14)
3. List the following characteristics of each reviewed medication: indications for use, dosage forms, usual dosage, side effects, interactions with other drugs, storage requirements, generic and trade names, and mechanism of action. (1-14)
4. List types of infections and how they are commonly treated. (10)
5. Explain musculoskeletal pain and inflammation conditions and how they are commonly treated. (11)
6. Describe the sources of vitamins, minerals, and herbs and their common uses in healthcare. (12)
7. Identify pharmaceuticals used to treat various types of cancer. (13)
8. Identify medications used for mental health. (14)
9. Identify federal legal aspects of drug regulation. (15)
10. Search for drug names and basic information via reliable resources. (16)
||Internship: Allied Health Serv 1
AHS 296. Internship: Allied Health Services (3). Supervised field experience with businesses, corporations, government agencies, schools and community organizations to expand career interests and apply subject knowledge relevant to the workplace. Individualized internship placements to develop personal and professional skills, including professional ethics, leadership, and civic responsibility. Student must have a GPA of 2.0; have completed specific degree requirements as required by the program; and have completed the internship application process. [Repeatable for a total of 6 credit hours towards degree/certificate requirements.] S/U grading only.
1. Organizational overview of assigned placement
2. Integration of job description and organization's requirements
3. Elements of documentation of experience
4. Planning and time management
5. Professional, legal, and ethical issues
6. Communication, critical thinking, and problem solving
7. Specialized equipment, tools, and software required in the placement
1. Exhibit appropriate workplace behaviors and professional ethics.
2. Apply discipline specific knowledge and skills in the professional workplace.
3. Define and utilize technical terms in written and oral communications.
4. Use critical thinking, problem solving, ethical awareness, and effective writing
5. Interpret written and oral instructions.
6. Initiate and complete assigned responsibilities.
7. Maintain documentation required to comply with government employer or nonprofit agency regulations.
8. Use specialized equipment, software, and tools as required.
9. Analyze and interpret data for specified reports.
10. Identify opportunities for improvement in process and documentation related to the workplace.
11. Articulate job description and position in assigned organization.
1. Record of Student Internship workplace hours.
2. Individual Education Plan (IEP) as approved by supervision faculty.
3. A daily journal, or work log of tasks, including dates, descriptive comments, problems and solutions.
4. A reflective paper or project as specified by the supervision faculty.
5. A minimum of two evaluations by the workplace employer or supervisor.
6. Student's self-evaluation of experience.
||Intro Human Anat & Physiology
BIO 160. Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4). Principles of scientific method. Structural organization, homeostasis and control mechanisms of the body. Specific chemistry concepts. Structure and function of the major systems of the body. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture. Three lab.
1. Scientific method and physiological measurements
2. Structural organization of the body
3. Homeostasis and homeostatic control mechanisms
4. Specific chemistry concepts of the body
5. Integumentary system
6. Skeletal system and joints
7. Muscular system
8. Nervous system
9. Endocrine system
10. Cardiovascular system
11. Lymphatics and immune system
12. Respiratory system
13. Digestive system
14. Urinary system
15. Reproductive system
1. Use the scientific method to evaluate basic principles of human physiology. (1) (PBS 1,2)
2. Identify the unifying themes of human anatomy and physiology. (2) (PBS 2)
3. Interpret numerical and graphical presentations of physiological data. (1, 12) (PBS 2,3)
4. Explain the role of specific tools and equipment utilized in clinical evaluation of human physiology. (1) (PBS 2,4)
5. Record or evaluate investigative results. (1) (PBS 2,3,5)
6. Describe the structural organization of the body. (2)
7. Describe homeostasis and homeostatic control mechanisms. (3)
8. Describe the specific chemistry concepts of the body. (4)
9. Describe the structure and function of the integumentary system and body membranes, skeletal system and joints, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and the reproductive system. (5-15)
||Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 201. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4). BIO 2201. Structure and function of the human body. Topics include cells, tissues, integumentary, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Prerequisite: BIO 156 or BIO 181. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture. Three lab.
