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Medical Assistant

31-509-1 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time and Full Time 32 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day and Evening Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh

*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, basic lab tests and microscopic work. The program includes a supervised practicum experience, allowing you to apply what you’ve learned in a real world environment.

COURSE LIST

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
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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: 10501182; 10501109
Medical Asst Lab Procedures 1
31-509-303
2Credit
72
36
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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
144 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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: 10501182; 10501109
Pharmacology for Allied Health
10-501-108
2Credit
36
72
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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: All 3rd term Medical Assistant courses: 10501104, 31509305, 31509306, 31509310. All MA courses require a 'C' or better.
Med Asst Lab Procedures 2
31-509-305
2Credit
72
36
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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.
Med Asst Clin Procedures 2
31-509-306
3Credit
108
54
N/A
108 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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.
Medical Assistant Practicum
31-509-310
3Credit
216
0
N/A
216 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. 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. AAMA required Practicum - 160 minimum hours (AAMA minimum) up to 216 hours.

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
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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.

Expected Competencies


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