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Medical Assisting Curriculum

1st Quarter

 

ALH 102 Basic Medical Terminology -15 class hours/1.5 credit hours

  • Course Description: The student will be introduced to basic prefixes, roots and suffixes, as well as disease terminology including anatomic, diagnostic, symptomatic, eponymic terms and standard abbreviations of the basic body systems.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Define and evaluate data content and structure 2) Define prefixes and suffixes in relation to medical terminology 3) Interpret medical terms for patients 4) Record health status of patient using medical terminology and abbreviations accepted by the medical profession
  • Prerequisite: None

GXMO-MA - General X-Ray Machine Operator for MA Diploma - 20 class hours/30 clinical hours/3 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course is to prepare the student for the role of GXMO in the healthcare system.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Describe the limited role of the GXMO with that of the registered Radiology technologist 2) Describe the legal requirements for the practice of radiography by the state of Ohio, and the various accrediting agencies 3) Describe the typical work environment and general duties of the GXMO 4) Radiobiology and radiation safety 5) Fundamentals of radiographic equipment 6) X-ray circuit and tube heat management 7) Screen/film image receptors 8) Digital image receptors 9) Darkroom and film processing 10) Identifying x-rays 11) Radiology terminology
  • Prerequisite: Admission MA Program

BIO 140 Integrated Body Science - 30 class hours/20 lab hours/4 credit hours

  • Course Description: Overview course to orient the student to components of the biological, physiological and societal domains that impact the human perception of balance or health. Topics to be explored include foundations of environmental science, chemistry and cellular biology including microbes, nutrition requirements and metabolism.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Describe the human body as an integrated series of sophisticated systems that sustain life as a result of continual balance among internal, environmental, psychological and spiritual domains 2) Identify and describe the base components and respective properties of the organic elements 3) Identify the core components of the human body at the cellular level necessary to promote and sustain life 4) Define microbiology and identify elements that promote or inhibit growth of pathogenic microbes and normal flora 5) Describe application of the four environmental principles impacting the health of individuals and communities 6) Define nutrition and differentiate between the components comprising the human diet and implications on health status
  • Prerequisite: Admission into the Medical Assisting Program

HIM 260 Medical Office Coding & Procedures - 15 class hours/20 lab hours/2.5 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course teaches entry-level skills for computer-based management of a medical office emphasizing software for patient records, billing and collections, daily financial transactions, insurance processing, and the production of routine reports and summaries manual patient financial accounting, collection techniques, employee payroll, banking procedures, medical supplies purchasing and inventory. Out-of-class lab work is required. Participants will learn basic rules, regulations and principles for assigning ICD-9-CM codes to patient encounters for billing physician services.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate proficiency with computer technology at a level compatible with business/industry requirements 2) Demonstrate proficiency in computer operations and applications relative to patient care and the management of a medical office 3) Understand structure and analysis of health data 4)Be able to do basic ICD-9 coding and indexing of information 5) Comprehend management of reimbursement systems for health insurance claims 6) Perform word processing, spreadsheet applications, database applications, internet searches and billing functions 7) Demonstrate competence in performing administrative clerical duties and managing medical practice finances 8) Post entries on a day sheet, adjustments, non-sufficient fund checks, collection agency payments 9) Perform accounts receivable, billing and collection procedures, process refunds and credit balances, inventory of supplies and equipment 10) Prepare a bank deposit 11) Utilize computer software to maintain office systems
  • Prerequisite: None

ALH 101 Introduction to Medical Assisting: Including Professionalism and Law and Ethics - 30 class hours/3 credit hours

  • Course Description: Overview of the health care industry, including organization of ambulatory care practice groups, individual physician’s offices, hospitals, professional organizations, and federal health care programs; the role of the medical assistant in different work environments and health care delivery trends and issues. Fundamentals of medical ethics and law in the medical office setting with special emphasis on patient confidentiality; physician-patient relationship; implied, verbal and written consent; professional liability; malpractice, contracts, statutory reports, medical legal issues; ethical issues of modern health care.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Understand and apply principles of office management, planning, policy development, supervisory process, personnel training, equipment and facility maintenance, and time management 2) Apply principles of effective oral and written communication skills with patients, their families and other health care providers; teach patients methods of health promotion 3) Think rationally, systematically, and logically; solve problems through proper means of analysis/synthesis 4) Discuss challenging situations faced or potentially encountered during the directed practice and propose workable, competent solutions to the identified problem 5) Review and select areas of study in preparation for successful performance on the AMT National Certification Examination and 6) Develop a resume and job search strategies 7) Distinguish between ethics and etiquette 8) Distinguish between laws and standards
  • Prerequisite: None

