Medical Assisting

MAST 1101 – Introduction to Medical Assisting & Procedures

2 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Medical Assisting program | Corequisites: MAST 1111 and MAST 1115

This introductory level course includes an orientation survey of the occupation of the medical assisting educational and certification requirements. The course also includes orientation to the use of the laboratory for practice and competency of skills to be gained throughout the Medical Assisting program and progresses to theory and techniques utilized by the medical assistant to perform fundamental skills in a clinical setting. A review of the body systems and the specialty exams associated with Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology and Pediatrics are included along with routine room preparation, inventory and equipment maintenance are presented. This course includes the competencies of obtaining patient history, cleaning biohazardous spill, contaminated glove removal, hand washing, vital signs, patient exam, appropriate positioning and draping, Snellen exam, Ishihara exam, eye/ear irrigation and medication instillation, audiometry, use of the otophthalmascope, pediatric examinations and recording of this information on the patient record. This course follows CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 1111 – Medical Administrative Procedures

3 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Medical Assisting or Billing & Coding Specialist program | Corequisite: MAST 1115

This course is designed to introduce the student to general and administrative duties found in a medical office. This course follows CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards and includes appointment scheduling, records management, written communications, preparation of medical records, billing, health insurance, professional reports, telephone procedures and telephone competency. The course includes office simulations in all these areas as well as lecture, discussion and lab sessions using interpersonal skills.

MAST 1115 – Medical Terminology

2 credits

This course is designed for the student in allied health technology and includes the principles of building a medical vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on the use of word parts including prefixes, suffixes and root words used with a combining form to establish medical terms. The course provides an overview of body systems used in conjunction with terminology. Correct spelling, definition and pronunciation of medical terms is stressed. Communication both written and verbally between health care professionals and between the health professional and patient is emphasized.

MAST 1118 – Human Diseases

2 credits | Prerequisites: MAST 1115 and BIOL 1104

This course includes basic information about common medical conditions, human diseases and the disease process. Emphasis will be placed on case management including diagnostic tests indicated, treatment indicated and client teaching required. Course content will include documentation of symptoms, patient assessment and ways to validate a patient’s understanding of their disease and treatment. This course follows CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 1125 – Clinical Practicum I

1 credit | Prerequisites: MAST 1101, MAST 1111 and MAST 1115

The Medical Assistant Practicum Program is a period of directed practice which consists of practical medical assisting experience in a hospital, clinic or comprehensive family health care facility.

MAST 1126 – Clinical Practicum I

1 credit | Prerequisites: MAST 1101 and MAST 1111

The Medical Assistant Practicum Program is a period of directed practice which consists of practical medical assisting experience in a hospital, clinic or comprehensive family health care facility.

MAST 1130 – Pharmacology I

2 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Medical Assisting program and MAST 1115

This course describes the scope of pharmacology as it relates to the medical assisting profession. Instruction introduces the student to drug therapy and pathophysiologic conditions, patient education regarding medications and researching drugs in a drug reference. Course content includes the use, action, side effects, contraindication and routes of administration most commonly administered in the medical office. Knowledge and experience is gained through researching of drugs, both generic and trade name, and recording the information on pharmacology index cards. Students are also required to complete worksheets to record medications administered, dispensed or prescribed during the practicum experience. This course follows the CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 1140 – Medical Assisting Procedures I

3 credits | Prerequisites: MAST 1101, MAST 1115 and BIOL 1104

Presents the theory and techniques utilized by the medical assistant to perform fundamental skills in a clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on specialty procedures employed in a general medical examination including medical asepsis, vital signs, positioning, draping, and recording of this information on the patient record. Review of body systems and the specialty exams associated with ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, urology, neurology, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and geriatrics are included. Competency skills introduced include the patient exams and positioning, Snellen exam, Ishihara exam, eye/ear irrigation and medication instillation, audiometry, use of the otophthalmascope, female catheterization, enemas, patient instructions for GI testing, prenatal and postnatal exams, Pap smears and pediatric examinations. Routine room preparation, inventory and equipment maintenance are presented. This course follows CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 1199 – Seminar

1–6 credits

This course will be a discussion of particular problems related to the student’s chosen program and areas of interest.

MAST 2205 – Medical Law & Ethics

2 credits

This course is a series of lecture and discussion of medico-legal issues. It includes requirements for licensure certification and registration of medical professionals. Discussion and class exercises relate to the correlation of medical office employees to the public, litigation in the medical workplace, use consent forms, patient rights and confidentiality, the medical record and collection of patient accounts. The course includes lecture and discussion.

