Catalog 2019-20

Medical Assisting

Associate Degree

A.S. in Medical Assisting

The Cosumnes River College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727/210-2350
www.caahep.org

The CRC Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Upon completion of the Certificate in Medical Assisting, students may take the CMA (AAMA) certification exam administered by American Association of Medical Assistants.

Highlights include:

  • According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics, "Medical Assisting employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 decade. Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal training or experience, and certification."
  • Eligibility to become members of AAMA and CSMA
  • Accredited preparation for national board exams; CRC students have exceeded national averages in the top 5 percent consistently for the past 20 years
  • Provides multiple skills for the entry-level health care professional

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Fall Semester:
MEDA 124 Administrative Medical Assisting 3
MEDA 105 General Medical Assisting 3
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication  (3) 31
  or ANTH 313 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Medical Focus  (3)
AH 120 Human Disease 3
PSYC 300 General Principles  (3) 32
Spring Semester:
AH 124 Pharmacology for the Health Care Professional 2
FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span  (3) 3
  or PSYC 371 Life Span Developmental Psychology  (3)
MEDA 230 Clinical Procedures 5
Summer Semester:
MEDA 140 Medical Assisting Practicum 33
Total Units: 28

1may be taken either fall or spring semester

2may be taken either fall or spring semester

3This is the capstone course and should be taken last.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a C or better:
  • AH 110 - Medical Language
  • BIOL 102 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 100 or 430 & 431 are acceptable)
  • CISC 302 - Computer Familiarization
  • ENGWR 101 - or eligibility for ENGWR 300 as determined by assessment testing
  • MEDA 100 - Introduction to Medical Assisting (taken within the previous 5 years)

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Only students who meet the pre-enrollment requirements will be considered for the program
  • Selection will be based on a random selection process, should the number of qualified applicants exceed available spaces in the program
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by the Program Director by July 1
  • Students will be required to perform a background and drug clearance screening. Students will also be required to show proof of vaccination or immunity to the following: measles, rubella, rubeola, varicella, TDaP, and possibly influenza. Placement in a clinical location will be contingent upon the results of this screening.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Enter the allied health workforce as a competent, entry-level Medical Assistant trained in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of the occupation (PSLO #1).

Declare eligibility for the AAMA national certification examination with the goal of obtaining the CMA (AAMA) credential (PSLO #2).

Career Information

Administrative Medical Assistant; Clinical Medical Assistant

Certificates of Achievement

Medical Assisting, Administrative Certificate

This curriculum is designed to prepare the individual with front office skills for employment as an Administrative Medical Assistant in a physician's office, hospital, clinic, laboratory, pharmaceutical company, or health insurance company.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Prior to Admission to Program:
AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers 3
BIOL 100 Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology  (3) 3 - 41
  or BIOL 102 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology  (4)
BUS 100 English for the Professional 3
CISC 302 Computer Familiarization 2
MEDA 100 Introduction to Medical Assisting 1.5
Fall Semester:
MEDA 110 Medical Insurance Procedures 1.5
MEDA 124 Administrative Medical Assisting 3
AH 120 Human Disease 3
Total Units: 20 - 21

1BIOL 430/431 combo is also acceptable

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a C or better:
  • AH 110 - Medical Language
  • BIOL 102 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 100 or 430 & 431 are acceptable)
  • CISC 302 - Computer Familiarization
  • BUS 100 - English for the Professional
  • MEDA 100 - Introduction to Medical Assisting (within the last 5 years)

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Only students who meet the pre-enrollment requirements will be considered for the program
  • Selection will be based on a random selection process, should the number of qualified applicants exceed available spaces in the program
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by the Program Director by July 1

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Perform the entry-levels skills of an administrative medical assistant (SLO #1)

Career Information

Administrative Medical Assistant; entry-level Insurance Biller; Hospital Unit Secretary

Medical Assisting, Medical Insurance Billing Certificate

The CRC Medical Insurance Billing certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in insurance billing in an ambulatory medical office setting. The curriculum is designed to give students the desired skills for employment in a physician's office or other ambulatory clinic.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers 3
AH 120 Human Disease 3
AH 124 Pharmacology for the Health Care Professional 2
BIOL 100 Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology 31
HIT 120 Basic ICD-CM Coding 2
MEDA 110 Medical Insurance Procedures 1.5
HIT 123 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 2
Total Units: 16.5

1([BIOL 102] or [BIOL 430 and BIOL 431] are also acceptable)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Attain entry-level skills in insurance billing.

