Medical Assisting

MEDA-105: Health Occupations Mathematics, Credits = 5
Intensive practical math designed for individuals entering the health occupations industry. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score and instructor permission. Recommended: MATH 72B or OCSUP 106.

MEDA-110: Human Body Structure and Function in Health and Disease I, Credits = 5
Integration of basic structure and functions of the human body with disease processes that can affect body systems. This is the first of two human structure and function classes and includes an introduction to cellular function, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, neurologic, sensory, and digestive systems. Included are common diagnostic tests, treatments and possible prognoses for common disease processes that can affect each system. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

MEDA-114: Therapeutic Relationships, Credits = 2
Emphasizes the importance of communication in the medical setting. Students will learn to utilize well-defined professional skills to increase the effectiveness of communication between themselves and their patients. Topics discussed will include how cultural influences, biases, and prejudices may affect interactions; listening skills; verbal and non-verbal communication; roadblocks to effective communication; and interview techniques. Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assisting program. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

MEDA-120: Human Body Structure and Function in Health and Disease II, Credits = 5
Second of two human structure and function classes for the Medical Assisting program. Included is a discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system, hemodynamics, the heart, circulation and blood vessels, immunity and the lymphatic system, respiratory system, urinary system, and reproductive system. Common diagnostic tests/treatments, pharmacological agents, and possible prognoses for common disease processes are included. Prerequisite: MEDA 110.

MEDA-125: Clinical Procedures, Credits = 10
Provides a foundation in basic patient exam techniques and minor procedures, and basic diagnostic laboratory techniques and procedures commonly performed in the physician's office or clinic. The lab portion of this course provides practice in the above techniques. Prerequisite: MEDA 120.

MEDA-140: Medical Law and Ethics, Credits = 2
Introduction to the legal and ethical side of medical settings. This course exposes the student to legal concepts, including standard of care, criminal and civil acts, contracts, negligence, ethical concepts, confidentiality, and scope of practice for health care professionals. Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assisting program. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

MEDA-144: Medical Office Administrative Procedures, Credits = 5
Explores the flow of information in a medical office. Electronic Medical Record, a scheduling program, Office Hours, and MS Word software programs are utilized to process information and produce typical medical office documents, financial records, and insurance claims. Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assisting program.

MEDA-145: Office Emergencies for Medical Assistants, Credits = 1
Recognize emergencies and distinguish between emergency and non-emergency situations. It gives the student the knowledge and theory for appropriate response to office/clinic emergencies. Includes instruction in emergency response guidelines, documentation and emergency recordkeeping, recognizing victims of abuse and neglect, sudden illness, cardiac emergencies, CPR, psychological issues related to emergency response and burnout. Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assisting program. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

MEDA-149: Medical Insurance Procedures For Medical Assisting, Credits = 5
Provides a basic introduction to accurate billing procedures in the medical office and medical coding procedures used to obtain reimbursement for medical procedures or services. Billing topics include different types of health insurance, and preparation of insurance claim form, applying third party payor guidelines and collection procedures. Coding topics will include the proper application of CPT, ICD-9-CM and HCPCS coding along with an introduction to ICD-10-CM. Admission to the Medical Assisting Program students.

MEDA-191: Medical Assisting Practicum, Credits = 1 - 7
Opportunity for students to use the skills they have acquired throughout the Medical Assisting program in a medical office or clinic. Co-requisite: MEDA 192.

MEDA-192: Medical Assisting Seminar, Credits = 2
This hybrid seminar meets once a week and online for those students enrolled in MEDA 191. Students will discuss the weeks experiential activities in the clinical setting as well as the legal and ethical issues encountered, and will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive input from the instructor. Creation of resumes and job interviewing skills will be introduced. Additionally, students will receive guidance and preparation for participation in post-graduation certification examinations. Prerequisite: Completion of first three quarters of MA program. Co-requisite: MEDA 191.