Medical Assistant Certificate Course Outline


The Institute’s Medical Assistant program has an overall objective to prepare the student for an entry level position in the medical field with an emphasis on back office clinical procedures.

This program is available both day and evening, meeting five times per week. The program meets approximately 5 hours per class session for a total of 24 hours per week. Students are required to take Employment Preparation and Communication & Customer Relations courses. This brings the program’s length to 32 semester credit hours or 760 classroom hours. The program comprises of approximately 32 weeks of instruction for both day and evening programs.

Course Number Course Title Total Hours Academic Semester Credit Hours
CP100 Computers Essentials 30 1
MA140 Medical Terminology 90 5
MA150 Anatomy and Physiology 90 4
MA100 Medical Billing and Front Office 60 4
MA180 Medical Law & Ethic 60 3
MA200 Clinical Procedure I 90 3
MA201 Clinical Procedure II 90 3
EX100 Externship Medical Assistant 160 3
EN100 Communication & Customer Relations 60 3
EP101 Employment Preparation 30 1
  TOTAL 760 32


Course Descriptions:

CP100 Computer Essentials (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to basic computer concepts using Windows Operating Systems and Microsoft Office Applications. Students get an overview of computing concepts and the basics of an Operating System. Students work with Microsoft Word to create, edit, and format standard word processing documents. Basic file management techniques are introduced to organize, store, and retrieve files and documents. Students move on to using Internet applications such as email, web search engines and networking and examine issues of internet security and privacy. Microsoft Office applications such as Excel will be introduced and via brief overview MS Office applications to create flyers, reports, tables and presentation graphics.

MA100 Billing and the Front Office (Prerequisite: MA140, 4 Semester Credit Hours)
Instruction presented in this course is directly related to the duties that are performed in the medical office setting. Emphasis is placed on medical law and ethics, communications, billing and coding, healthcare insurances, patient registration, quality assurance, problem solving techniques, and time and stress management. Students will explore and discuss work ethics and human relations, patient appointment scheduling, medical filing and medical record management.

MA140 Medical Terminology (No prerequisite, 5 Semester Credit Hours)
This course is designed to instruct students in basic knowledge of human body parts, their functions, and diseases. Signs and symptoms leading to a diagnosis and treatment plan will be introduced. The main focus of the course will be the development of a beginner’s medical vocabulary consisting of pronunciation, spelling, and meaning of root words, word parts, prefixes and suffixes.

MA150 Anatomy and Physiology (Prerequisite: MA140, 4 Semester Credit Hours)
The educational tour of the human body continues, with emphasis placed on the normal state in comparison to the various systemic disorders. At the completion of this course the student will have a solid understanding of all the body’s organs which will provide a better understanding of human anatomy.

MA180 Medical Law and Ethics (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course will teach students to analyze and define the ethics, etiquettes, and origins of medical liabilities. Students will discuss the principles of medical ethics as they apply to physician/patient and medical staff relationships. By examining medical laws and how they relate to general requirements for licensing of a physician, students will learn about the meaning of implied, informed, and written consent governing medical facilities and hospitals. Students will also learn to determine appropriate behavior and respond to requested information about a patient.

MA200 Clinical Procedures I (Prerequisites: MA140, MA150, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course provides an overview of the clinical component of working in the medical office. In addition, both the theory and practical application for student attainment of the entry-level competencies for the Medical Assistant are taught. Course content includes fundamental procedures, universal precautions, nutrition, vital signs, patient education skills, patient assessment: new and established, assisting in primary and specialty examinations, specimen collection, pharmacology, patient care and medical office operational functions, immunology and diagnostic imaging.

MA201 Clinical Procedures II (Prerequisites: MA140, MA150 prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course continues the theoretical investigation of patient care with an increased emphasis placed on procedures and clinical competencies. Practical applications for student attainment of entry-level competencies are taught. The student will receive hands-on training in venipuncture, EKGs, minor surgery and instrumentation recognition, medical office emergencies, and an array of laboratory procedures.

EX100 Externship-Medical Assistant (Prerequisites: MA140, MA150, MA100, MA200, MA201, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
The student externship is designed to provide the student with supervised, practical hands-on and observational experiences in an authentic healthcare work environment. Students will experience and administer actual on-site clinical patient care and medical office procedure services.

EN100 Communication & Customer Relations (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to effective written & verbal communication. They will explore the language of global business, alongside the study of leadership, management and communication across national boundaries with cultural understanding and awareness. In addition, this course provides students with the foundation of sound customer service and customer relations.

EP101 Employment Preparation (No prerequisite, l Semester Credit Hour)
In this seminar students are taught how to conduct a job search, including locating sources of employment, writing letters of application, creating a resume, and interviewing for a job with necessary follow-up procedures.