Medical Assistant Diploma : OverviewThe Medical Assistant Technician Diploma program is designed to prepare students to obtain entry-level employment as medical assistant technicians. This program oﬀers students the opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge and skills both in the classroom and in a supervised clinical practice. Students also learn how to prepare patients for various technical examinations, such as EKG’s and phlebotomies. Students are eligible to sit for a certiﬁcation exam:
- Registered Medical Assistant (AMT)
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Medical Assistant Core Diploma Courses
Success SeminarThis course is designed to inform the student of successful methods for enhancing academic skills, personal life management, and educational navigation and how it is practiced in various personal and professional situations. Assessments provide for reflection and improvement of individuals.
Administrative Office ProceduresStudents learn office procedures such as filing, handling mail, and preparing budgets. Students also learn stress management strategies and the importance of workplace ethics and effective communication in diverse environments. This course explores changes and challenges in the 21st century workplace and the role of the administrative professional within that setting.
Medical Terminology Lecture/LabThis course offers an introduction to medical terms through an analysis of their construction including prefix, suffix, root, connecting and combining forms. The student acquires an understanding of medical meanings applicable to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. Abbreviations and their appropriate usage are represented.
Anatomy and Physiology IThis course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; homeostasis; cytology; histology; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations.
Anatomy and Physiology IIThis course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; Gynecology; the reproductive system, the circulatory system, sensory, lymphatic, and the brain function. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations. Lab included.
Basic Clinical ProceduresThis course is designed to give the student practical basic clinical skills for working in the medical office environment. Some of the areas covered are patient education, communication skills, patient history, vital signs, nutrition and mental health. It also covers assisting the physician with examinations and patient treatment modalities. Lab included.
Lab ProceduresThis course is designed to introduce the student to the microscope, its use, the culturing of specimens, and staining techniques. The student will learn diagnostic testing, have practical experience in hematology, and perform venipuncture on a training arm. Also included are automated laboratory testing routines to familiarize the student in hematological studies. Lab included.
Principles of Pharmacology Lecture/LabThe student will be instructed in the basic rules of preparation and administration of oral/parenteral medications; parts of prescription; commonly prescribed medications; how they affect the body, and why they are prescribed. The student will also practice preparation/ administration of oral/parenteral medications in a simulated environment using a practice mannequin. Occupational safety and health administration guidelines are discussed and strictly adhered to.
CardiologyThis Course is designed to teach the student how to perform a 12-lead Electrocardiogram and to identify life-threatening arrhythmia. The student will complete at least two electrocardiograms and interpret these for class. An overview of other commonly performed cardiovascular studies is also presented. Lab included.
Medical EthicsThis course is designed to inform the student of the legal aspects of their profession and of medicine. Ethics, bioethics, negligence, and the Good Samaritan Statute will be covered. HIPAA and the importance of confidentiality, contracts, and the importance of proper documentation will also be discussed.
Final Certified Medical Assistant Prep & Exam
ExternshipMedical Assistant: The Externship experience provides the student with the opportunity to practice the skills they learned in school. It is a real world scenario in which the student will work with patients, doctors and other members of the health care delivery team. The Externship Coordinator will complete a Mid-Term evaluation tracking the student’s progress, as well as a final evaluation at the completion of the student’s hours. The Externship Coordinator will monitor the student’s progress, along with the Externship site supervisor, with on-site visits being performed. Prerequisite: Must successfully pass competencies assessment. Prerequisites: Must successfully complete all other courses in program.
Medical Assistant Diploma : Benefits
Hands-On ExperiencePrior to graduation, you will gain 160 hours of practical experience in a real medical setting.
Access to RMA CertificationThe Medical Assistant Diploma program can help prepare for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.
Numerous Career OpportunitiesUpon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a diploma in Medical Assistant Technician, and can pursue entry-level employment as a Medical Assistant Technician with a variety of employers in the health care industry, such as:
- Chiropractic offices
- Doctors’ offices
- Medical specialty group practices
- Outpatient surgical facilities
- Sports medicine clinics
- Walk-In clinics
- Weight loss clinics