Medical Assistant – Associate in Applied Science

The Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science program prepares the student for an entry-level position as a medical assistant in a medical office, clinic, hospital or other health care facility. Clinical (diagnostic and treatment), administrative (communication and business) skills and transdisciplinary knowledge and skills are included in the course work. A non-paid externship experience with a licensed health care practitioner is the culmination of the program.

The certificate in medical assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1362 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Phone: 727.210.2350.

Upon completion, the student becomes eligible for the AAMA Medical Assistant Certification exam to be a Certified Medical Assistant [CMA (AAMA)]. The medical assistant certificate program and completion of the general education requirements listed qualifies the student for an Associate in Applied Science – Medical Assistant. Students are welcome to enter this program in any semester, but must meet prerequisite course and grade level requirements to proceed in the program and qualify for MED 252 Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 63
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum grade required in MED 115, MED 116, MED 215, MED 216, MOA 240, MOA 241, MED 251 AND MED 252 2.5
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (21-25 credits)

GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

ENG 132 Writing Experience II 3 ENG 131

This is an intensive writing course. Analytical and persuasive modes are stressed. Advanced research writing strategies are used. Database and primary research methods are emphasized. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

GEO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
COM 231 Communication Fundamentals 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 231)

COM 240 Interpersonal Communication 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 240) Students will learn to improve communication in one-on-one and small group situations. In this course, students will examine basic verbal and non-verbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group and work contexts. Specific units of discussion include intrapersonal perspective, conflict resolution, self-disclosure, message generation, intercultural messages and non-verbal communication.

COM 250 Intercultural Communication 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

(Students cannot receive credit for both COM 250 and COM 350) This course will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. We will discuss the causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning (4 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

GEO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning (4-8 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

BIO 253 and 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8

Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes introductions to basic chemistry, biology and histology and extends to the survey of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. A strong background in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended.

Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

GEO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them (4 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

GEO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Present 3 ENG 085*

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

ENG 210 Introduction to Film 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to film as a visual art and to basic film terms and techniques, such as composition, movement, editing and sound. Readings in film history, genre, theory and criticism. Includes JC Winter Film Series.

ENG 246 Short Story & Novel 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to traditional and contemporary fictional genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation and the critical analysis of narrative art. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation.

ENG 247 Poetry & Drama 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to lyric and dramatic genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of poetry and theatre as language performances and literary forms. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation.

ENG 249 African-American Literature 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Survey of the literature of African-American writers. Emphasis is on the major writers in narrative, poetry, fiction, essay and drama.

ENG 252 Shakespeare 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students read representative plays and are introduced to the Elizabethan world. Course emphasizes developing understanding, appreciation and critical analysis skills.

ENG 254 Children’s Literature 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students survey the various genres of children’s literature from a critical point of view. Course emphasizes developing student competency in oral reading and presentation of children’s literature.

ENG 255 American Literature-19th Century 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students examine the development of a distinctive American literature and culture during the 19th century. Students read selections from many writers, with emphasis on major figures such as Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Emerson, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Douglass and Jacobs.

ENG 256 American Literature-20th Century 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students examine the literature and culture of America from 1890 to the present, with emphasis on the development of organic and post-modern writing in narrative, poetic and critical modes.

HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

Lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms and historic chronology of Western music.

THR 116 Introduction to Theatre 3 ENG 085*

Survey of Western theatre and drama. Appreciation of theatre through understanding of historical development and societal function. Theatre architecture, production, costuming and acting styles, and the artists who create them.

GEO 7: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures

Program courses meet this requirement.

RELATED REQUIREMENTS (3 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 140 Public Health and Disease 3 ENG 085* ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This lecture/discussion course provides an evidence-based approach to the concepts of public health. Topics covered include infectious and non-infectious diseases along with genetic and environmental factors in health and disease. Students will explore local and national public health resources with an emphasis on how public health data can be used to inform decisions about their own health.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (35 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HOC 150 Electronic Health Records Specialist 3 ENG 085 and MAT 020 or Higher, CIS 095

This course provides students with skills necessary to work with Electronic Health Records. This course is ideal for those currently working in the health field or those looking to enter into a health-related program who are hoping to learn more about key concepts and the use of Electronic Health Records in the medical setting. Topics include the cost and needs to consider when implementing an EHR system, how to utilize an EHR system to meet government requirements and medical practice needs, and practical application of various EHR tasks. The course will also cover basic medical terminology and basic medical coding principles. Students who complete this course with a passing grade will be eligible to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist exam.

