Introduces the profession of medical assisting. Emphasizes administrative skills utilized in ambulatory care. Discusses administrative and clinical duties of the Medical Assistant Practitioner. Also includes but is not limited to medical office receptionist duties, maintaining medical records, billing and fee collection, medical practice finance, computer applications, and emergency preparedness.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Introduction to Medical Assisting
- Medical Law Ethics
- Organization of the Health Care Delivery System
- Patient Education
- Patient Reception
- Telephone Techniques
- Managing Appointments
- Written Communication
- Health Information Management/Protection
- Electronic Applications in the Medical Office
- Medical Office Management
- Emergency Preparedness
- Credit Arrangements and Fee Collection
- Medical Bookkeeping and Accounting
- Banking Services and Procedures
- Career Strategies
- Describe the professional role of the medical assistant.
- Define the legal scope of practice for a medical office assistant.
- Describe the administrative and clinical duties of the medical assistant.
- Explain fees, credit arrangements related to reimbursement for services.
- Explain the importance of obtaining certification for the medical assistant.
- Perform telephone triage of emergency patients.
- Utilize open-ended interview questions to assess the patient.
- Perform Computer Prescription Order Entry (CPOE)
- Discuss the career options available to a properly credentialed medical assistant or medical insurance specialist.
- Demonstrate honesty and integrity in the performance of all medical business practices.
- Demonstrate empathy and awareness of other’s feelings when communicating with patients, physicians, and staff members.
Medical Assistants graduating from a program accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) will demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the profession. They will incorporate cognitive knowledge in the performance of psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants.
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement will be determined using a combination of learning activities, participation, unit tests and final examination.
Emphasis will be on individual learning experiences which will include active participation of students in classroom activities. A cooperative rather than a competitive atmosphere is encouraged. Students are responsible for making arrangements in advance of an absence with a classmate to obtain any missed work. This course will consist of specific units of study. A test will be administered at the completion of each unit. Each student is responsible for completion of all the required (*) learning competencies. Completed learning activities are due on the day of the exam. Students must be present for the final examination. Failure to officially withdraw from the class may result in a grade of “E”.
Required textbooks will be determined by department faculty.