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Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare the student to become a multi-skilled medical assistant who is competent in both a wide variety of clinical and laboratory procedures, as well as many administrative duties being performed in today’s dynamic health care environment. 

This program prepares the student to become a Clinical Medical Assistant, as well as a Medical Administrative Assistant. This program is taught with a combination of lectures, practical exercises in the medical laboratory and with real-world experience during the externship portion of training conducted off-campus at medical facilities. Students who successfully complete all the medical assistant classes and externship requirements are eligible to sit for their certification exams offered through the National Health career Association (NHA).

CERTIFICATIONS : CPT, CCSP

ESTIMATED SALARY : $27,000–$37,000

 

Program Objective:

The student will learn the skills necessary to function in any Medical Office facility no matter what discipline. The curriculum emphasizes on real-world practices and provides solutions to current infection control and safety practices with state and federal government regulation emphasized. 

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Entry requirements

G.E.D.

Program Schedule

Day Program: Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Evening Program: Monday—Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Participants in the evening program must satisfy their clinical hours during daytime business hours, typically between 8: a.m. to 5: p.m.

Credit Hours (Semester) Calculations:

15 Hours of Lecture = 1 Credit Hour.
30 Hours Laboratory Work = 1 Credit Hour.
45 Hours * Externship or Clinical = 1 Credit Hour.

Program Duration

1056 Clock Hours

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee (Non-refundable) $50.00
Tuition for Medical Assisting $5,500.00
TOTAL $5,550.00

 

*Book and National certification for Medical Assisting is included in the tuition

*Additional books may be required at the student’s expense.  The school covers the first book

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Course structure and modules

PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

COURSE TITLE CLOCK HOURS
HS100 Law & Ethics 16
PCT101 Anatomy & Physiology 32
MA124 Hematology 96
PCT102 Specimen Collection Special Procedures 32
GE100 Medical Terminology 32
HS103 Human Relations 16
PCT104 Patient Data Documentation 32
PCT106 EKG Lab Skills 96
PCT103 Basic Nutrition 16
HS102 Career Development 16
PCT 100 Fundamentals of Nursing 99
PCT 205 Externship 160
  TOTAL 643

GE101 HUMAN BEHAVIOUR & MOTIVATION

This course is designed to help the student understand the importance of positive human relations in the medical field, learn different behavioral theories, apply positive interpersonal skills to work and personal situations, and provide techniques to improve learning skills.
Prerequisites: None

MA 101: PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT

This course is an introduction to the Medical Assisting profession.  The course will teach the Medical assistant students; the acceptable behavioral standards of society and how they relate to the healthcare setting.  Emphasis is placed on professional behavior in the workplace, interpersonal skills and psychological effects of negative behavior on patients and clinical staff. The course will provide an overview of the legal and ethical behavior associated with the medical practice/facility.  Health Promotion will also be discussed in this class. Students will learn about the responsibilities of medical Assistants, their scope of practice, employment conditions, and credentialing.

MA 102: ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE PROCEDURES

This course is designed to introduce the student to the administrative tasks required by a medical assistant.  Topics include scheduling appointments, telephone procedures, maintaining patient charts and files, handling and preparing patient forms/records utilizing the computer, processing incoming mail, and composing written correspondence. Legal aspects of the healthcare profession will be reinforced throughout the course.

MA 103: BASIC KEYBOARDING

This course is designed to develop and enhance keyboarding speed and accuracy.  The Students minimum goal for this course is to acquire keyboarding speed of 45 WPM with no more than four errors on a (5) five-minute timed writing.  Students will develop proofreading and record keeping skills by proofreading timings and charting their progress throughout the course. Designed for students in vocational or non-vocational programs seeking various types of employment, this course provides the student with basic computer concepts and computer terminology. Topics include windows concepts, the Internet, E-mail, and word processing. Proper format for keyboarding letters, memos, and other short documents will be reviewed as well as basic functions such as saving, printing, and editing word processing documents. Students will set up an e-mail account and learn how to navigate the World Wide Web effectively.  Students will develop cooperative learning skills by working together to research information on the Internet.

MA 104: ASEPTIC MEDICAL TECHNIQUES

This course provides the students with an overview of infection control.  OSHA and CLIA regulations will be introduced to the students in this course as they apply to a laboratory environment but they will also be discussed in detail throughout other courses as it relates to them. Cold and autoclave sterilization, wrapping of lab instruments, and proficiency lab testing and safety will also be discussed in this class.

MA 105: CLINICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

Students will learn the importance of accurately taking and recording body measurements and vital signs, patient assessments, charting and proper documentation techniques and setting up for special office procedures. Legal aspects of the healthcare profession will be reinforced throughout the course.  Students will learn the Medical Assistant’s role in a physical examination.  Students will also learn various diagnostic tests performed in a medical office, various instruments, and their specialties, they will also have the ability to learn and explain Universal Precautions.  Medical emergencies (first aid) will also be discussed in this course.

