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Medical Assisting Course Descriptions

MED 110  Orientation to Medical Assisting

This course covers the history of medicine and the role of the medical assistant in the health care setting. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, communication, attitude, behaviors, and duties in the medical environment. Upon completion, students should be able to project a positive attitude and promote the profession of medical assisting.

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Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Enrollment in Medical Assisting certificate, diploma, or degree

Corequisite: None

MED 110 Course Outline

MED 112  Orientation  to Clinic Setting I

This course provides an early opportunity to observe and/or perform in the medical setting.  Emphasis is on medical assisting procedures including appointment scheduling, filing, greeting patients, telephone techniques, billing, collections, medical records, and related medical procedures.  Upon completion, students should be able to identify administrative and clinical procedures in the medical environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Enrollment in Medical Assisting certificate, diploma, or degree

Corequisite: None

MED 112 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 118  Medical Law and Ethics

This course covers legal relationships of physicians and patients, contractual agreements, professional liability, malpractice, medical practice acts, informed consent, and bioethical issues. Emphasis is placed on legal terms, professional attitudes, and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Upon completion, students should be able to meet the legal and ethical responsibilities of a multi-skilled health professional.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: Enrollment in Medical Assisting certificate, diploma, or degree

Corequisite: None

MED 118 Course Outline

MED 121  Medical Terminology I

This course introduces prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in the language of medicine. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms as related to selected body systems and their pathological disorders.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

MED 121 Course Outline

MED 122  Medical Terminology II

This course is the second in a series of medical terminology courses. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms as related to selected body systems and their pathological disorders.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: MED 121

Corequisite: None

MED 122 Course Outline

MED 130  Admin Office Proc I

This course introduces medical office administrative procedures. Topics include appointment processing, written and oral communications, medical records, patient orientation, and safety. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic administrative skills within the medical environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: ACA 122, CIS 110, ENG 111

Corequisite: None

MED 130 Course Outline

MED 131  Admin Office Proc II

This course provides medical office procedures in both economic and management skills. Topics include physical plant maintenance, equipment and supplies, liability coverage, medical economics, and introductory insurance procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to manage the economics of the medical office and supervise personnel.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: MED 130

Corequisite: None

MED 131 Course Outline

MED 138  Infection/Hazard Control

This course introduces the student to infection and hazard control procedures necessary for the healthcare worker. Topics include introduction to Microbiology, Practical Infection Control, Sterilization and Monitoring, Chemical Disinfectants, Aseptic Technique, Infectious diseases, and applicable North Carolina laws. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of infectious diseases, disease transmission, infection control procedures, biohazard management, OSH standards, and applicable North Carolina laws.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

MED 138 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 140  Exam Room Procedures I

This course provides instruction in clinical examining room procedures. Topics include asepsis, infection control, assisting with exams and treatment, patient education, preparation and administration of medications, EKG, vital signs, and medical emergencies. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in exam room procedures.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 4; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: MED 110, MED 121, MAT 110, BIO 163, and MED 118

Corequisite: MED 122

MED 140 Course Outline

MED 150  Laboratory Procedures I

This course provides instruction in basic lab techniques used by the medical assistant. Topics include lab safety, quality control, collecting and processing specimens, performing selective tests, phlebotomy, screening and follow-up of test results, and OSHA/CLIA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic lab tests/skills based on course topics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 4; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: MED 110, MED 118, MED 121, BIO 163

Corequisite: MED 140

MED 150 Course Outline

MED 232  Medical Insurance Coding

This course is designed to develop coding skills.  Emphasis is on advanced diagnostic and procedural coding in the outpatient facility.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in coding for reimbursement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: MED 110, MED 121

Corequisite: MED 122

MED 232 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 260  MED Clinical Externship

This course provides the opportunity to apply clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills in a medical facility. Emphasis is placed on enhancing competence in clinical and administrative skills necessary for comprehensive patient care and strengthening professional communications and interactions. Upon completion, students should be able to function as an entry-level health care professional.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 15

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: All previous courses in Medical Assisting diploma

Corequisite: MED 264

MED 260 Course Outline: Not Available
MED 264  Medical Assisting Overview

This course provides an overview of the complete medical assisting curriculum. Emphasis is placed on all facets of medical assisting pertinent to administrative, laboratory, and clinical procedures performed in the medical environment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas covered on the national certification examination for medical assistants.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

MED 264 Course Outline: Not Available
MED 270  Symptomatology

This course covers the study of disease symptoms and the appropriate actions taken by medical assistants in a medical facility in relation to these symptoms. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills and appropriate triage, preparing patients for procedures, and screening test results. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize how certain symptoms relate to specific diseases, recognize emergency situations, and take appropriate actions.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

MED 270 Course Outline: Not Available
MED 272  Drug Therapy

This course focuses on major drug groups, including their side effects, interactions, methods of administration, and proper documentation. Emphasis is placed on the theory of drug administration. Upon completion, students should be able to identify, spell, recognize side effects of, and document the most commonly used medications in a physician's office.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

MED 272 Course Outline: Not Available
MED 274  Diet Therapy/Nutrition

This course introduces the basic principles of nutrition as they relate to health and disease. Topics include basic nutrients, physiology, dietary deficiencies, weight management, and therapeutic nutrition in wellness and disease. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret clinical and dietary data and provide patient counseling and education.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

MED 274 Course Outline: Not Available
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