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Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting - AAS

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Major: 3291
First Term: 2014 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:0-20
HCC130 (3.0) is waived for students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science degree or higher degree in a health science discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Maricopa Community Colleges.
 
HCC130 Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery (3)
OR obtain waiver 0-3
 
HCC145 Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers (3)
OR permission of Program Director 0-3
 
This program is delivered in a "fast-track" format and the need for college level skills in English and Reading is critical to successful completion of the program.
 
Although the AAS requires a Mathematics course for the completion, students must have competency/skills in Elementary Algebra for acceptance into the program.
Must have course placement test results reflecting the following scores or higher:
English: Accuplacer/Companion score of 90; Writerplacer score of 4; ASSET score of 50; or Compass score of 90.
 
Reading: Accuplacer/Companion score of 90; ASSET score of 47; or Compass score of 90; or Reading Exempt
Mathematics: Accuplacer/Companion score of 50; Compass score of 41; or ASSET score of 41
 
OR
Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better in
ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3
 
ENG102 First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 3
 
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
 
MAT090 Developmental Algebra (5) OR
MAT091 Introductory Algebra (4) OR
MAT092 Introductory Algebra (3) OR
MAT093 Introductory Algebra/Math Anxiety Reduction (5) 3-5
OR
Permission of Program Director.
Required Courses
Credits:32
MAS125 Professionalism in Healthcare 1
MAS126 Administrative Procedures 3
MAS127 Insurance, Billing and Coding 3
MAS128 Electronic Health Records for Medical Assisting 2
MAS129 Automated Computer System for Medical Office Management 2
MAS130 Orientation to the Pathophysiology and Psychology of Body Systems 1
MAS210 Aseptic Techniques 1
MAS220 Laboratory Testing in Patient Care Service Centers 1
MAS230 Emergencies in the Medical Office 1.5
MAS240 Applied EKG 1
MAS260 Clinical Procedures 3
MAS265 Administration of Medication 3
MAS274 Administrative Medical Assisting Externship 1
MAS275 Clinical Medical Assisting Externship 2
MAS280 Medical Assisting Program Review 1
PLB109 Phlebotomy: Basic Skills 2
PLB110 Practicum: Fundamental Phlebotomy Skills .5
SPA117 Health Care Spanish I 3
Restricted Electives
Credits:6
FON100 Introductory Nutrition 3
HES100 Healthful Living 3
HES126 Women's Health Issues 3
PSY218 Health Psychology 3
WED100 Personal Wellness 2
WED151 Introduction to Alternative Medicine 3
WED162 Meditation and Wellness 1
WED170 Principles of Homeopathy 1
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 Communication 3
 
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 Psychology 3
 
Natural SciencesCredits 4
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate professional behaviors and accountability. (MAS125, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128,MAS129, MAS130, MAS210, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110)
  2. Describe and apply effective communication skills essential for the health care professional. (MAS125, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS210, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110, SPA117)
  3. Apply ethical guidelines and legal concepts to administrative and clinical practices. (MAS125, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110)
  4. Identify and apply Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations in the physician office. (MAS125, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110, SPA117)
  5. Perform routine administrative procedures such as filing, mail screening, and scheduling. (MAS125, MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, SPA117)
  6. Document incidents and complete variance reports as required by law. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110)
  7. Identify and perform in specified financial operations of an office. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280)
  8. 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, SPA117
  9. Describe the concept and importance of team building in the health care setting. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS129, MAS130, MAS210, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110)
  10. Employ word parts to define selected medical terms. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS130, MAS210, MAS220, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110, SPA117)
  11. Obtain and record all pertinent medical data as directed. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110)
  12. Operate and maintain standard equipment in all areas of the medical office. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110)
  13. Assist clinicians in performing specific clinical procedures. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS129, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, PLB109, PLB110)
  14. Demonstrate aseptic technique and standard precautions in all appropriate settings. (MAS126, MAS127, MAS129, MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, PLB109, PLB110)
  15. Describe workplace delivery systems and the population served. (MAS126, MAS128, MAS260, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, SPA117)
  16. Enter patient data into a computerized system. (MAS127, MAS128, MAS129, MAS274, MAS275)
  17. 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)
  18. Relate the main structures and functions of the body organs and systems to health care practice. (MAS128, MAS130, MAS280, SPA117)
  19. Describe basic anatomy and physiology of the body systems. (MAS128, MAS130, MAS280, SPA117)
  20. Apply knowledge of the body systems and their major physiological functions in the care of the patient. (MAS128, MAS230, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110, SPA117)
  21. Demonstrate effective time management skills. (MAS128, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB110)
  22. Apply principles of basic psychology and interpersonal relations as they apply to interactions in health care settings. (MAS130, MAS280)
  23. Perform tasks related to communicable disease control in a medical setting. (MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS265, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110)
  24. Obtain, process, and test body specimens as directed. (MAS210, MAS220, MAS240, MAS260, MAS274, MAS275, MAS280, PLB109, PLB110)
  25. Perform serologic, hematologic, and chemical diagnostic tests. (MAS210, MAS220, MAS275)
  26. Obtain, prepare, and mount standard electrocardiograms. (MAS240, MAS274, MAS275)
  27. Assess patient's immunization record and administer vaccines according to state guidelines. (MAS265, MAS275)
  28. Apply procedures for infection control, first aid and personal safety. (MAS274, MAS275)

View the Course Plan Sequence information for this MCCCD program on the CCTA website.

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