MED 115 Foundations of Clinical Practice 5 CIS 095, ENG 131, MAT 031* or higher, MOA 120 and, BIO 132 or BIO 254, or MOA 141 or LPN 141

This course provides students with an introduction to the medical assistant profession along with instruction on basic clinical skills such as aseptic techniques and hand washing, OSHA & Blood borne pathogen training, documentation, patient interviews and patient history, vitals, performing inventory and equipment maintenance, using the electronic health record, and an overview of pharmacology with a focus on the top 50 prescribed medications. .

MED 116 Physical Exams & Diagnostic Testing 3 CIS 095, ENG 131, MAT 031* or higher, MOA 120, and BIO 132 or BIO 254, or MOA 141 or LPN 141

Through two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week students will learn clinical practices that will include: assisting patients with special needs, assisting with the physical exam, eye and ear procedures, EKG, pulmonary testing, FOBT/Colonoscopy, diagnostic imaging, patient education and community resources.

MED 215 Specialty Exams and Treatments 3 MOA 112, MED 115 and MED 116

Through two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week, the student will learn clinical practices, procedures and routines including: well child examinations and immunizations, obstetrics/gynecology, male health, geriatrics, orthopedics and administration of medications.

MED 216 Surgical Procedures and Lab Testing 3 MOA 112, MED 115 and MED 116

Through two hours of lecture and three hours of lab students will learn and become competent in minor office surgery and surgical asepsis, CLIA laws, lab specimen collection and medical lab testing, microscopy, phlebotomy and professional and personal emergency preparedness.

MED 251 Medical Assistant Capstone 3 MED 215, MED 216

This capstone medical assistant course will assist the graduate in preparation to sit for the national certification exam. Students will also compile a program portfolio along with creating an e-Portfolio to prepare for securing a position in the field. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation.

MED 252 Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum 3 Instructor Permission Required

This clinical practicum provides an opportunity for a non-paid practical experience working in a qualified licensed health care practitioner’s office or clinic. The student will perform both clinical and administrative medical assisting while being supervised and evaluated by the office staff and monitored by the instructor. The student will also complete assignments via the virtual classroom.

MOA 112 Medical Law and Ethics 3 CIS 095* and ENG 090*

Principles and concepts of medical law and bioethics, as well as an overview of health care financing through third party payers are the main focus of this course. Topics include: medical practice management, medical law, liability and malpractice prevention, health information management, HIPAA and confidentiality of patient information, employment practices, consent, billing collections, insurance and government healthcare programs, codes of ethics and contemporary bioethical issues.

MOA 120 Medical Terminology 3 ENG 085*

A programmed learning word building system approach is used to teach basic medical terminology word roots, prefixes, suffixes, language origins, plural formation and grammar rules are studied. Emphasis is placed on word building, definitions, spelling, usage, pronunciation and acceptable medical abbreviations.

MOA 240 Medical Office Procedures 3

Through written and computerized medical office simulations the student will learn basic concepts and medical administrative practices. Topics include: medical office health information management, oral and written communication skills, patient account management, bookkeeping and accounting practices, electronic transmission of data, preparation of correspondence, understanding document content and use, reception and telephone etiquette, appointment scheduling and legal issues. Prerequisites: CIS 095, ENG 131, MOA 112 or MED 112 and MOA 120

MOA 241 Principles of Medical Coding and Billing 3 ENG 131, CIS 095, MOA 120, BIO 132

Study principles and practices in health information management as it relates to documentation for medical billing. Introduction to ICD and CPT coding, private insurance, and government program claim processing, legal and healthcare finance issues, HIPAA and release of information guidelines are emphasized.

Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.

SEMESTER 1

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

MOA 120 Medical Terminology 3 ENG 085*

A programmed learning word building system approach is used to teach basic medical terminology word roots, prefixes, suffixes, language origins, plural formation and grammar rules are studied. Emphasis is placed on word building, definitions, spelling, usage, pronunciation and acceptable medical abbreviations.

SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

SEMESTER 2

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MOA 112 Medical Law and Ethics 3 CIS 095* and ENG 090*

Principles and concepts of medical law and bioethics, as well as an overview of health care financing through third party payers are the main focus of this course. Topics include: medical practice management, medical law, liability and malpractice prevention, health information management, HIPAA and confidentiality of patient information, employment practices, consent, billing collections, insurance and government healthcare programs, codes of ethics and contemporary bioethical issues.

