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Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting - AAS

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Major: 3291
First Term: 2011 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60
Description:

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Assisting program provides education and training for employment in physicians' offices and group medical practices, and other healthcare settings. Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical duties. Duties may include management and maintenance of the office and treatment areas. Administrative duties include receiving patients and their family members, acting as an informational and educational resource for the patient, handling telephone and written communications, managing patient records, bookkeeping, filing, insurance processing, typing, appointment scheduling, and managing public relations. Clinical duties include preparing the patient for treatment, preparing and sterilizing instruments, maintaining a supply inventory, obtaining specimens for diagnostic evaluation, performing EKGs, and administering medications under the direction of the physician/clinician. Students in the Medical Assisting program will be in contact with potentially infectious blood, tissues, and body fluids. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

Program Notes:

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Credit will not be awarded for both a course and its modular equivalency.

Admission Criteria:

Formal application and admission to the program is required.
Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
Completion of Program Prerequisites.
Have the ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting program activities.
Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider (American Heart Association approved) and maintain current status throughout the externship(s).
Complete and submit the required proof of immunity and health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider.

Background Check Requirements
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.

Program Prerequisites
Credits:0-3
HCC145 Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers (3) OR permission of Program Director.0-3
Required Courses
Credits:27-30
OPTION 1: Credits: 27
 
PLB109 Phlebotomy: Basic Skills1
PLB110 Practicum: Fundamental Phlebotomy Skills .55
MAS126 Administrative Procedures3
MAS127 Insurance, Billing and Coding3
MAS128 Electronic Health Records for Medical Assisting2
MAS129 Automated Computer System for Medical Office Management2
MAS130 Orientation to the Pathophysiology and Psychology of Body Systems1
MAS210 Aseptic Techniques1
MAS220 Laboratory Testing in Patient Care Service Centers1
MAS230 Emergencies in the Medical Office 1.55
MAS240 Applied EKG1
MAS260 Clinical Procedures3
MAS265 Administration of Medication3
MAS274 Administrative Medical Assisting Externship1
MAS275 Clinical Medical Assisting Externship2
MAS280 Medical Assisting Program Review1
 
OPTION 2: Credits: 30
 
HCC130 Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery3
PLB109 Phlebotomy: Basic Skills1
PLB110 Practicum: Fundamental Phlebotomy Skills .55
MAS126 Administrative Procedures3
MAS127 Insurance, Billing and Coding3
MAS128 Electronic Health Records for Medical Assisting2
MAS129 Automated Computer System for Medical Office Management2
MAS130 Orientation to the Pathophysiology and Psychology of Body Systems1
MAS210 Aseptic Techniques1
MAS220 Laboratory Testing in Patient Care Service Centers1
MAS230 Emergencies in the Medical Office 1.55
MAS240 Applied EKG1
MAS260 Clinical Procedures3
MAS265 Administration of Medication3
MAS274 Administrative Medical Assisting Externship1
MAS275 Clinical Medical Assisting Externship2
MAS280 Medical Assisting Program Review1
Restricted Electives
Credits:8-14
COM225 Public Speaking3
COM230 Small Group Communication3
COM259 Communication in Business and Professions3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication3
FON100 Introductory Nutrition3
HES100 Healthful Living3
HES126 Women's Health Issues3
MGT229 Management and Leadership I3
MGT251 Human Relations in Business3
PED115 Lifetime Fitness2
PSY218 Health Psychology3
SLG101 American Sign Language I4
SPA101 Elementary Spanish I4
SPA115 Beginning Spanish Conversation I3
SPA117AA Health Care Spanish I: Introduction1
SPA117AB Health Care Spanish I: Intermediate1
WED100 Personal Wellness2
WED151 Introduction to Alternative Medicine3
WED162 Meditation and Wellness1
WED170 Principles of Homeopathy1
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-25
 
General Education CoreCredits 12-15
 
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
COM110 Interpersonal Communication3
 
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
Any approved general education course from the Critical Reading area or equivalent as indicated by assessment. 0-3
 
MathematicsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course 3
 
General Education DistributionCredits 10
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology3
 
Natural SciencesCredits 4
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4

Program Competencies

  1. Apply ethical guidelines and legal concepts to administrative and clinical practices. (HCC130, PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors and accountability. (HCC130, PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS130, MAS210, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  3. Describe and apply effective communication skills essential for the health care professional. (HCC130, PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS210, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  4. Document incidents and complete variance reports as required by law. (HCC130, PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  5. Demonstrate effective time management skills. (HCC130, PLB110, MAS128, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  6. Describe workplace delivery systems and the population served. (HCC130, MAS126, MAS128, MAS260, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  7. Apply procedures for infection control, first aid and personal safety. (HCC130, MAS274, MAS275)
  8. Assist clinicians in performing specific clinical procedures. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS129, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275)
  9. Describe the concept and importance of team building in the health care setting. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS129, MAS130, MAS210, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  10. Demonstrate aseptic technique and standard precautions in all appropriate settings. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS129, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275)
  11. Apply knowledge of the body systems and their major physiological functions in the care of the patient. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS128, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  12. Employ word parts to define selected medical terms. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS130, MAS210, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  13. Identify and apply Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations in the physician office. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  14. Obtain and record all pertinent medical data as directed. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  15. Obtain, process, and test body specimens as directed. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  16. Operate and maintain standard equipment in all areas of the medical office. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  17. Perform tasks related to communicable disease control in a medical setting. (PLB109, PLB110, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  18. Pronounce, spell, define and apply the most frequently used medical terms that may be encountered in a health care environment. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS130, MAS210, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  19. Relate the main structures and functions of the body organs and systems to health care practice. (MAS128, MAS130, MAS280)
  20. Describe basic anatomy and physiology of the body systems. (MAS128, MAS130, MAS280)
  21. Apply principles of basic psychology and interpersonal relations as they apply to interactions in health care settings. (MAS130, MAS280)
  22. Perform serologic, hematologic, and chemical diagnostic tests. (MAS210, MAS220, MAS275)
  23. Assess patient's immunization record and administer vaccines according to state guidelines. (MAS265, MAS275)
  24. Perform routine administrative procedures such as filing, mail screening, and scheduling. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  25. Observe and participate in specified financial operations of an office. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  26. Enter patient data into a computerized system. (MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS274, MAS275)
  27. Apply steps in filing an insurance claim using Current Procedural Terminology and International Classifications of Disease codes in accordance with government regulations. (MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  28. Obtain, prepare, and mount standard electrocardiograms. (MAS240, MAS274, MAS275)

Complete information on this MCCCD program is available here.

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available. Please refer to "Your" PC Catalog and Student Handbook OR speak with the Program Director or Department Chairperson.