Medical Assistant Technician with Emphasis in Basic X-Ray Diploma

Diploma
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Program Description

The Medical Assistant Technician with Emphasis in Basic X-Ray Diploma program prepares Florida Technical College students with the knowledge and skills to perform medical assistant with basic x-ray responsibilities. The student will acquire the necessary skills, to perform under the supervision of a physician, to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic, and basic x-ray procedures. Students will be able to prepare the patient for various examinations, including x-rays, electrocardiograms, and phlebotomy.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Basic Machine Operator Medical Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Radiation Technician Assistant
  • Registered Medical Assistant

Credential Earned

Medical Assistant Technician with Emphasis in Basic X-Ray Diploma

Related Certifications

  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).
  • Graduates will be able to sit for the Basic X-Ray Machine Operator exam administered for the Florida Department of Health by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT).

Duration of the Program

12 Months | 63 quarter credit hours
Total Contact Hours: 1000
Lecture Hours: 300
Lab Hours: 580
Externship Hours: 120

Core Courses

Medical Office Procedures

In this course, medical assistant students will develop skills related to medical office administrative procedures such as using electronic health records, scheduling appointments, handling mail and filing, billing and collecting, and preparing budgets. They will examine effective interpersonal skills and communication in various medical office settings, including stress management strategies and workplace ethics. Students will also analyze current trends in the medical office workplace and the role of the administrative professional within that setting. They will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises in preparation for the certification test.

Anatomy and Physiology with Medical Terminology I

In this medical assistant course, Florida Techbnical College students will examine the anatomy and physiology of the human body as well as the related medical terms and abbreviations. They will discuss the levels of human body organization, homoeostasis, histology, cytology, and the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, and special senses systems. They will also analyze the meaning of medical terms according to their basic components—prefixes, suffixes, and roots—in addition to special numerical, positional, and condition-related components. Students will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises in preparation for the certification test.

Anatomy and Physiology with Medical Terminology II

In this medical assistant course,  Florida Technical College students will examine the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the relationship with the medical terms and abbreviations used to designate them. They will discuss the levels of human body organization, gynecologic conditions, reproductive, circulatory, sensory, and lymphatic systems, and an overview of the brain function. Furthermore, they will analyze the meaning of medical terms and procedures through their basic components such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots, in addition to special numerical, positional and condition.

Clinical Procedures

In this medical assistant course, students will analyze practical clinical skills for working in a medical office environment. They will explore patient education and medical history, focusing on effective communication skills. Furthermore, students will assist healthcare staff in taking patients’ vital signs, physical examinations, and various treatment modalities.

 

Laboratory Procedures

In this medical assistant course, students will evaluate specimen collection methods. They will also perform laboratory procedures and CLIA-waived tests according to sanitation standards, focusing on effective communication with patients. In addition, Florida Technical College students will explore automated laboratory testing techniques. Furthermore, students will practice acquired skills by completing practical lab exercises in preparation for the certification test.

Introduction to Pharmacology

In this medical assistant course, students will analyze the basic rules of preparation and administration of oral and parenteral medications. They will examine the parts of a prescription as well as commonly prescribed medications, how they affect the body, and why they are prescribed. They will demonstrate preparation and administration of medications using various techniques, including intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal, and Z-track injections. In addition, they will evaluate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines in preparation for the OSHA bloodborne pathogen certification.

Basic Cardiorespiratory Procedures

In this medical assistant  course, students will analyze commonly-performed cardiovascular and pulmonary function studies. They will identify life threatening signs of arrhythmia, as well as daily functions and responsibilities of a medical assistant technician. In addition, they will also perform cardiorespiratory procedures such as a 12-lead electrocardiogram without artifacts as well as first aid and basic life-support procedures. They will practice acquired skills by completing lab exercises in preparation for the certification test.

 

Certified Medical Assistant Exam Prep

In this course, Florida Technical College students will reinforce their knowledge of the topics and practical skills covered throughout the Medical Assistant Technician program in anticipation of enrolling in the externship and applying for the medical assistant certification examination. They will evaluate medical assistant administrative and exam room tasks, the electronic health record (EHR) system, and the information required to complete the medical records. In addition, students will analyze the influence of nutrition in a patient’s health and the importance of pharmacology concepts and procedures. They will also examine basic cardiology, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures. They will practice acquired skills by completing lab exercises in preparation for the certification test.

Course Prerequisites: All previous courses, except for MED3000

Fundamentals of Basic X-Ray Machine

In this medical assistant course, students will develop technical knowledge in the fundamentals for the use, maintenance, and storage of x-ray equipment and radiologic film in image production. To this end, they will apply basic mathematics and physics in radiographic procedures. Students will explore the principles of image and film processing, as well as exposure and image quality techniques. They will further practice computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, among other skills that employers look for in today’s healthcare industry.

Advanced Fundamentals of Basic X-Ray Machine

In this medical assistant course, Florida Technical College students will evaluate advanced concepts of x-ray procedures, image production, and x-ray evaluation. They will examine transferring and positioning techniques, and relevant anatomy for radiological studies of the upper and lower extremities, skull, and torso, with an emphasis on the bony thorax and chest areas. Students will also apply advanced knowledge of radiobiology in evaluation procedures, diagnosis and medical laboratory skills to perform bone densitometry.

Basic X-Ray Machine Operator Exam Prep

In this  medical assistant course, Florida Technical College  students will analyze ethical issues, legal requirements, principles of professionalism, and effective communication skills necessary in the healthcare workplace. They will also examine workplace safety standards required by regulating agencies, focusing on reducing the spread of disease and infection control. Likewise, students will evaluate patient-centered care. Additionally, they will explore topics covered in the Florida Health and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification for Basic X-Ray Machine Operator (BMO), such as patient care, safety, image preparation, and procedures.

Course Prerequisites: BBMO2805, BBMO2810

Externship^

In this course, students will apply administrative and clinical skills obtained throughout the Medical Assistant program at an approved externship site. Florida Technical College students will also gain hands-on experience in healthcare settings, where they will work under the direct supervision of a clinical professional. Furthermore, they will demonstrate their clinical skills while working with patients, doctors, and other members of the healthcare team.

Course Prerequisites: All previous courses

^This course is only available during day shift.

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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 *

  • Basic Machine Operator Medical Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Radiation Technician 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.

Information regarding whether completion of these programs would be sufficient to meet licensure or certification requirements in a State for that occupation is provided at https://www.ftccollege.edu/institutional/student-information/.

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