Medical Assisting

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

MED 101 : Introduction Clinical to Clinical Medical Assisting

This course is an introduction to the medical assisting profession. A virtual clinic is built by students, expanding their knowledge of the healthcare industry. Students explore areas where they might find employment as medical assistants and begin developing employment related skills and documents while expanding their effective communication skills. Students will begin learning the foundations for clinical practice in providing patient care as medical assistants. This course includes a skills laboratory component. Students will be instructed in the use of an educational electronic medical record (EMR) system. NOTE: Students need to be accepted into the Medical Assisting Program and have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 102 : Medical Terminology for Medical Assistants

Study of medical terminology using a body systems approach, relating terms to the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Word parts are used to build, analyze, define, spell, and pronounce medical terms, including abbreviations. Structural, directional, disease and disorder, surgical, and diagnostic terms will be covered for body structures, body systems, and specialized areas of medicine such as oncology. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 105 : HIV/AIDS Training for Healthcare Providers

Course offers training in the etiology, epidemiology, transmission, testing, and treatment of HIV/ AIDS. Students will review infection control, counseling and confidential interviews with patients, and the legal, ethical, and psychosocial issues related to HIV/AIDS. Outcomes per WAC 246-12-270. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

1

MED 110 : Anatomy & Pathophysiology for Medical Assistants I

Students are introduced to pathophysiology, the study of processes that disturb normal body function. Instruction in both basic disease processes and major organ-related diseases are incorporated into the study of the form (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the human body. This course has a laboratory component. NOTE: Students need to be accepted into the Medical Assisting Program and have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 115 : Anatomy & Pathophysiology for Medical Assistants II

This course continues to instruct students in the anatomy and pathophysiology of the human body using a body systems approach. Emphasis is placed on the study of multiple organ system diseases, infectious diseases, and microbiology. This course has a laboratory component. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 135 : Medical Office Procedures

This course provides instruction in the general office administration duties of a medical assistant. Topics to be covered include telecommunications, scheduling, filing, interpersonal communications, and professional correspondence. Review and discuss various machines and equipment used in the business office, as well as exercises in the maintenance of office equipment, procurement of supplies, and maintenance of inventory. Students will be instructed in the use of an educational electronic medical record (EMR) system. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

4

MED 140 : Medical, Ethical, Legal Communication

This course teaches medical assisting students how to incorporate cognitive knowledge in the performance of psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants, and in providing patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws, and patient rights. Students will be instructed in the legal implications and ethical considerations of the medical assisting profession. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

4

MED 150 : Medical Billing and Coding I

This course gives medical assisting students an introduction to managed care and insurance coverage. Students will learn medical billing practices including electronic submission and computerized billing techniques, and includes ICD-9, ICD-10, and CPT coding. Students will be instructed in the use of an educational electronic medical record (EMR) system. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 151 : Medical Billing and Coding II

Medical assisting students receive advanced training in procedural and diagnostic coding and medical billing practices. Topics covered include ICD-9, ICD-10, and CPT coding, and hospital billing and coding procedures. Students will be instructed in the use of an educational electronic medical record (EMR) system. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 155 : Medical Office Assistant Extern and Capstone

Final core curriculum course for students seeking to become medical office assistants or specialists. The course prepares students to perform routine administrative medical office duties in an outpatient setting. Students completing this course will be expected to develop a professional portfolio, apply for a national credentialing exam of their choice, participate in job-seeking activities, and participate in a brief externship wherein they will be expected to perform tasks relevant to the MOA job description.

Credits

6

MED 160 : Clinical Skills Seminar for Medical Assistants I

Introduces the medical assisting student to basic clinical procedures and patient care. Subjects to be covered include, but are not limited to: infection control and asepsis, preparing the examination room, body measurements and vital signs, obtaining the medical history, assisting with the physical examination, electrocardiography, and therapeutic procedures. Some needle invasive procedures will be performed. This course includes a skills laboratory component. Students will be instructed in the use of an educational electronic medical record (EMR) system. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 161 : Clinical Skills Seminar for Medical Assistants II

This course continues instructing medical assisting students in the clinical skills necessary to the medical assisting profession. Subjects to be covered include, but are not limited to: specialty diagnostic testing, phlebotomy, laboratory and microbiological testing in the physician’s office, introduction to the concepts of pharmacology and medication administration, minor office surgery, and basic first aid in regard to medical office emergencies. Some needle invasive procedures will be performed. This course includes a skills laboratory component. Students will be instructed in the use of an educational electronic medical record (EMR) system. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 165 : Clinical Practicum for Medical Assistants

Provides students with at least 160 clock hours of externship experience in ambulatory care facilities. Students will be required to maintain and submit documentation of the psychomotor and affective domain competencies they experience at practicum sites. Students will also submit assignments online that demonstrate how they incorporate cognitive domain competencies and critical thinking skills into their daily practice as medical assistants. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

6

MED 170 : Principles of Pharmacology for Medical Assistants

This course offers instruction in the principles of pharmacology for medical assistants. Students will use applied mathematics to prepare proper dosages of medication for administration and verify those doses/dosages prior to administration. Students will learn to update medication lists utilizing an electronic medical record system. Students will learn techniques to help them explain medication treatment plans to patients to ensure patient understanding and compliance. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

5

MED 200 : Medical Assisting Capstone

Overview of job readiness, medical assisting certification exam preparation, credentialing application preparation, portfolio development, and networking in the medical assisting field. Students should be enrolled in this course their last quarter of the program, either concurrently with MED 165 or after its completion. Former students seeking a ‘refresher’ on professional development or credentialing test preparation may register. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

3

MED 201 : Introduction to Patient Advocacy

Course is designed to offer insights into patient advocacy and the patient healthcare facilitation process. Students will be instructed in how to translate medical records and physician orders to make them more patient-friendly and easier to follow in order to ensure patient compliance and positive care outcomes. Students will learn how to facilitate communication among patients, caregivers, and physicians and how to develop care plans for patients. Emphasis is placed on methods of patient education and communication in regard to special populations such as pediatric and geriatric patients. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.

Credits

5