Utilize insurance and billing knowledge to obtain entry-level employment in an ambulatory setting.

Career Information

The CRC Medical Insurance Billing Certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in an ambulatory setting in the insurance and/or billing department. Students will obtain the necessary knowledge for insurance authorizations, billing and reconciliations.

Medical Assisting Certificate

The Cosumnes River College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727/210-2350
www.caahep.org

The CRC Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Upon completion of the Certificate in Medical Assisting, students may take the CMA (AAMA) certification exam administered by American Association of Medical Assistants.

Highlights include:

  • According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics, "Medical Assisting employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 decade. Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal training or experience, and certification."
  • Eligibility to become members of AAMA and CSMA
  • Accredited preparation for national board exams; CRC students have exceeded national averages in the top 5 percent consistently for the past 20 years
  • Provides multiple skills for the entry-level health care professional

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Fall Semester:
MEDA 124 Administrative Medical Assisting 3
MEDA 105 General Medical Assisting 3
FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span  (3) 31
  or PSYC 371 Life Span Developmental Psychology  (3)
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication  (3) 32
  or ANTH 313 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Medical Focus  (3)
Spring Semester:
PSYC 300 General Principles  (3) 33
AH 120 Human Disease 3
AH 124 Pharmacology for the Health Care Professional 2
MEDA 230 Clinical Procedures 5
Summer Semester:
MEDA 140 Medical Assisting Practicum 34
Total Units: 28

1Course may be taken either fall or spring semester

2may be taken either fall or spring semester

3may be taken either fall or spring semester

4This is the capstone course and should be taken last.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a C or better:
  • AH 110 - Medical Language
  • BIOL 102 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 100 or 430 & 431 are acceptable)
  • CISC 302 - Computer Familiarization
  • ENGWR 101 - or eligibility for ENGWR 300 as determined by assessment testing
  • MEDA 100 - Introduction to Medical Assisting (within the last 5 years)

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Only students who meet the pre-enrollment requirements will be considered for the program
  • Selection will be based on a random selection process, should the number of qualified applicants exceed available spaces in the program
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by the Program Director by July 1
  • Students will be required to perform a background and drug clearance screening. Students will also be required to show proof of vaccination or immunity to the following: measles, rubella, rubeola, varicella, TDaP, and possibly influenza. Placement in a clinical location will be contingent upon the results of this screening.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Enter the allied health workforce as a competent, entry-level Medical Assistant trained in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of the occupation (PSLO #1).

Declare eligibility for the AAMA national certification examination with the goal of obtaining the CMA (AAMA) credential (PSLO #2).

Career Information

Clinical Medical Assistant; Administrative Medical Assistant

Medical Assisting (MEDA) Courses

MEDA 100 Introduction to Medical Assisting

Units: 1.5

Hours: 27 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGRD 110 or ESLR 310 with a grade of "C" or better

This course provides an introduction to the field of Medical Assisting. Students will learn the typical duties of an administrative and clinical MA, including career ladders and types of facilities that employ medical assistants. Students will also be introduced to the desired qualities and characteristics of a successful medical assistant. Additionally, the CRC Medical Assisting Program entrance requirements will be discussed.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EVALUATE THE VARIETY OF CAREER POSSIBILITIES OPEN TO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS (SLO #1)

MEDA 105 General Medical Assisting

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Student must be accepted in to the current cohort of the CRC Medical Assisting program to be eligible for enrollment in this course.

