A.S. Medical Assisting Technology
This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to use a computer to practice four of the most popular programs within the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). You will learn to be an intermediate level user of the Microsoft Office Suite.
This course introduces medical elements and their applications to body systems and medical specialties. The student will be introduced to medical terms, including suffixes, roots, prefixes and anatomical terms. The basic body components will also be introduced and associated with the proper terminology.
Students are introduced to the structure and function of the human organ systems as an integral part of the medical field. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the human body structures and normal functioning of each structural system., as well as what takes place when the body’s homeostasis is unbalanced.
This course introduces the Medical Assistant student to the general procedures performed in the medical office. Students will learn to take vital signs, medical histories prepare the patients for treatments and explain the treatment and assist physician during general physical examinations. Additional skills include but not limited to suture removal, medication administration and most common physical therapies procedures.
The electrocardiography is a non-invasive test on the heart using an electrical machine that measures the electrical impulses of the heart in tracings. This course teaches the variations in the electrical potential produced by the heart and is used to diagnose irregularities in heart function. This course provides recognition of emergencies in the EKG graph that will alert the physician to determine the need for possible further invasive testing.
The skill of Phlebotomy is taught through didactic, laboratory (manikins) and hands-on (clinical) experiences. The students are trained to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper technique and precautions, including but not limited to: vacuum collection devices, syringe and needle, capillary skin puncture for Hematocrit determination, winged needles (butterfly) and other special diagnostic tests such as blood cultures specimen collection for all age categories, bleeding time determination and drug screening.
This Course introduces the Medical Assistant student to the most common Physician Office Laboratory Procedures (POL) including proper use of equipment, supplies, asepsis techniques, proper transportation as well preparation/examination of samples, recognizing normal and abnormal lab. Values.
This course will provide students with skills and knowledge needed to perform entry level administrative duties on Information Management such as use of medical office equipment, computer programs proficiency (medisoft, office hours, EMR software, and others), medical records management, and medical transcription.
This course emphasizes the fundamentals of the human disease process introducing important pathologic concepts and terminology associated with emphasis in etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, clinical course, treatment and prognosis. This will include the study of the major diseases associated with each body system. Prerequisite: HSC1531: Medical Terminology MEA1245 and BSC1085: Anatomy and Physiology.
This course provides students the principles of Pharmacology and general drug classifications, characteristics, indications, side effects and interactions. A special emphasis will be placed on generic names understanding and drugs used for the most common pathologies.
This course will orient the student to the radiology department and the health care environment. In addition, the student will learn various methods for reducing occupational and patient exposure to ionizing radiation. It provides the student with positioning instructions and routines for thoracic, abdominal cavity and upper extremity radiographs.
This course provides the student with a comprehensive view of the coding fundamentals of ICD-9-CM classification system for reporting medical outpatient and inpatient diagnoses and for reporting hospital inpatient procedures and operations. This course focuses on the history, format, conventions, guidelines and appropriate assignment of codes from the ICD- 9-CM classification system.
This course provides the student with a comprehensive view to the nomenclature and classification systems known as Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). This course concentrates on the accurate use of CPT for procedural and operative coding. This course also concentrates on the accurate use of HCPCS for Medicare’s Level II national coding used to bill for ambulance, medical and surgical supplies, durable medical equipment, etc.
This course provides the student with a comprehensive and in depth view of medical insurance, billing and claims processing. This course focuses on the major private and governmental plans and their reimbursement methodologies. Preor Co-requisite: Medical Coding II.
This course is designed for the health care provider in order to better understand and work with patients in different stages of illness, as well as understand self and human behavior in general, with the goal to provide higher quality of health care deliverance. The students will be exposed to basis of individual psychology and how life events impact how we perceive ourselves and others. In addition, students will learn about reactions to change, challenging events and loss, with emphasis on emotional states such as anxiety, depression, anger and grief.
The course includes theories and practices in oral communication and speech writing, and the process of oral communication in all types of organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of effective oral communication, with an emphasis on delivering effective presentations.
This course provides a comprehensive view of the ethical challenges that health information professionals may face in their complex work environments and the need to understand and apply ethical decision-making to them.
This course will allow students to develop an understanding of good, college level writing with an emphasis on exposition and the research essay. Oral and written communications of impressions and judgments concerning assigned readings in the essay and allied genre are required. There is stress on the building of an active vocabulary and on correct sentence and paragraph structure.