Medical Assistant Technician Diploma

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Program Description

The Medical Assistant Technician Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to obtain entry-level employment as a medical assistant technician. This program offers students the opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge and skills both in the classroom and in a supervised clinical practice. The students learn how to prepare patients for various technical examinations such as EKGs and phlebotomy, as well as how to perform several such procedures.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Clinical Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Registered Medical Assistant

Credential Earned

Medical Assistant Technician Diploma

Related Certifications

  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Duration of the Program

9 Months | 46 quarter credit hours
Total Contact Hours: 740
Lecture Hours: 220
Lab Hours: 420
Externship Hours: 100

Core Courses

Medical Office Procedures

In this course, students will learn medical office procedures such as filing, handling mail, and preparing budgets. They will 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 medical office workplace and the role of the administrative professional within that setting.

Anatomy and Physiology with Medical Terminology I

In this course, students will be immersed in a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, while being introduced to medical terminology. They will study the levels of body organization and homeostasis, histology, and cytology, as well as the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, and special senses systems. Students will learn the medical terms by studying the meanings of their basic components, including prefixes, suffixes, and roots, in addition to special numerical, positional, condition, and procedure terms. They will gain in depth understanding of the principles of anatomy and physiology by studying the human body structures, their functions and diseases, paired with the correct terms and abbreviations used to designate them.

Anatomy and Physiology with Medical Terminology II

In this course, students will continue a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, while expanding their knowledge in medical terminology. Topics covered include the levels of body organization, gynecologic conditions, the reproductive, circulatory, sensory, and lymphatic systems, and an overview of the brain function. Students will acquire the medical terms pertinent to each topic by studying the meanings of their basic components, including prefixes, suffixes, and roots, in addition to special numerical, positional, condition, and procedure terms. They will gain in depth understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the systems examined by studying their structures, functions and diseases, along with the correct terms and abbreviations used to designate them.

Clinical Procedures

This course is designed to teach the student practical clinical skills for working in the medical office environment. Some of the areas covered are patient education, communication skills, patient history, and vital signs. Students will also learn how to assist the physician with examinations and patient treatment modalities.

 

Laboratory Procedures

This course introduces students to the microscope and its use, culturing of specimens, and staining techniques. They will learn diagnostic testing, have practical experience in hematology, and perform venipuncture, meeting the requirements for phlebotomy certification. Students will also learn about automated laboratory testing routines used in hematological studies.

Introduction to Pharmacology

In this course, students will be instructed in the basic rules of preparation and administration of oral/parenteral medications; parts of a prescription; commonly prescribed medications, how they affect the body, and why they are prescribed. They will also practice the preparation and administration of oral/parenteral medications, including intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal, and Z-track techniques. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines are discussed and strictly adhered to. Students are also trained for the blood-borne pathogen certification.

Basic Cardiorespiratory Procedures

This course is designed to teach the student how to perform a 12-lead electrocardiogram and identify life-threatening arrhythmia. The student will complete the required number of electrocardiograms for certification and interpret these for the class. An overview of other commonly performed cardiovascular studies is also presented. Spirometry and pulmonary function studies are included.

 

Certified Medical Assistant Exam Prep

This course prepares students to take the certification for medical assistant examination. It includes practice assessments of topics covered throughout the medical assistant technician program courses. Students must successfully pass competencies assessment prior to their externship.

Prerequisites: All previous courses, except for MED2995

Externship^

The externship experience for the Medical Assistant Technician Diploma provides students with the opportunity to practice the skills acquired in the program. Students will work in a real-world scenario with patients, doctors, and other members of the health care delivery team. On-site visits will be conducted by the externship coordinator to monitor the students’ progress, along with the externship site supervisor. The externship coordinator will also complete a midterm evaluation to track the students’ progress, as well as a final evaluation once the students complete the required hours.

Prerequisites: All previous courses

^This course is only available during day shift.

160 hours

Related Programs

Campuses Available

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a recognized equivalent.

Healthcare Provider Programs

Applicants for healthcare provider programs including the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Associate in Science Program, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Diploma Program, and Medical Assistant Technician Diploma Program must complete a Student Attestation of Understanding That Criminal and/or Health Background May Limit or Prevent Employment in Healthcare Provider Fields form. This student attestation form was designed to disclose certain requirements or limitations to prospective students interested in training for the healthcare provider field. This requirement is established in consideration of Fla. Admin. Code 6E-1.0032 (6)(g) (2012).

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Clinical Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Registered Medical Assistant

* These examples are intended to serve only as a general guide of possible employment opportunities. There are many factors that determine the job an individual may obtain and Florida Technical College cannot guarantee its graduates any particular job. Some positions may require a license or other certifications. We encourage you to research the requirements for the particular position you desire.

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