MAST 2209 – Computer Applications for the Medical Office

2 credits

This course is designed to be an interactive, competency-based approach to learning computerized management of a medical office. The student will develop medical office computer skills through the introduction of theory as well as the application of medical office software through the use of the Patriot Medical software program. It includes using the computer to: 1) enter databases and report printing, 2) enter patient and guarantors information, 3) insurance and daysheet management, 4) new patients and daysheet management, 5) appointment scheduling, 6) billing and collections, 7) insurance processing, and 8) billing and practice management. In addition, the student will be introduced to resume preparation using word processing as well as the resume cover letter and interview preparation and skills.

MAST 2212 – Medical Transcription

3 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Medical Assisting or Medical Transcription program

This introductory course in medical transcription includes the use of transcription equipment, computer word processing, formatting and use of appropriate medical forms. The course includes ethical and legal issues for the medical transcriptionist as well as transcription guidelines for punctuation, capitalization, proofreading and making corrections and use of references. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, correct spelling and punctuation of chart notes and letters with an introduction to the history and physical report and hospital discharge summary. This course follows CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 2215 – Medical Laboratory Techniques

3 credits | Prerequisites: MAST 1101, or ALTH 1101, MAST 1115 and BIOL 1104

An introduction to diagnostic laboratory procedures performed in the physician’s office and medical laboratory science. Principles of laboratory procedures will be studied by observation, discussion and practice in the laboratory sessions with emphasis on collection, proper handling, including blood and body fluid restrictions and identification of specimens, basic hematology procedures, routine urinalysis, rapid strep, pregnancy tests and venipuncture for competency. This course follows CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 2218 – Medical Billing & Coding I

2 credits | Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Acceptance into Medical Assisting or Billing & Coding Specialist program and MAST 1115

This course provides the fundamental of initiating, tracking and processing insurance forms for commercial insurance carriers. Basic theory and coding principles utilizing Current Procedural Terminology and International Classification of Diseases for completion of medical insurance terms are emphasized along with accurate abstracting of information from the office medical record.

MAST 2219 – Medical Billing & Coding II

3 credits | Prerequisite: MAST 2218

This course continues emphasis on CPT and ICD-9 coding skills and provides fundamentals of initiating, tracking and processing Medicare, Medicaid, Champus/Champva, Workers’ Compensation and Disability Compensation claims.

MAST 2220 – Emergency Medical Procedures

3 credits | Prerequisites: MAST 1101 and ALTH 1101

An introduction of theory and techniques employed by the medical assistant in emergency situations. The course includes simulations and laboratory sessions to identify and institute appropriate responses to various emergency incidents. Included with the emergency procedures course is a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. With successful completion of the course, the student will receive a course completion card in adult, child and infant CPR. This course follows the CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 2225 – Clinical Practicum II

1 credit | Prerequisite: MAST 1126

The Medical Assistant Practicum Program is a period of directed practice which consists of practical medical assisting experience in a hospital, clinic or comprehensive family health care facility.

MAST 2226 – Clinical Practicum III

1 credit | Prerequisite: MAST 2225

The Medical Assistant Practicum Program is a period of directed practice which consists of practical medical assisting experience in a hospital, clinic or comprehensive family health care facility.

MAST 2230 – Pharmacology

2 credits | Prerequisites: Acceptance into Medical Assisting program, MAST 1115 and MATH 1135

This course presents the principles of pharmacology relating to the medical assisting profession. Instruction introduces the student to patient education regarding medications, researching drugs in a drug reference and correlation of drug therapy and pathophysiologic conditions. Knowledge and experience is gained through research of drug generic and trade names, usage, action, side effects and contraindication in a drug reference book and recording the information on pharmacology index cards. The course content includes pharmacology math, routes of medication administration and parenteral techniques most commonly administered in the medical office. Emphasis is placed on competency based skills and worksheet documentation to record oral and parenteral medications administered, dispensed or prescribed during classroom simulation and the practicum experience. This course follows the CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 2240 – Clinical Procedures

3 credits | Prerequisite: MAST 1101

This course presents the theory and techniques required by the medical assistant to perform fundamental skills at intermediate and advanced level. Procedure skills include those associated with Gastroenterology, Urology, Neurology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Geriatrics, family medical practice, surgical and specialty practices. Emphasis is placed on competency based skills and techniques used in male and female catheterization, enemas, patient instructions for GI testing, pre- and postnatal exams, Pap smears, assisting with minor surgical procedures, assisting with technical diagnostic procedures and technique. This course follows the CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

MAST 2297 – Medical Assisting Review

2 credits | Prerequisites: MAST 2215, MAST 2218 and MAST 2240 | Corequisites: MAST 2219, MAST 2220 and MAST 2230

This course is designed as a review tool for the medical assisting student in preparation for the Certified Medical Assisting or similar Medical Assisting credentialing examinations. The course will aid students in recalling administrative, clinical and trans-disciplinary medical assisting principles, medical assisting guidelines, review of completed skill competencies for future employment, discovery of content areas needing review and practice of computer-based test-taking skills.