Medical Assisting - MA22

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Valdosta Campus
  • Coffee Campus

Program Overview

The Medical Assisting diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's medical offices. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.

Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee; 
    
*Be at least 17 years of age;    
 
*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;    
 
*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;  
   
*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores;

 ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

*American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation. 

*Competitive admission program - Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Medical Assisting program. Students are accepted into the program every Fall semester. Students must complete all course classes with an average GPA of 2.5 and meet the required entrance scores on the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE).

Applicants will be considered for admission based on the following specific criteria:

Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better: ENGL 1010, PSYC 1010, MATH 1012, COMP 1000, ALHS 1090, ALHS 1040, BUSN 1440, and ALHS 1011.

The following pre-requisites have a 10 year time limit:  COMP 1000, ALHS 1090, ALHS 1040, BUSN 1440, and ALHS 1011.

GPA requirements: GPA for core courses must be a 2.5 or higher.  The highest grade received will be used to calculate the GPA.

Schedule with the testing center to take the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE). The HOAE must be taken prior to the deadline set for the semester requesting entry. Applicants may take the exam more than once per semester.  A maximum of three attempts is allowed.

HOAE Score: The student must meet or exceed the program mean score at the time of testing to be considered for entry. The top scores will be selected for entry. HOAE scores will be valid for two years. It is important that all students are aware of the level of competition for entrance into the Medical Assisting program. The Medical Assisting program has a limited number of clinical sites and must follow regulations that restrict our enrollment numbers therefore; we will accept the highest HOAE scores from those in the applicant pool. These limitations ensure the quality of the educational experience for the student and provide safety in the provision of care to the patient.

During the last semester of core classes, prior to the pre set deadlines, and after taking the current HOAE exam being administered, the student must complete and return the progression form to the Student Affairs Specialist in the Admission office. A copy of the HOAE results and current transcript must be stapled to the progression form.

The deadline for requesting entry for the day programs (taking the HOAE exam and filling out the progression form) is as follows:

Fall Semester - May 1st

ACCEPTANCE INFORMATION
Admissions will notify applicants of conditional acceptance as soon as all the HOAE results are completed in June. An orientation day with the instructor/s of the program will be scheduled and conditional registration allowed. Official acceptance will be determined after the last day of the semester and all grades are entered. Applicants who are not selected for admission may elect to re-submit an application for the following entry date and are considered with the next applicant pool. Applicants are allowed up to three attempts to enter before career counseling is required.

PROGRAM BEGIN DATES

*This program begins every Fall semester on the Coffee and Valdosta campuses.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Education Core (9 hours)

Prereqs: Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0097 and/or ENGL 0097 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

Prereqs: Diploma Level Math Scores OR MATH 0090 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
PSYC
1010
3

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Courses (52 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
4

Prereqs: COMP 1000, BUSN 1100 or ability to key 25 gross words a minute on 3-minute timings with no more than 3 errors

Coreqs: None

Reinforces the touch system of keyboarding placing emphasis on correct techniques with adequate speed and accuracy and producing properly formatted business documents. Topics include: reinforcing correct keyboarding technique, building speed and accuracy, formatting business documents, language arts, proofreading, and work area management.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: Provisional Admission

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the basic concept of medical assisting and its relationship to the other health fields. Emphasizes medical ethics, legal aspects of medicine, and the medical assistant's role as an agent of the physician. Provides the student with knowledge of medical jurisprudence and the essentials of professional behavior. Topics include: introduction to medical assisting; introduction to medical law; physician/patient/assistant relationship; medical office in litigation; as well as ethics, bioethical issues and HIPAA.

Prereqs: Program Admission, MATH 1012

Coreqs: None

Introduces medication therapy with emphasis on safety; classification of medications; their actions; side effects; medication and food interactions and adverse reactions. Also introduces basic methods of arithmetic used in the administration of medications. Topics include: introductory pharmacology; dosage calculation; sources and forms of medications; medication classification; and medication effects on the body systems.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: office protocol, time management, appointment scheduling, medical office equipment, medical references, mail services, medical records, and professional communication.

Prereqs: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the skills necessary for assisting the physician with a complete history and physical in all types of medical practices. The course includes skills necessary for sterilizing instruments and equipment and setting up sterile trays. The student also explores the theory and practice of electrocardiography. Topics include: infection control and related OSHA guidelines; prepare patients/assist physician with age and gender-specific examinations and diagnostic procedures; vital signs/mensuration; medical office surgical procedures and electrocardiography.

Prereqs: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Furthers student knowledge of the more complex activities in a physician*s office. Topics include: collection/examination of specimens and CLIA regulations/risk management; urinalysis; venipuncture; hematology and chemistry evaluations; advanced reagent testing (Strep Test, HcG etc); administration of medications; medical office emergency procedures and emergency preparedness; respiratory evaluations; principles of IV administration; rehabilitative therapy procedures; principles of radiology safety and maintenance of medication and immunization records.

Prereqs: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000, ENGL 1010, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: managed care, reimbursement, and coding.

Prereqs: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000, ENGL 1010, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice in the areas of computers and medical transcription. Topics include: medical transcription/electronic health records; application of computer skills; integration of medical terminology; accounting procedures; and application of software.

Prereqs: Program Admission, BUSN 2300 or ALHS 1090

Coreqs: None

Provides fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders of each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted including: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: introduction to disease and diseases of body systems.

Prereqs: MAST 1090

Coreqs: MAST 1180

Provides students with an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of principles and techniques in a medical office job setting. This clinical practicum allows the student to become involved in a work setting at a professional level of technical application and requires concentration, practice, and follow-through. Topics include: application of classroom knowledge and skills and functioning in the work environment.

Prereqs: MAST 1090

Coreqs: MAST 1170

Seminar focuses on job preparation and maintenance skills and review for the certification examination. Topics include: letters of application, resumes, completing a job application, job interviews, follow-up letter/call, letters of resignation and review of program competencies for employment and certification.

 

Student

Medical Assisting
Progression Form
Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

Advisors

Kelly Lu Mullis
Medical Assisting Instructor
Office: 129
Phone: (229) 468-2214
Email:
Campus: Coffee Campus

Cecelia Bruce
Medical Assisting Program Coordinator
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 215
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 2664
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus