Medical Assisting

Program Overview

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

A Medical Assistant (MA) is an essential member of the health care delivery team.  Trained in both clinical and administrative duties, the medical assistant can serve in multiple capacities at a medical office.  Medical assistants are critical members of the team and can sometimes act as a liaison between the physician and patient.

Medical assistants typically complete the following tasks:

  • Complete patient history and measure vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature)
  • Assist the physician with patient exams and/or minor office surgeries
  • Give patient injections as directed
  • Draw blood and prepare laboratory tests
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Complete insurance forms

Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are prepared for employment in physicians\\\' offices, urgent care centers, and other health care facilities. NOTE: A felony conviction may limit employment opportunities.

SALARY POTENTIAL

Median Pay: $13.76 per hour (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

LICENSURE/ CERTIFICATION

Upon completion of the program students may register to take the RMA (American Medical Technologists, AMT) or the CMA (American Association of Medical Assistants, AAMA).

NOTE:  A felony conviction may disqualify a student from sitting for the exam.

EXTERNSHIP

Medical Assisting students must complete 225 unpaid hours as a part of the curriculum.  Students cannot receive pay for the hours worked during this time.  Students must be able to adhere to the externship site schedule; students will be evaluated by the site preceptor.  The student will also maintain weekly timesheets.  Students are responsible for transportation to and from the site.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS for PROGRAM/ EXTERN SITES
  • CPR certification
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Drug Screening
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Physical Exam
  • Dental Screening
  • TB testing
  • Immunizations

NOTE: These expenses are not included with tuition.

PROGRAM ADDITIONAL FEES (These costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

  • Books & Supplies: $4000.00
  • CPR card: $6.00
  • Liability Insurance: $11.00
  • Certification Exam: $95.00 (RMA)/ $125.00 (CMA)

Other additional fees that the student will be responsible for are: Physical exam, dental screening, TB testing, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screening, uniforms, and others that are deemed necessary.

BLOOD and AIRBORNE PATHOGENS

Students enrolled in category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens.  These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical sites.

 


 

Entrance Requirements

 

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Must be 18 years of age.
  2. Completion of high school diploma or GED.
  3. Submission of official transcripts.
  4. Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completion of all Prerequisite courses to include: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, COMP 1000, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1040, ALHS 1090, and BUSN 1440.
  2. GPA of 2.5 or better.
  3. Completion of a Request for Entry form.
  4. Mandatory attendance to Program Orientation.

NOTE: Availability is limited; students must have completed two semesters of coursework (GPA 2.5) at ATC.  Transfer students will be considered upon availability

COURSE OVERVIEW

*Please use current course overview*

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. GPA 2.0 or better must be maintained.
  2. Completion of all required courses.
  3. Must sit for the RMA or CMA

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (61 hours)
Basic Skills Courses (9 hours)
3
45
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.
PSYC
1010
3
45
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.
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.
Technical Courses (52 hours)
5
75
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.
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.
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
105
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.
3
75
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.
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.
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.
4
75
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.
4
135
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
4
135
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.
Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: managed care, reimbursement, and coding.
Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: managed care, reimbursement, and coding.
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.
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.
3
45
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.