Graduates of the Medical Assisting course will have theoretical instruction and practical skills that prepare students to obtain entry-level, medical assistant positions in a physician’s office or healthcare facility. Upon completion of the course, students will be trained to effectively perform administrative medical office duties and will be familiar with many clinical procedures.
Instruction Pack I introduces students to the medical assistant career. Students learn how to handle many common medical front office procedures—from scheduling appointments to prioritizing data to filing methods. Students gain a strong foundation in medical terminology. Additionally, students discover the role medical records play and gain a basic understanding of electronic records. Students also work with common first-aid situations and procedures that they may deal with as medical assistants. After examining common clinical equipment, students practice interpersonal communication skills—both verbal and written.
Instruction Pack II provides students an overview of human anatomy. Students learn to properly explain, take and record patients’ vital signs with the help of their Virtual Lab. In addition, students learn basic OSHA and CDC safety regulations and procedures for the medical office—from the reception area to emergency procedures. Students discover the basics of how health insurance works and get hands-on practice creating patient profiles and scheduling appointments with cloud-based software. Students wrap up by learning how to assist with patient exams.
Instruction Pack III begins with important ethical and legal issues that they may encounter. Then, students are introduced to the clinic, where students examine their role in assisting with blood and body fluid testing procedures. Students’ front-office skills grow with information on coordination of benefits, timely filing and claims reimbursement. Students learn nutrition basics and how what a person eats influences overall health. They also learn to apply an understanding of how the mind works to a career as a medical assistant. Finally, students continue in the lab with bacterial testing and common bacterial diseases.
Instruction Pack IV allows students to become familiar with common patient therapies, such as ROM exercises, hot and cold treatments and treatments that patients can use at home. Students then discover the basics of pharmacology and how to assist with special examinations. Students learn assisting skills for minor surgical procedures, as well as how to prepare and administer medications. The course concludes with a real-world practicum on all aspects of the Medical Assisting course.