1. Anatomical terms and homeostasis
2. Cytological and histological anatomy and functions
3. Integumentary system
4. Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system
5. Axial and appendicular skeleton, joints
6. Anatomy and physiology of the muscular system
7. Gross and microscopic anatomy of muscles
8. Muscle contraction
9. Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system
10. The central and peripheral nervous systems
11. The automatic nervous system
12. The senses
1. Identify the parts of a typical cell and describe their function and structure. (1, 2)
2. Identify and describe the four basic tissue types, their anatomy and functions. (1, 2)
3. Describe the anatomy and functions of the integumentary system. (1, 3)
4. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system. (1, 4)
5. Identify and describe the anatomy of joints, axial and appendicular skeletal systems. (1, 5)
6. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the muscular system. (1, 6)
7. Identify and describe the gross and microscopic anatomy of muscles. (1, 7)
8. Describe the biological processes involved in muscle contraction. (1, 8) (PBS 1)
9. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. (1, 9)
10. Describe and identify brain and spinal cord anatomy and reflexes. (1, 10)
11. Describe the biological processes involved in the nerve impulse. (1, 10, 11)
12. Describe and identify the anatomy and physiology autonomic nervous system. (1, 10, 11)
13. Describe and identify the anatomy and physiology of the senses. (1, 12) (PBS 2,3)
14. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the systems of the human body. (3-12)
15. Identify the broad themes that unify studying the systems of the body. (1-12)
16. Interpret the numerical and/or graphical representation of physiological data and anatomical structures. (1-12) (PBS 2)
17. Use the tools and equipment necessary for scientific analysis and research on physiological data and anatomical structures. (2-12)
18. Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-12)
||Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 202. Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4). BIO 2202. Structure and function of the human body. Topics include reproductive, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, and digestive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 201. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture. Three lab.
1. Anatomy and physiology of endocrine glands
2. Hormonal actions
3. Anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system
4. Anatomy and physiology of blood
5. Anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system
6. Anatomy and physiology of the immune system
7. Fetal membranes and blood circulation
8. Anatomy and physiology of the digestive system
10. Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system
11. Blood pressure and flow dynamics
12. Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
13. Ventilation mechanisms and gas transport
14. Anatomy and physiology of the urinary system
15. Urine formation
1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of endocrine glands. (1)
2. Describe the biological processes involved in hormonal actions. (2)
3. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system. (3)
4. Describe the anatomy and functions of blood. (4)
5. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system. (5)
6. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the immune system. (6)
7. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of fetal membranes and circulation. (7)
8. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system. (8)
9. Describe the biological processes involved in metabolism. (9)
10. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system. (10)
11. Describe the biological processes involved in blood pressure dynamics. (11)
12. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. (12)
13. Describe and identify ventilation mechanisms. (13)
14. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the urinary system. (14)
15. Describe the biological processes involved urine formation. (15)
16. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the systems of the body. (1-15) (PBS 1)
17. Identify the broad themes that unify studying the systems of the body. (1-15)
18. Interpret the numerical and/or graphical representation of physiological data and anatomical structures. (1-15) (PBS 2)
19. Use the tools and equipment necessary for scientific analysis and research on physiological data and anatomical structures. (1-15) (PBS 2,3)
20. Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-15)
CSA 126. Microsoft Office (3). Introductory concepts and techniques of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Three lecture.
1. Windows concepts and skills
2. Microsoft Word for Windows
3. Microsoft Excel for Windows
4. Microsoft Access for Windows
5. Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows
6. Integration of Microsoft Office applications
1. Use file management and other basic Windows skills. (1)
2. Produce and edit word processing documents. (2)
3. Produce and edit spreadsheets and charts. (3)
4. Create a database, enter and manipulate data, create queries and reports. (4)
5. Produce and edit presentation graphics documents. (5)
6. Produce a document that integrates the use of two or more Office applications. (6)
HIM 140. Disease Process (4). Examination of the most common diseases of each body system, with normal anatomy and physiology compared to pathologic anatomy and physiologic malfunctioning due to disease process. Diagnostic methods, etiology, management, treatment, modalities, pharmacology and prognosis are discussed. Prerequisite: BIO 160 or (BIO 201 and BIO 202). Reading Proficiency. Four lecture.