COM 110 Therapeutic Communication - 30 class hours /3 credit hours

  • Course Description: Overview of the health care industry, including organization of ambulatory care practice groups, individual physician’s offices, hospitals, professional organizations, and federal health care programs; the role of the medical assistant in different work environments and health care delivery trends and issues. Fundamentals of medical ethics and law in the medical office setting with special emphasis on patient confidentiality; physician-patient relationship; implied, verbal and written consent; professional liability; malpractice, contracts, statutory reports, medical legal issues; ethical issues of modern health care.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate beginning levels of appropriate therapeutic intrapersonal, interpersonal and public communication 2) Describe effective communication approaches/techniques to assist the client to express spiritual, biological, psychological and sociological needs and expectations 3) Utilize the concepts and approaches of Neuro Linguistic Programming to enhance relationships between the nurse/client and interdisciplinary team
  • Prerequisite: None

2nd Quarter

 

PHL 101 Phlebotomy Technician Specialist - 40 class hours/40 lab hours/30 clinical hours

  • Course Description: This course provides phlebotomy instruction to the student with a working knowledge of collecting blood while emphasizing on patient safety, assurance, universal and standard precautions.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain basic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system/blood supply 2) Obtain/apply skills and knowledge necessary to sit for certification examinations 3) Demonstrate proficiency and knowledge in the proper phlebotomy techniques for Phlebotomy Technician Positions 4) Define “standard precautions” and Personal Protective Equipment and apply these principles to all procedures 5) Practice the use of medical terminology relating to the circulatory system 6) List the methods of client and specimen identifications 7) Describe the proper bedside manner and how to prepare the client for venipuncture collection 8) Identify the locations on the body appropriate for venipuncture collection 9) List the different colors of tubes used to code blood specimens, what they stand for, and other necessary equipment needed for blood draws 10) Perform venipuncture by sterile needle and syringe, butterfly or vacuum method 11) Demonstrate how to dispense blood into tubes following syringe collection 12) Perform skin punctures to obtain capillary blood specimens 13) Outline post - puncture care for the patient 14) Prepare blood specimens for the laboratory 15) List potential pre-analytical sources of specimen error 16) Explain the potential risks and complications of the venipuncture procedure 17) Describe the role or quality assurance in the practice of Phlebotomy 18) Discuss the scope of practice of the Certified Phlebotomy Technician 19) Must have written documentation of at least 30 hours and 50 successful venipunctures in a clinical setting 20) Prepare for practicum and certification exam
  • Prerequisite: None

ALH 201 Survey of Drug Therapy - 20 class hours/20 lab/3 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course provides an overview of the conventional drug classes presenting only the more commonly prescribed preparations primarily emphasizing common effects and indications for use.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) List drug classes 2) Identify commonly prescribed drugs and be able to calculate drug dosages for administration 3) Describe common effects and indications for specific prescription drugs including: basic principles of kinetics & dynamics, autonomic pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, analgesic & anti-inflammatory pharmacology, psychotropic pharmacology, endrocrine pharmacology, antimicrobial therapy, urinary/gastrointestinal/reproductiv
  • Prerequisite: BIO 140

MA 206 Medical Laboratory Procedures - 20 class hours/20 lab hours /3 credit hours

  • Course Description: In this course participants learn techniques required to perform laboratory procedures in a medical office, including collection of specimens for testing/transport, venipuncture, urinalysis, cultures, quality control, and laboratory safety.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Identify the medical assistant's role in coordinating laboratory tests and results 2) List and describe the basic components and applications of medical office laboratory technology 3) Practice the tasks associated with collecting, labeling and handling of specimens in the medical office 4) Demonstrate the routine procedures involved in the examination and testing of microorganisms, urine, blood, and other specimens 5) Explain the purposes of common laboratory tests and distinguish between normal and abnormal values
  • Prerequisite: BIO 140, ALH 101

MA 201 Medical Practice Clinical Procedures I - 20 class hours/20 lab hours/3 credit hours

  • Course Description: Techniques required to perform advanced/specialized procedures such as assisting with sigmoidoscopy, basic respiratory procedures, OB/GYN procedures, physical agents to promote tissue healing, and basic nutrition.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) List, identify, and state the function of each instrument commonly used during a proctosigmoidoscopy, a gynecological examination, and an obstetrical examination 2) Illustrate the therapeutic uses of heat and cold applications 3) Create patient teaching activities for various applications of therapeutic modalities, crutch walking and use of a wheelchair 4) Identify and discuss special considerations for the pediatric patient 5) Discuss various methods of contraception and explain common diagnostic studies of the reproductive system 6) Identify and discuss special procedures for the pregnant patient 7) Describe the major food sources, classic deficiency diseases, and basic function of nutrients required for good health 8) Illustrate the role of the medical assistant in teaching and interpreting the therapeutic diet for a patient
  • Prerequisite: ALH 102, BIO 140

