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Medical Assisting - Fall Entry

Curriculum Description

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments and hospitals.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A45400 REVISED
NC CIP: 51.0801
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2013

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
Fall Semester
BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology 4 2 0 5
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
MED 110 Orientation to Med Assist 1 0 0 1
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics 2 0 0 2
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3 0 0 3
MED 130 Admin Office Proc I 1 2 0 2
   
    12 6 0 15

Spring Semester
ACC 111 Financial Accounting 3 0 0 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3 0 0 3
MED 131 Admin Office Proc II 1 2 0 2
Select one:
Mathematical Measurement NEW REQUISITE (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
Mathematical Models NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
   
    12 4 0 14

Summer Term
COM 231 Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
MED 140 Exam Room Procedures I 3 4 0 5
MED 183 Electronic Med Records I NEW 2013 3 2 3 5
   
    9 6 3 13

Fall Semester
MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I 3 4 0 5
MED 232 Medical Insurance Coding 1 3 0 2
MED 240 Exam Room Procedures II 3 4 0 5
MED 272 Drug Therapy 3 0 0 3
   
    10 11 0 15

Spring Semester
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
MED 260 MED Clinical Practicum 0 0 15 5
MED 262 Clinical Perspectives 1 0 0 1
MED 276 Patient Education 1 2 0 2
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
  OR        
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    5 2 15 14

Total Credit Hours: 71

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

The Medical Assisting program begins in the fall and spring semesters. This program has limited enrollment. Applicants must first meet the admission requirements before the admission deadline will be admitted as space allows. A grade of C or better is required for all MED courses. Failure to meet this requirement may result in dismissal from the program. Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college.

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one: ART 111, HUM 110, HUM 121, HUM 170, HUM 220, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240, REL 110, or REL 221. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.