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Course Descriptions

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)