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)

  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)

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

Medical Coding I

HIM1222 ›

This course provides the student with a comprehensive training in the application of diagnostic codes from the ICD-9-CM and the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. This course focuses on the history, format, conventions, guidelines and appropriate assignment of codes from the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM classification systems. Diagnostic clinical information is identified and abstracted from health records in various healthcare settings (outpatient and inpatient) and assigned the appropriate, accurate and specific ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes. This course includes supervised lab instruction of simulation practice exercises (virtual lab).
Pre-requisite: HSC1531 Medical Terminology and BSC1085 Anatomy & Physiology.

Medical Coding II

HIM1232 ›

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. CPT and HCPCS procedural/operative clinical information, in addition to diagnostic clinical information, is identified and abstracted from health records and assigned the appropriate, accurate and specific procedural/operative and diagnostic codes for third party billing. This course includes supervised lab instruction of simulation practice exercises (virtual lab).
Pre-or Co-requisite: HIM1222 Medical Coding I

Medical Insurance & Billing Procedures

HIM 1273 ›

This course introduces the major types of medical insurance, payers, and regulators, as well as the medical billing cycle including HIPAA/HITECH Privacy, Security, and Electronic Health Care Transactions, Code Sets, and Breach Notification Rules. The class will provide students with the knowledge in correct coding procedures, using coding references, complying with proper linkage guidelines, general procedures for calculating reimbursement, how to bill compliantly, and preparing and transmitting claims. Student will learn major third-party private and government –sponsored payers’ procedures and regulations along with specific filing guidelines. Also they will learn how to handle payments from payers, follow up and appeal claims, and correctly bill and collect from patients. In addition, students will reinforce knowledge by completing primary/secondary claims, processing payments from payers, and handling patients’ accounts. Additional topics covered in this class are hospital billing (including the PPS systems for the different kinds of healthcare settings: inpatient (DRGs, MS-DRGs, IPPS, etc.), outpatient (OPPS, APCs, APGs), and other Medicare and private payer PPS systems (skilled nursing facilities, home health, inpatient rehabilitation, and private payers). Special emphasis is placed on the E.H.R. –based workflow presented in the medical documentation and billing cycle used in the PM/E.H.R. and other new regulations, guidelines and legal aspects.

Anatomy & Physiology

BSC1085 ›

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 as open discussion in the form of questions and answers.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HSC1531 Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

HSC1531 ›

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. These terms will be applied to common medical specialties.
Prerequisite: None


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.
Prerequisite: HSC1531 Medical Terminology and BSC1085Anatomy & Physiology.


HSC2149 ›

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.
Pre-requisite: MEA1203 Pathophysiology


PHI2606 ›

This course is an introduction to the major ethical theories and principles although it provides some guidelines about main issues of applied ethics as well. It describes also concepts of morality, codes of conduct, moral judgments and how religious ethics an affect one’s moral character. The course emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of the ethical challenges that healthcare professionals may face in their complex work environment and the need to understand and apply ethical decision making to them. Contemporary topics addressed include ethics committees, ethics of disaster planning and response, human genetic information and the future of ethics.

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.
Prerequisite: MEA0204 Clinical Procedures


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. Students will be taught specimen handling and processing.
Prerequisite: MEA0204 Clinical Procedures


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 testing. Students will be trained in performing a correct 12 lead EKG, cardiac drugs affecting this test, rhythm recognition, cause of artifacts and correction, and patient preparation. The course also will cover Holter monitoring, Pulmonary Function Testing, Oximetry and their importance and application in any clinical setting.
Pre-requisite: MEA 0204 Clinical Procedures.

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.Special emphasis is placed in Facilities and Operations Management which includes safety, office Arrangement and general management and supervision of medical practices. General introductions to Insurance Claims Management including coding systems are also addressed.
Prerequisite: None


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. Finally, students will learn key issues in health promotion, including why patients seek or fail to seek help, and what influences compliance and non-compliance. Additional issues such as links between psychological factors and physical well-being will be presented.


MEA1290 ›

This course will orient the student to the radiology department and the health care environment. Also, 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. The focus is on obtaining a consistently high quality radiograph with minimum exposure to the patient.
Prerequisite: MEA 0204 Clinical Procedures

English Composition I

ENG 1100 ›

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.

Microsoft Technology

CGS1060 ›

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Office 2010. It will feature four distinct programs: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook. In MS Word, the student will learn how to create and edit and format documents, and format text and paragraphs. In MS Excel, the student will learn to work with formulas and functions, format a worksheet, and to work with charts. In MS PowerPoint, the student will create/modify a presentation, insert objects into a presentation, and finish a presentation. In MS Outlook, the student will be trained in the usage of e-mail and the management of information the application. There are some activities that integrate some of these applications which are very beneficial for students who will use these applications in the real working environment.

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.

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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 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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