MED 115 Foundations of Clinical Practice 5 CIS 095, ENG 131, MAT 031* or higher, MOA 120 and, BIO 132 or BIO 254, or MOA 141 or LPN 141

This course provides students with an introduction to the medical assistant profession along with instruction on basic clinical skills such as aseptic techniques and hand washing, OSHA & Blood borne pathogen training, documentation, patient interviews and patient history, vitals, performing inventory and equipment maintenance, using the electronic health record, and an overview of pharmacology with a focus on the top 50 prescribed medications. .

MED 116 Physical Exams & Diagnostic Testing 3 CIS 095, ENG 131, MAT 031* or higher, MOA 120, and BIO 132 or BIO 254, or MOA 141 or LPN 141

Through two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week students will learn clinical practices that will include: assisting patients with special needs, assisting with the physical exam, eye and ear procedures, EKG, pulmonary testing, FOBT/Colonoscopy, diagnostic imaging, patient education and community resources.

MOA 240 Medical Office Procedures 3

Through written and computerized medical office simulations the student will learn basic concepts and medical administrative practices. Topics include: medical office health information management, oral and written communication skills, patient account management, bookkeeping and accounting practices, electronic transmission of data, preparation of correspondence, understanding document content and use, reception and telephone etiquette, appointment scheduling and legal issues. Prerequisites: CIS 095, ENG 131, MOA 112 or MED 112 and MOA 120

SEMESTER 3

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HOC 150 Electronic Health Records Specialist 3 ENG 085 and MAT 020 or Higher, CIS 095

This course provides students with skills necessary to work with Electronic Health Records. This course is ideal for those currently working in the health field or those looking to enter into a health-related program who are hoping to learn more about key concepts and the use of Electronic Health Records in the medical setting. Topics include the cost and needs to consider when implementing an EHR system, how to utilize an EHR system to meet government requirements and medical practice needs, and practical application of various EHR tasks. The course will also cover basic medical terminology and basic medical coding principles. Students who complete this course with a passing grade will be eligible to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist exam.

NRS 145 Normal/Therapeutic Nutrition 3 ENG 085

Basic nutritional concepts are presented with emphasis on application to patient care. Selected nutritional disorders and fundamentals of diet therapy are also included.

MED 215 Specialty Exams and Treatments 3 MOA 112, MED 115 and MED 116

Through two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week, the student will learn clinical practices, procedures and routines including: well child examinations and immunizations, obstetrics/gynecology, male health, geriatrics, orthopedics and administration of medications.

MED 216 Surgical Procedures and Lab Testing 3 MOA 112, MED 115 and MED 116

Through two hours of lecture and three hours of lab students will learn and become competent in minor office surgery and surgical asepsis, CLIA laws, lab specimen collection and medical lab testing, microscopy, phlebotomy and professional and personal emergency preparedness.

MOA 241 Principles of Medical Coding and Billing 3 ENG 131, CIS 095, MOA 120, BIO 132

Study principles and practices in health information management as it relates to documentation for medical billing. Introduction to ICD and CPT coding, private insurance, and government program claim processing, legal and healthcare finance issues, HIPAA and release of information guidelines are emphasized.

SEMESTER 4

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 251 Medical Assistant Capstone 3 MED 215, MED 216

This capstone medical assistant course will assist the graduate in preparation to sit for the national certification exam. Students will also compile a program portfolio along with creating an e-Portfolio to prepare for securing a position in the field. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation.

MED 252 Medical Assistant Clinical Practicum 3 Instructor Permission Required

This clinical practicum provides an opportunity for a non-paid practical experience working in a qualified licensed health care practitioner’s office or clinic. The student will perform both clinical and administrative medical assisting while being supervised and evaluated by the office staff and monitored by the instructor. The student will also complete assignments via the virtual classroom.

PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

SEMESTER 5

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 140 Public Health and Disease 3 ENG 085* ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This lecture/discussion course provides an evidence-based approach to the concepts of public health. Topics covered include infectious and non-infectious diseases along with genetic and environmental factors in health and disease. Students will explore local and national public health resources with an emphasis on how public health data can be used to inform decisions about their own health.

COM 250 Intercultural Communication 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

(Students cannot receive credit for both COM 250 and COM 350) This course will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. We will discuss the causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively.

HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.