The Medical Assisting program prepares the student for employment in physician's offices and clinics. Medical Assistants help physicians by doing tasks to assist in the treatment and examination of the patient. They provide for the efficient operation of a doctor's office and some may specialize in the back office, while others may choose to work in the front office.
The Medical Assisting Core provides information and skills common to all medical assistants. The student gains essential competencies and accumulates a body of knowledge that provides a foundation for movement into the administrative or clinical segments of the program. Course content includes: career orientation, medical terminology, body structure and function, law and ethics, emergency care, communications and interpersonal skills, community resources, health, and job preparedness.
The Medical Assisting Clinical segment provides the student with the technical knowledge required to work in the "back office". Course content includes medical/surgical asepsis, assisting with the physical examination, office surgery, electrocardiography, administration of medications, basic laboratory skills, assisting with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and specialized medical practice.From CALPADS: Advanced Healthcare Administrative Services (Capstone)
This capstone course prepares students within a specific career in the various areas of Healthcare Administrative Services that will enable them to complete the requirements for licensure, certification, or other industry recognized credentials; or students are prepared to enter into postsecondary education or training programs in the selected Healthcare Administrative Services pathway. If applicable, course content will provide the knowledge and skills consistent with legislative requirements and the level of proficiency to perform skills within their identified scope of practice specific to employment.
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
This unit provides an overview of the role of the medical assistant, health career opportunties, and qualifications.
This unit covers the duties and qualifications of a medical assistant, professional responsiblities and the scope of work of the medical assistant.
This unit covers infection control procedures, aseptic technique, and universal precautions. This unit will also address Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
This unit describes general safety practices in the medical office including assessing office hazards, fire prevention measures, and medical office emergencies.
This unit emphasizes the difference types of communication, identifies barriers to commnication and supports the understanding of mutliple aspects involved in intercultural communication.
Syrian refugees are in urgent need of health and hygiene supplies. These lessons provide students with the knowledge needed to prepare students to give a school-wide presentation on the needs of a refugee.
This unit covers issues related to medical ethics including confidentilaity, the Patient Bill of Rights, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), informed consent, medical law, licensure and registration and liability.
This unit describes elements of a patient's chart and the types of medical records that are inclued in the patient's record.
This unit will describe elements of managed care, insurance, billing claims,government and private insurance reimbursement, and collections.
This unit describes common medical terminology as well as disucsses different word parts including roots, prefixes and suffixes. (This unit is also found in the Medical, Hospital and Health Careers - Introductory Course.)
This unit outlines and describes common diagnostic tests, examinations and therapeutic modalities that performed in the medical office as well as the procedures that are followed to ensure accurate results are obtained.
This unit provides a basic overview of major body systems and physiological processes. It will also address common disorders and diseases present within the respective body systems.
This unit provides instructions on how to perform and record vital signs as well as examine factors that affect vital signs. Anthropometric measurements will also be reviewed.
This unit covers examination of major body systems, organ functions and preparing and assisting with physical exams.
This unit outlines and describes common laboratory procedures that performed in the medical office as well as the processes that are followed to ensure accurate results are obtained.
This unit will cover minor surgical procedures and the role of the medical assistant in preparing and assisting with such procedures.
This unit reviews common pharmacological agents that are used in the medical office setting, the 6 rights of medication administration, and the different types of equipment used to administer medication.