Medical Assistant – Certificate

The Medical Assistant Certificate 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. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the RMA(AMT) exam.


Minimum credits: 34
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0
Minimum grade in MED courses 2.5
Minimum Jackson College credits:
15

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 120 MA Medical Terminology 3

This course provides an overview of medical terminology to include word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, building of words using word parts, words not built from word parts, common medical abbreviations, and proper spelling and pronunciation of medical terms. This class is not required if a previous medical terminology course has been taken and passed with a 2.5 or higher.

MED 125 Intro to Body Systems 3

This course provides an overview of the anatomy of each body system in relation to the field of medical assisting.

MED 132 Foundations of Clinical Practice 3

This course provides students with an introduction to the medical assistant profession along with basic clinical skills such as aseptic techniques and hand washing, OSHA & blood borne pathogen training, vitals, patient communication, along with nutrition and healthy living.

MED 135 MA Pharmacology and Medical Math 2

The course covers the top 50 prescribed medications along with how to perform math conversions and dosage calculations.

MED 225 MA Clinical Procedures I 4

This course will provide students with the clinical skills necessary to work in a medical practice. Topics will include preparing for exams, patient screening and assessment, cardiology and radiography procedures, physician office lab procedures, and phlebotomy.

MED 235 MA Clinical Procedures II 4

In this course, students will learn the procedures and routines of specialty practices including well child examinations and immunizations, obstetrics/gynecology, geriatrics, administration of medications, along with emergency and surgical procedures.

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 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.

** If you have already taken HOC 115 or if you have a CENA license you do not need to take MED 132.

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 - First 7 Week Session
Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 120 MA Medical Terminology 3

This course provides an overview of medical terminology to include word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, building of words using word parts, words not built from word parts, common medical abbreviations, and proper spelling and pronunciation of medical terms. This class is not required if a previous medical terminology course has been taken and passed with a 2.5 or higher.

MED 125 Intro to Body Systems 3

This course provides an overview of the anatomy of each body system in relation to the field of medical assisting.


SEMESTER 1 - Second 7 Week Session
Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 132 Foundations of Clinical Practice 3

This course provides students with an introduction to the medical assistant profession along with basic clinical skills such as aseptic techniques and hand washing, OSHA & blood borne pathogen training, vitals, patient communication, along with nutrition and healthy living.

MED 135 MA Pharmacology and Medical Math 2

The course covers the top 50 prescribed medications along with how to perform math conversions and dosage calculations.

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.


SEMESTER 2 - First 7 Week Session
Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 225 MA Clinical Procedures I 4

This course will provide students with the clinical skills necessary to work in a medical practice. Topics will include preparing for exams, patient screening and assessment, cardiology and radiography procedures, physician office lab procedures, and phlebotomy.

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 2 - Second 7 Week Session
Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MED 235 MA Clinical Procedures II 4

In this course, students will learn the procedures and routines of specialty practices including well child examinations and immunizations, obstetrics/gynecology, geriatrics, administration of medications, along with emergency and surgical procedures.

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 3
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.