2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Professional Services - Medical Assistant, Certificate

Overview

Medical assistants are multi-skilled, with training in clerical/administrative procedures (front office) as well as clinical procedures (back office). They can work in large clinics as well as small medical offices. The duties of clinical medical assistants vary according to state laws. Common skills include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens and administer medications.

Administrative skills may include updating and filing patients’ medical records, filling out insurance forms, and arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Medical assistants also perform tasks in medical settings, such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, and scheduling appointments.

This major provides students with mid-level administrative and clinical skills for a variety of healthcare settings. Students learn and demonstrate current outpatient laboratory collection procedures, assistance with office surgery, front office billing and insurance procedures, and basic computer/word processing skills.

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Career Opportunities

There are employment opportunities in insurance companies, outpatient medical offices, and HMOs for well-trained certified medical assistants. Medical assistants from LDSBC are consistently offered jobs upon completion of their internships. Students may advance to supervisory positions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Confirm personal testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Collaborate with others using interpersonal skills in an honest, ethical, and Christ-like manner.
  • Communicate effectively using written and verbal presentation principles.
  • Construct new knowledge using technology and information resource tools.
  • Comprehend and think critically to solve problems.
  • Cultivate a strong, professional work ethic and lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Utilize medical terminology appropriately.
  • Utilize their knowledge of Pharmacological terms to order, refill and determine medication compatibility and contraindications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy, physiology, and disease processes of the human body as it relates to patient medical history.
  • Describe legal and regulatory frameworks of healthcare using basic knowledge of law and ethics as they relate to the Medical Assistant.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy skills and academic skills required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and problem solving.
  • Effectively engage in written and oral communication as demonstrated through charting and communication with patients and other health professionals.
  • Prepare patients for examination or procedures, and assist the physician with the examination or procedure.
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens, as well as perform basic laboratory testing
  • Perform phlebotomy and other invasive specimen collection techniques
  • Perform electrocardiograms and respiratory testing.
  • Explore pathways for educational and career development in the desired field of study.
  • Articulate career preparation confidently using resumes and interviews.
  • Complete either the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination with a passing score.

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Religion Courses

REL Two cornerstone religion courses (4 credit hours)

Course NumberTitleCredits
REL 200The Eternal Family

2 credits

REL 225Foundations of the Restoration

2 credits

REL 250Jesus Christ & Everlast Gospel

2 credits

REL 275Teach & Doct of Book of Mormon

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:4

College-wide Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 122Interpersonal Communications

3 credits

ENG 101Intro. to College Writing

3 credits

ENG 220Professional Bus Comm

3 credits

FIN 101Personal Finance

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Program Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
HP 106Medical Law & Ethics

2 credits

HP 124ICD-9/ICD-10 CM Coding

3 credits

HP 126CPT and HCPSC Coding

3 credits

HP 129Medical Office Procedures

3 credits

HP 131Medical Scheduling & Billing

2 credits

HP 140Medical Terminology

3 credits

HP 150First Aid/CPR for HP

1 credits

HP 170Introduction to Pharmacology

2 credits

HP 210Clinical Medical Assisting

4 credits

HP 212Clinical Procedures Lab

0 credits

HP 220Medical Lab Proc.

3 credits

HP 222Med. Laboratory Procedures Lab

0 credits

HP 283Practicum for MA & EMA

3 credits

LS 265Anatomy & Physiology

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:33

Total Credit Hours: 49

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Depending upon the number of preparatory courses a student must take, an additional semester may be required to complete the program. For CAAHEP Accreditation, all AAS Executive Medical Assisting students will also receive the Medical Assisting Certificate. Students should complete the certificate before completing the AAS.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 122Interpersonal Communications

3 credits

ENG 101Intro. to College Writing

3 credits

FIN 101Personal Finance

3 credits

HP 140Medical Terminology

3 credits

LS 265Anatomy & Physiology

4 credits

Religion Cornerstone Religion course

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
HP 106Medical Law & Ethics

2 credits

HP 129Medical Office Procedures

3 credits

HP 124ICD-9/ICD-10 CM Coding

3 credits

HP 126CPT and HCPSC Coding

3 credits

HP 210Clinical Medical Assisting

4 credits

HP 212Clinical Procedures Lab

0 credits

Religion Cornerstone Religion course

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 220Professional Bus Comm

3 credits

HP 150First Aid/CPR for HP

1 credits

HP 170Introduction to Pharmacology

2 credits

HP 131Medical Scheduling & Billing

2 credits

HP 220Medical Lab Proc.

3 credits

HP 222Med. Laboratory Procedures Lab

0 credits

Religion Cornerstone Religion course

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
HP 283Practicum for MA & EMA

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Minimum of 49 total semester credit hours as outlined
  2. Grade of B or better in HP 140
  3. Grade of C or better in all HP core courses and LS 265
  4. 2 cornerstone religion courses
  5. Complete Certification Examination (either CMA or RMA) at the end of HP 283)


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