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Medical Assistant

31-509-1 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time, Full Time 32 Credits Learn About Financial Aid Available Times of Day: Day, Evening Start in October Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh, Wautoma

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

With this diploma, you become an essential part of the healthcare team. Your role is to take vital signs, assist the physician with examinations and minor office procedures, and administer medications. This career combines business and administrative duties with clinical laboratory functions. You’ll learn the necessary office skills as well as specimen collection and basic lab tests. The program includes a supervised practicum experience, allowing you to apply what you’ve learned in a real-world environment.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Occupational Specific (25 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Medical Law, Ethics & Profess
    10-501-109
    2Credit
    36
    72

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10501109
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares students to display professionalism and perform within ethical and legal boundaries in the health care setting. Students maintain confidentiality, examine legal aspects of the medical record, perform risk management procedures, and examine legal and bioethical issues.

  • Human Diseases for Health Care Professions
    10-501-182
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10501182
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the common diseases of each body system as encountered in all types of health care settings by health information professionals. Emphasis is placed on understanding the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment (including pharmacologic) of each disease.

  • Medical Asst Admin Procedures
    31-509-301
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509301
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces medical assistant students to office management, business administration, and the electronic medical record (EMR) in the medical office. Students learn to schedule appointments, perform filing, record keeping, telephone and reception duties, communicate effectively with patients and other medical office staff, and keep an inventory of supplies.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 46+, Next Gen Read/Sent/Arith 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+/Math 16+, OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109; 10501107, 10501101; Coreq: 10501109
  • Medical Asst Lab Procedures 1
    31-509-303
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509303
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces medical assistant students to laboratory procedures commonly performed by medical assistants in a medical office setting. Students perform CLIA waived routine laboratory procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory care setting. Students follow laboratory safety requirements and federal regulations while performing specimen collection and processing, microbiology and urinalysis testing.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 46+, Next Gen Read/Sent/Arith 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+/Math 16+, OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109; 10501107; 10501101; Coreq: 10501182; 10501109
  • Medical Asst Clin Procedures 1
    31-509-304
    4Credit
    144
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 144
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 31509304
    • Credits: 4.00

    Introduces medical assistant students to clinical procedures performed in the medical office setting. Students perform basic examining room skills including screening, vital signs, patient history, minor surgery and patient preparation for routine and specialty exams in the ambulatory care setting.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 46+, Next Gen Read/Sent/Arith 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+/Math 16+, OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109; 10501107; 10501101; Coreq: 10501182; 10501109
  • Med Office Insurance & Finance
    31-509-307
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509307
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces medical assistant students to health insurance and finance in the medical office. Students perform bookkeeping procedures, apply managed care guidelines, and complete insurance claim forms. Students use medical coding and managed care terminology to perform insurance-related duties.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 46+, Next Gen Read/Sent/Arith 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+/Math 16+, OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109; 10501107, 10501101; Coreq: 10501109
  • Pharmacology for Allied Health
    10-501-108
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10501108
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces students to classifying medications into correct drug categories and applying basic pharmacology principles. Students apply basic pharmacodynamics to identifying common medications, medication preparation, and administration of medications used by the major body systems.

    Prereq: All 2nd term Medical Assistant courses - 31509301, 31509303, 31509304, 31509307; Coreq: 10501104, 31509305, 31509306. All MA courses require a 'C' or better.
  • Med Asst Lab Procedures 2
    31-509-305
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509305
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares students to perform laboratory procedures commonly performed by medical assistants in the ambulatory care setting under the supervision of a physician. Students perform phlebotomy, immunology, hematology and chemistry laboratory procedures.

    Prereq: Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 1 - 31509303
  • Med Asst Clin Procedures 2
    31-509-306
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31509306
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares medical assistant students to perform patient care skills in the medical office setting. Students perform clinical procedures including administering medications, performing an electrocardiogram, assisting with respiratory testing, educating patients/community, assisting with emergency preparedness in an ambulatory care setting.

    Prereq: Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 1 - 31509306
  • Medical Assistant Practicum
    31-509-310
    3Credit
    216
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 216
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 31509310
    • Credits: 3.00

    Requires medical assistant students to integrate and apply knowledge and skills from all previous medical assistant courses in actual ambulatory health care settings. Learners perform medical assistant administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties under the supervision of trained mentors to effectively transition to the role of a medical assistant. This is a supervised, unpaid, clinical experience. CAAHEP/MAERB required Practicum - 160 minimum hours up to 216 hours.

    Coreq: Culture of Healthcare 10501104, Pharmacology for Allied Health 10501108, Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 2 - 31509305, Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 2 - 31509306

    Occupational Supportive (7 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Medical Terminology
    10-501-101
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10501101
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

  • Digital Literacy for Healthcare
    10-501-107
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10501107
    • Credits: 2.00

    Focuses on the use of technology in healthcare. Learners use common business software applications, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and databases. Communication methods using technology are addressed. Learners gain experience with using the electronic health record (E.H.R.). Healthcare E.H.R. security issues, social media use, and digital healthcare resources are examined.

  • Culture of Healthcare
    10-501-104
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10501104
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces the culture of healthcare for students interested in working in various healthcare settings. Learners examine professionalism, interpersonal and written communication skills, problem-solving skills and patient privacy and confidentiality issues as they relate to healthcare.

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