MA 104 Basic Clinical Procedures - 20 class hours/20 lab hours /3 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course provides an introduction to clinical assisting procedures in the medical office emphasizing patient preparation, medical history interviews, vital signs, positioning and draping, medical asepsis, assisting with physical exams, eye and ear assessment and procedures. It is an intermediate experience in a physician's office involving structured observations and participation in the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care under the supervision of a licensed physician or certified medical assistant. Other topics include assisting with minor office surgery, therapeutic modalities, administration of medications, insurance coding/claims, care of patient records and other office management skills.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Competently perform clinical duties associated with assisting a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in an ambulatory care setting by taking vitals and assisting in physical exams 2) Understand the legal concepts and ethical responsibilities associated with patient care and the documentation of health information 3) Display professionalism with interpersonal situations and business functions 4) Apply principles of effective oral and written communication skills with patients, their families and other health care providers 5) Teach patients methods of health promotion 6) Be able to apply principles of aseptic techniques and infection control 7) Obtain and record patient history 8) Prepare patient for and assist with routine specialty examinations 9) Competently perform clinical duties associated with assisting a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in an ambulatory care setting 10) Understand and apply principles of office management, planning, policy development, supervisory process, personnel training, equipment and facility maintenance, and time management 11) Apply principles of effective oral and written communication skills with patients, their families and other health care providers 12) Teach patients methods of health promotion 13) Demonstrate knowledge of human structure and function and recognize common disorders of the body 14) Think rationally, systematically, and logically 15) Solve problems through proper means of analysis/synthesis
  • Prerequisite: BIO 140, ALH 102

3rd Quarter

 

ALH 130 Allied Health Informatics - 10 class hours /1 credit hours

  • Course Description: This overview course introduces the student to current technology routinely utilized in the patient care arena and learning environment. Potential ethical and legal issues associated with use of technology in health care will also be explored.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Identify various types of hardware, software and interface technologies associated with health care informatics 2) Describe technology-based allied health applications in hospitals, community health agencies, education and research based activities 3) Discuss ethical and legal considerations related to proprietary software, data security, information privacy and confidentiality while providing direct patient care activities 4) Discuss the importance of lifelong learning as it relates to the challenges of implementing, operating and upgrading health management information systems
  • Prerequisite: None

HOL 101 Holistic Foundations: Historical Survey - 20 class hours/2 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course focuses on studying the historical development of integrative approaches to healing and health care. Integrative medicine promotes an expanded view of healing by combining both conventional and complementary methods of diagnosis and treatment in order to enhance the healing process as well to promote overall wellbeing and prevention of health related illnesses. The course will begin with studying the history of holistic, also known as complementary/alternative health practices from ancient cultures to modern practices, followed by the current trend of integrating these approaches.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Describe the historical countenance of holistic medicine 2) Articulate differences and similarities between the Holistic, Integrated approach to meeting health care needs and the traditional medical model 3) Identify the holistic interventions most frequently utilized in providing care to clients across the lifespan
  • Prerequisite: None

MA 202 Medical Practice Clinical Procedures II - 10 class hours/20 lab hours/180 clinical hours/8 credit hours

  • Course Description: Intermediate level clinical procedures performed in a family practice setting such as medical microbiology, bandaging and dressing changes, administering therapeutic modalities, preparing and administering medications, pediatric immunizations and procedures, allergy procedures, and patient teaching.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the routine procedure involved in the examination and testing of microbes 2) Explain the role of the medical assistant in pre- and postoperative patient instruction 3) Differentiate between, scratch, intradermal, patch, and RAST testing 4) Discuss the medical assistant’s professional responsibilities associated with the preparation and administration of medication 5) Demonstrate the skills necessary for calculating drug dosages and administering medications by any of the methods common to a medical office 6) Relate the safety precautions associated with drug therapy, including the care and disposal of supplies 7) List and describe the components of assessing and responding to various medical office emergencies
  • Prerequisite: MA 201

ALH 111 Medical Administrations - 10 class hours/20 lab hours /2 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course is an introduction to the ambulatory care clinical setting involving structured observation and participation in the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care under the supervision of a licensed physician or certified medical assistant. Other topics include assisting with patient preparation, physical examinations, scheduling appointments, bookkeeping tasks and medical transcription.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Apply principles of effective oral and written communication skills with patients, their families and other health care providers 2) Teach patients methods of health promotion and nutrition 3) Demonstrate competence in performing administrative duties and managing medical practice finances, Medical Records Management 4) Perform all aspects of patient reception and processing 5) Maintain the office environment and all daily operations
  • Prerequisite: ALH 101, COM 110, ALH 102

MA 105 Medical Office Management - 10 class hours/20 lab hours /2 credit hours

  • Course Description: In this course students explore administrative duties in a physician's office, including scheduling, monitoring patient appointments, outpatient procedures, hospital admissions, medical and office equipment maintenance, storing supplies and pharmaceuticals, hiring, evaluating and managing office personnel
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Understand and apply principles of office management, planning, policy development, supervisory process, personnel training, equipment and facility maintenance, and time management 2) Demonstrate competence in performing administrative clerical duties and managing medical practice finance 3) Understand the legal concepts and ethical responsibilities associated with patient care and the documentation of health information 4) Display professionalism with interpersonal situations and business functions 5) Apply principles of effective oral and written communication skills with patients, their families and other health care providers; teach patients methods of health promotion 6) Think rationally, systematically, and logically 7) Solve problems through proper means of analysis/synthesis
  • Prerequisite: None