Medical Assisting Technology

The Medical Assisting Program at CBT College includes phlebotomy classes and effectively trains students in the administrative area of health care. Students will learn to schedule and monitor appointments, , arrange outpatient admissions, chart patient information, manage medical records, as well as many other critical skills needed to complete their degree and get medical certifications in the Medical Assistant field.

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An Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting Technology is an increasingly demanding career for those who would like to work in a medical environment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2015. The health care industry is going to expand because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population.

The Program prepares students to be multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically cross- trained in different areas of patient care, which include clinical, laboratory, administrative and basic radiology procedures. As a medical assistant, you perform a wide range of duties for instance medical and surgical asepsis, taking vital signs, assisting physician with examinations and surgery, drawing blood, administering ECGs and administering medications. Administrative duties include patient reception, appointment scheduling, recordkeeping, filing, coding, insurance handling, typing medical correspondence and computer applications. Laboratory functions include specimen collection, performance of basic laboratory tests, and basic X rays procedures. Our Medical Assistant Associate Degree program provides students with practical hands-on training at our well equipped and state of the art laboratories.

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Prepare, educate and provide students with knowledge and skills for certification and employment as a Medical Assistant Professional in both Medical Clinical & Administrative areas as well Entry Level in X rays. (Basic Machine Operator)

Certifications*:
  1. Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  2. Certified EKG Technician (CET)
  3. Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  4. Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)

-Graduates are eligible for taking the Basic X Rays Machine Operator (BXMO) –Florida LICENSE Examination (see FL requirements)

Seminars:
  1. ICD-10 –Entry Level
  2. CPR – BLS by American Heart Association (AHA)
  3. OSHA & HIPAA.

Microsoft Technology Applications

CGS1060 ›

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. Microsoft Word is a word processing program with which you can create common business and personal documents. Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that organizes and calculates accounting-type information. Microsoft Access is a database program that organizes large amounts of information in a useful manner. Finally, Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation graphics program with which you can develop slides to accompany an oral presentation.

Medical Terminology

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This courses introduces medical elements and theirs application to body systems and medical specialties. The students will be introduced to medical terms, including suffixis, roots, prefixes and anatomical terms. The basic body components will also be introduced and associated with the proper terminology.

Anatomy and Physiology

BCS1085 ›

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. These goals are accomplished through a variety of methods such as lecture, visuals, handouts, labeling and visual exercises as well open discussion in the form of questions and answers.

Clinical Procedures

MEA0204 ›

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. Special emphasis will be applied on asepsis and sterilization techniques as well as specialized procedures such as gynecologic, pediatric, ophthalmologic, orthopedics, and audiology.

EKG

MEA1542 ›

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. Students will be trained in performing a 12 leads- EKG, the drugs and side effects affecting EKG.

Phlebotomy

MEA1245 ›

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. Emphasis is placed on infection prevention, Universal Precautions, proper labeling of specimens and quality assurance.

Laboratory Procedures

MEA1256 ›

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. Laboratory areas of importance to be taught are: microbiology, hematology, Urinalysis, blood chemistry and Immunology. Special emphasis will be placed on quality control, assurance programs and safety on laboratory mandated by Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and following proper steps in preventing accidents.

Medical Office Procedures

OST1461 ›

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. Students also will learn Front Office Management procedures focused in reception, telecommunication, and appointments skills along with Financial Management basic principles related to Billing, payroll, and banking/accounting procedures.

Pathophysiology

MEA1203 ›

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.

Pharmacology

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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. Students will be introduced to the care and handling of many medications and receive and awareness of drug related problems.

Radiography

MEA1290 ›

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. The technical terminology to describe the various radiographic positions is introduced.

English Composition I

ENC1100 ›

This course is the first college level English course for students. This course emphasizes the skills necessary to prepare you for college level writing. In this course students will 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. Stress on the building of an active vocabulary and on correct sentence and paragraph structure are also covered.

Ethics PHI2606 ›

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. Topics addressed in this course include: professional ethics (an exploration of professional values and obligations as guided by the American Health Information Management Association [AHIMA] ethical code and its application to situations involving ethical decision making in such areas as protecting privacy and confidentiality); uses of health information and ethical decision making (focusing on ethical issues related to the uses of health information in the areas of coding, quality review, research and decision support, public health, managed care, and end-of-life clinical decisions.);

Medical Coding I

HIM1222 ›

This course provides the student a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from the Official ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding and Reporting Guidelines. The course introduces the student to the basic principles and conventions of ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, illustrates the application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation, and teaches students and physician-based coding personnel how to analyse clinical data for the purpose of coding and reimbursement.

Medical Coding II

HIM1232 ›

This course provides the student a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from the Official ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding and Reporting Guidelines. The course introduces the student to the basic principles and conventions of ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, illustrates the application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation, and teaches students and physician-based coding personnel how to analyse clinical data for the purpose of coding and reimbursement

Medical Insurance & Billing Procedures

HIM1273 ›

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. Topics addressed in this course include: the roles of third party payers in the reimbursement of providers in the health industry; the roles played by medical insurance specialists and HIM professionals in the reimbursement process with private and governmental third party payers; the steps of the billing and reimbursement cycle.

Speech

SPC1013 ›

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 will cover skills and techniques for planning and delivering a presentation, overcoming anxiety, and working with various audiences. Students will also use Microsoft PowerPoint to create and present an automated slide show presentation.

Psychology

CLP1001›

This course is designed for the healthcare 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 healthcare 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.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology and pathology of diseases
  2. Perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records (paper and electronic), and utilization of computer software.
  3. Perform clinical duties such as applying principles of aseptic techniques and infection control, taking vitals and patient histories, collecting and processing specimens, performing CLIA-waived lab testing, performing patient screening, preparing patient and assisting with procedures and exams, administering medications, performing venipuncture and electrocardiograms, and performing basic X rays procedures within the scope of the practice.
  4. Apply knowledge of local, federal, and state health care legislation such as proper documentation and reporting, performing within legal and ethical boundaries, and applying HIPAA rules in maintaining confidentiality and release of information
  5. Manage the facilities, equipment, and inventory of a medical office, while maintaining the highest levels of safety and efficiency
  6. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of computer software.
  7. Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement by Medicare, Medicaid, and medical insurances using diagnostic and procedural coding
  8. Demonstrate professional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  9. Demonstrate professional conduct and apply legal, social, and ethical responsibilities within the health care environment
The outlook for medical assistants is great, and the industry will continue to grow over the years. The number of physician group practices will continue to increase, which will increase the number of job opportunities for a medical assistant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for a medical assistant is expected to grow by 29 percent over the next few years; this is at a much faster average than other occupations. The baby-boom population will continue to age over the years, which will also cause the demand for medical assistants to increase.

Available Campuses

CBT College has five (5) convenient locations in Miami-Dade. All CBT locations are nationally accredited by ACICS, and offer a full time Career Services Department to help student and graduates in their Job Search.

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CBT College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Credits may be transferable to other colleges and Universities using the Florida State Course Numbering System at the discretion of the receiving institution.

1 CBT College’s programs are designed to prepare students for employment in their selected field of study or in related fields. CBT College does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, be eligible for job advancement opportunities or be employed at all. Additional training or certifications may be required to compete in current job market conditions.

2 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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