1. Basic concepts of disease process
2. Physiologic effects of disease
3. Pathological terminology
4. Fluid, electrolyte, and acid/base imbalance
5. Major body organs and systems
6. Neoplastic disease: signs, symptoms and treatment
7. Effects of altered status, growth and development
8. Clinical manifestation of disease
9. Methods of diagnosis
10. Short and long-term effects of disease process
11. Treatment, therapy and restoration strategies
1. Describe the structural, functional and normal variants in the body that may produce disease. (1)
2. Describe the common physiologic effects of disease on the body: infection, inflammation, tumors and immune response. (2)
3. Identify and spell correctly major pathological terminology and conditions. (3)
4. Describe the diagnosis, effect, and treatment of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances in the body. (4)
5. Describe major body systems and organs and their primary functions. (5)
6. Determine the causes, incidence, prevention methods, signs, symptoms, and treatment of cancer for body systems. (6)
7. Describe common diseases and conditions, methods of diagnosis, short and long term effects of disease processes, treatment and therapy, and restoration strategies for all major body systems. (5, 8-11)
8. Define and list special considerations for the effects and altered status, growth and development on disease processes. (7)
||Legal & Ethical Aspects of HIM
HIM 173. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management (2). Application of general principles of law and ethics as related to health information management and patient record management in an electronic, hybrid or paper environment. Legal and ethical issues, legal terminology, records law, patient rights, privacy and security and regulations. Two lecture.
1. Legal concepts and processes
2. Legal terminology
3. Health record as a legal document
4. Confidentiality, privacy and security
5. Patient rights
6. Quality assessment and improvement
7. Health care compliance and security
8. Professional and practice-related ethical issues
1. Explain how legal and regulatory requirements relate to legal concepts and processes in health care and in health information management (HIM). (1,2,4) Domain III.B.1
2. Summarize the structure, purposes, functions and the users of health records. (3) Domain I.B.1-2
3. Release patient records in accordance with policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health information. (4,5,7) Domain III.B.2
4. Assess user access logs/systems to track access to, and disclosure of, identifiable patient data. (4,7) Domain III.B.4
5. Collect, organize and present data for quality management, utilization management and risk assessment pertinent to monitoring the privacy and security of health data. (6) Domain II.A.2
6. Release patient-specific data to authorized users when appropriate. (4) Domain II.B.3
7. Assess organizational policies and procedures to ensure compliance and security regulations and standards are met. (7) Domain I.B.2
8. Argue the validity of ethical standards of practice and summarize their applicability to HIM standards of practice. (8) Domain III.B.5
Domains listed refer to CAHIIM Curriculum requirements.
||Technical Mathematics 2
MAT 100. Technical Mathematics (3). Review of arithmetic skills, proportions, percentages, exponents, algebraic equations of the first degree, basic geometry, and literal equations with applications designed for the student's own field of study. Prerequisite: MAT 082, or one year of high school algebra completed within the last 4 years, or a satisfactory score on the mathematics skills assessment. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.
1. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers
2. Ratio and Proportion
4. Rules of exponents
5. Fractional exponents and radicals
6. First degree equations
7. Literal equations
9. Measurement including the metric system
1. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed rational numbers. (QL 1)
2. Apply whole number exponent laws to simplify expressions. (QL 1)
3. Convert fractional exponents to radical form and radicals to fractional exponents. (QL 1)
4. Solve problems involving ratios and proportions. (QL 1,2,4)
5. Solve problems involving percentages. (QL 1,2,4)
6. Solve basic algebraic linear equations including those containing literal terms. (QL 1-4)
7. Identify basic geometric shapes and formulae. (QL 1,3)
8. Solve problems involving geometric shapes and perimeter, area and volume of those shapes. (QL 1-4)
9. Use measurement systems including the metric system. (QL 1,2)
|1 - Students must complete all Medical Assistant requirements before enrolling in the AHS internship. Permission of the program director is also required.
2 - Or higher course or satisfactory score on skills assessment.