MA 106: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

This course provides the student with medical terminology used on different medical specialties, the human body, procedures, and disease.  Emphasis will be place on medical root words, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms.

 

107: INTRODUCTION TO ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

The student will learn and apply understanding of the progression from an atom to a system, the cell and its function.  Medical terminology will be now associated with the different body systems and the major diseases related with those.  The student will be able to list and describe types of body tissues, the body systems, and the three major body planes, directional and positional terms, and anatomical positions.  Emphasis will be placed on the major organs that compose the body systems.  The study of the Integumentary system, skeletal system as well as the muscular system will be also part of this course including structure, function and pathology as it relates to each of them.  The student will also learn basic diagnostic and laboratory testing.

MA 108: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

Upon completion of this course, the students will have an in-depth knowledge of the endocrine system, the digestive system and nutrition, the nervous system and special senses, the urinary system and reproductive system.  Emphasis will be placed on the major organs that compose the mentioned body systems as well as the structure, function and pathology as it relates to each of them.  The student will also learn basic diagnostic and laboratory testing.  Principles of maintaining water, electrolytes, and acid-base balance will also be discussed.

MA 109: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

Upon completion of this course the students will have an in-depth knowledge of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory and immune systems. Emphasis will be placed on the major organs that compose the mentioned body systems as well as the structure, function and pathology as it relates to each of them. The student will also learn basic diagnostic and laboratory testing. The student will also learn how to sustain life through CPR.

MA 110: PHARMACOLOGY

Students will have the ability to identify chemical, trade, and generic drug names.  Students will have the ability to name the regulations and branches of government that impact prescription medications and controlled substances.  Ability to explain various drug actions and interactions, describe the difference between medication side effects and allergies.  Ability to properly calculate dosages, use medical terminology appropriately.  Students will be able to demonstrate practical skills by the administration of intra-dermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular injections as well as recognize other ways to administer medications.

MA 111: ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY (EKG)

This course unifies the knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular systems and its relationship with electrocardiograph procedures. Emphasis will be placed on the classification of different heart diseases. Students will learn how to correctly perform and mount the EKG’s as well as identify basic abnormalities on an EKG report. Topics include terminology, anatomy, physiology, ECG testing, safety (OSHA), infection control, the ability to interpret basic Dysrhythmias and understand their significance.  Upon completion of this course, you must know and understand the handling and processing of rhythm strips, professional and legal issues, as well as ethics

MA 112: CLINICAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES

Students will be able to implement and maintain federal and state health care legislation and regulations.  They will be able to collect and process specimens, comply with quality assurance practices, perform an inventory of supplies and equipment, perform routine maintenance of administrative and clinical equipment.  Students will also be able to document accurately and comply with established risk management and safety procedures. Correct handwashing, aseptic techniques, infection control will be discussed.  Emphasis will be placed on OSHA and CLIA standards. Students will learn how to collect process urine and blood specimens as well as the collection and process of other non-blood laboratory specimens.  Topics include terminology, anatomy, physiology, testing, safety (OSHA), infection control, specimen collection, handling and processing, professional and legal issues, ethics, and point of care testing.  Emphasis is placed on building familiarity and procedures as it relates to venipuncture and other specimen collections for processing.

MA 113: EXTERNSHIP

This course is designed for students in their last cycle of study in the Medical Assistant Program to develop or facilitate on-the-job skills necessary to perform as a medical assistant in health care facilities, hospitals, or private care for the world of work. Students must complete 160 hours of clinical/administrative work experience.

GRADING SYSTEM

An overall average of seventy percent (70%) is required for graduation and the following represents the equivalencies of the grades assigned.

  • Grades for each course are recorded
  • Grades are earned and recorded as follows:

 

A EXCELLENT 90—100%
B GOOD 80—89%
C AVERAGE 70—79%
F FAILURE 69% AND BELOW
I INCOMPLETE GPA NEUTRAL
W WITHDRAWAL  

 

 

  • An “I” grade may be assigned provided the student is passing the course and has completed a substantial portion of the coursework. The instructor and student complete and sign an “I grade completion form” and agree on the work to be performed and a deadline for completion of the work.  The “I” is changed by the instructor through the grade change procedure.  An ‘I’ grade not changed within three (3) weeks will be changed to an “F” and the course must be repeated.  Withdrawals and repeats do not affect the student’s GPA but does affect maximum periods.

 

Instructors are required to submit to the Director the final grade for each student whose name appears on the “Instructor Grade Report.”  Instructor grade reports are the official record of the students’ grades and are permanently filed at the Ashona Medical Institute.

 

The Student Grade Report at the end of each grading period indicates the student’s academic cumulative average.

 

GRADING PERIODS:

 

  • Progress reports semi-monthly
  • Grades monthly and at the end of all modules