Medical Assisting5 Semester Program for full-time students. Part time program also available.
One Associate of Applied Science degree, one Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree, and one Bachelor of Applied Technology degree are available.
This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to:1. Help physicians examine and treat patients and
2. Perform routine tasks to keep offices running smoothly.
3. Deal with the public, schedule appointments, process insurance claims, perform bookkeeping duties, etc.
4. Perform some transcription of medical reports and perform a wide variety of other clerical tasks.
Graduates will also take and record vital signs and medical histories, explain treatment procedures to patients, prepare patients for examination, assist during the examination, collect blood and specimen samples, and perform basic lab procedures.
The ISU College of Technology Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756; (727) 210-2350; www.caahep.org), upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). The program’s accreditation status is current.
NOTE: Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, are not eligible to take the CMA Exam. However, the Certifying Board may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances.
For Program Information Packets, use this link, where there are descriptions of each program in general, course descriptions, lists of course sequences, and the cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, and other expenses.
The Medical Assistant Curriculum is sequenced to provide the student with the best possible learning experience. Students who do not complete proper class sequence each semester will not progress to the next semester. ALL classes must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher to progress to any Clinical or Externship course.
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
The following courses must be completed with a "C" or better in each identified course.
HO 105 Introduction to
Allied Health Careers 2 cr
HO 106 Medical Terminology 2 cr
HO 107 Medical Law and Ethics 3 cr
HO 208 Introduction to Pathology 3 cr
HO 209 Basic Principles of Drugs
and Their Uses 3 cr
HO 111 Introduction to Anatomy
and Physiology 4 cr
Anatomy and Physiology, and Labs 8 cr
HIT 208 ICD9-CM Coding 3 cr
HIT 209 CPT Coding 3 cr
MA 104 Introduction to Medical
Assisting Administrative I 4 cr
MA 200 Clinical Medical Assisting I 4 cr
MA 202 Phebotomy and Administration
of Medications 4 cr
MA 203 Computers in Medical Assisting 4 cr
MA 204 Clinical Externship 8 cr
MA 205 Clinical Medical Assisting II 4 cr
MA 206 Administrative Externship 4 cr
MA 207 Professional Development 1 cr
OT 170 Introduction to Computers 3 cr
Elective Credits:HO 204 Medical Transcription 4 cr
General Education Requirements:
The following General Education courses and any goal class taken in conjunction with a bachelor's degree must have an accumulated GPA of 2.0 or better.BIOL 101,101L Biology I, and Lab 4 crCourses
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 cr
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3 cr
MATH 123 Mathematics in Modern Society 3 cr
PSYC 101 Introduction to General Psychology 3 cr
TOTAL: 75-80 cr
MA 104 Introduction to Medical Assisting Administrative I 4 credits. An introduction to the administrative skills and functions of the Medical Assistant in the medical office, which include: communications, appointment scheduling, accounting, insurance processing, and management skills. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. F
MA 200 Clinical Medical Assisting 4 credits. Course includes vitals; medical asepsis and health maintenance; disinfection and sterilization procedures; charting; assisting with examinations and minor surgery; application and removal of bandages, dressings, and casts; therapy modalities; patient education. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. F
MA 201 Pharmacology For Allied Health 2 credits. This course is designed for the health professional working outside of the hospital setting. This course reviews mathematical computations used in computing dosages. It introduces legislation relating to drugs, drug references, drug classifications and actions. The function of vitamins and minerals is covered as well as the subject of substance abuse. The effects of medications in the body systems details how specific drugs act on the body system. PREREQ: HO 106, BIOL 301, and BIOL 302. S
MA 202 Administration of Medications and Phlebotomy 4 credits. Covers routes of administration and the proper delivery of medication by those routes. Medications and rules of administration are discussed. Includes phlebotomy skills and safety requirements for hematology, chemistry, and serology. Principles and theory of IV Therapy are also covered. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. S
MA 203 Advanced Coding and Computers in Medical Assisting 4 credits.Data entry of patient information, accounting, scheduling, insurance filing. Complete, accurate computer accounting process. Simulated computer exercises in functions pertaining to the medical office, advanced coding, and abstracting patient information from medical records. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. S
MA 204 Clinical Externship 8 credits. Application of the principles and practice of medical assisting in an external learning environment/externship of a medical practice under the supervision of a physician and the medical practice staff. PREREQ: All other MA required courses (including general education and HO courses). F, S
MA 205 Clinical Medical Assisting II 4 credits.Course includes assisting with specialty exams and procedures, radiology, diagnostic CLIA waived lab testing and screening; EKGs, spirometry, specimen collection; urinalysis, microscopic testing, and OSHA regulations are covered. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence. S
MA 206 Administrative Externship 4 credits. Application of the principles and practice of the administrative clerical functions of a medical office in an external learning/externship environment under the supervision of a physician and the business management staff. PREREQ: All other MA required courses (including general education and HO courses). F, S
MA 207 Professional Development 1 credit. Principles and applied techniques for Medical Assisting professional career development. Preparation for transition from school to the work place. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence, and OT 170. S
MA 298 Special Topics 1-8 credits. This course is designed to address the specific needs of individuals. It will enable students to upgrade their technical skills through part-time enrollment in units of instruction that are currently available through the program's full-time pre-employment curriculum. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D
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Revised: June 2004