This course will cover the topics outlined in the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) General category of knowledge of an entry-level medical assistant, as required for certification. Areas covered will include gross Anatomy, applied Medical Terminology, and Law and Ethics as they pertain to Medical Assisting.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

APPLY MEDICAL LANGUAGE IN THE CLINICAL SETTING (SLO #1)

MEDA 110 Medical Insurance Procedures

Units: 1.5

Hours: 27 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: AH 110

This course will introduce students to the basics of medical office insurance billing. Students will learn the terminology of health insurance, the differences between the various forms of health insurance, as well as the process for patient billing in a medical office setting.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

PREPARE ACCURATE CLAIM FORMS FOR THE MOST COMMON INSURANCE COMPANIES (SLO #1)

MEDA 124 Administrative Medical Assisting

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Acceptance in to the CRC Medical Assisting Program

This course is designed to introduce the medical assisting student to the administrative responsibilities encountered in an ambulatory clinic. Typical administrative topics covered include patient reception, scheduling, telephone procedures, documentation and reporting, records management including HIPAA regulations, screening/processing mail, equipment and supply inventory, practice finances, coding and bookkeeping principles.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

PERFORM THE DUTIES OF AN ENTRY-LEVEL ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL ASSISTANT (SLO #1)

MEDA 140 Medical Assisting Practicum

Units: 3

Hours: 180 hours LAB

Prerequisite: COMM 325, MEDA 230, PSYC 300, and PSYC 371 with grades of "C" or better; Students must have been accepted in to the CRC Medical Assisting program and completed all required courses prior to receiving consent to enroll in this capstone course. Students must also have completed a drug screen, background clearance and have proof of immunity to varicella, measles, rubella and rubeola.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must have on file with the Program Director the following documents prior to clinical placement:

*CPR for the Healthcare Provider through the American Heart Assocation;
*Two negative PPDs - one within two years and another no more than 6 months prior to clinic placement, or negative chest x-ray within 2 years;
*MMR and Varicella immunity status;
*TDaP vaccination within three years;
*May be required to provide documentation of influenza vaccination;
*Liability insurance;
*Background and drug screening clearance

This course consists of supervised experience in a health care setting performing the tasks and responsibilities of a medical assistant. Those duties include, but are not limited to, administering injections, performing electrocardiograms, obtaining patient history and chief complaints, scheduling appointments, answering telephones, basic clerical functions and other duties as requested by site physician and/or supervisor. Students will be required to show proof of Healthcare Provider CPR from American Heart Association, as well as immunity to Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and TB prior to beginning the clinical rotation. Students will also have supplementary requirements such as liability insurance, background check and drug screening. This course is for students who have completed all of the CRC Medical Assisting Program requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

PERFORM THE DUTIES OF AN ENTRY-LEVEL MEDICAL ASSISTANT IN AN AMBULATORY SETTING WITH MINIMAL SUPERVISION - SLO #1

MEDA 145 Medical Assisting Certification Review

Units: 2

Hours: 36 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must meet the Certifying Agencies examination eligibility requirements to enroll in this course:
*Graduate from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited MA program; OR
*Currently employed as an MA by a licensed MD/DO in the United States; OR
*At least two years employment within the previous five years as an MA, either in private sector or military enlisted; OR
*Current MA instructor at an accredited institution in the United States

This course is designed to prepare students for the Medical Assisting certification examinations offered by the three Certifying Agencies approved by the California Medical Board - the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the California Certifying Board of Medical Assistants (CCBMA). This course is available to students who meet the current exam eligibility requirements for at least one of the Certifying Agencies. Students will be required to provide documentation of eligibility.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

ACHIEVE A CONSISTENT PASSING SCORE ON PRACTICE CERTIFICATION EXAMS (SLO #1)

MEDA 230 Clinical Procedures

Units: 5

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: MEDA 124 with a grade of "C" or better

Corequisite: AH 120 and 124

Enrollment Limitation:

Student must be accepted in to the CRC Medical Assisting program to enroll in this course.

This course will instruct the student in the clinical procedures performed by entry-level Medical Assistants according to AAMA standards and the Medical Assisting Scope of Practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

PEFORM BASIC CLINICAL PROCEDURES (SLO #1)

MEDA 295 Independent Studies in Medical Assisting

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

MEDA 298 Work Experience in Medical Assisting

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Medical Assisting.

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in associate degree level or certificate occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

Full-time Faculty

Cory Burns.
Cori Burns
Office: WIN 215N
Phone: (916) 691-7296
E-mail: BurnsC@crc.losrios.edu

The CRC Medical Assisting Program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. Upon completion of the Certificate in Medical Assisting, students may take the CMA certification exam administered by American Association of Medical Assistants. The Cosumnes River College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.