Medical Assisting (MA)


MA A101 Medical Terminology 3 Credits

Medical terminology, including analysis of its roots and origins. Includes anatomical, diagnostic, operative, and laboratory terminology of human body systems and selected medical specialties. Emphasizes spelling and pronunciation.

MA A104 Essentials of Human Disease 3 Credits

Presents a systematic approach to the study of human diseases with an emphasis on signs and symptoms, etiology, and treatment of the more common diseases and clinical disorders. Includes the application of advanced medical terminology in the study of human diseases and pathology.

Prerequisites: MA A101 with a minimum grade of C.

MA A120 Medical Office Procedures 4 Credits

Introduces business aspects of medical offices and administrative duties of medical assistants. Includes telephone and reception procedures, appointment scheduling, medical law and ethics, essentials of medical records, professionalism, and financial record keeping for the medical office.

MA A140 Healthcare Documentation 2-3 Credits

Instruction and practice in transcribing healthcare providers' medical dictation using transcription software and formatting of medical reports utilizing transcription techniques and guidelines. Introduction to the electronic health record (EHR), including practice entering clinical notes in an EHR. Examination of health information literacy, including methods for finding, evaluating and using health information.
Special Note: Two credits of this course are required for the AAS in Medical Assisting. Students wishing to specialize in medical transcription may wish to register for 3 credits, which requires the transcribing of additional medical reports.

Prerequisites: MA A101 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment.

MA A220 Coding for the Medical Office 3 Credits

Examines procedural and diagnostic coding in the ambulatory health care setting. Includes principles of medical coding, conventions and guidelines, importance of accuracy in coding, and an understanding of legal and ethical issues. Emphasis on application of knowledge demonstrated through performance of procedural and diagnostic coding activities.

Prerequisites: MA A101 with a minimum grade of C and (BIOL A100 with a minimum grade of C or (BIOL A111 with a minimum grade of C and BIOL A112 with a minimum grade of C)).

MA A235 Medical Insurance, Billing and Healthcare Documentation 3 Credits

Examines healthcare reimbursement practices, including the fundamentals of medical billing and insurance claims. Includes instruction and practice in healthcare documentation practices, health literacy concepts, electronic health records (EHR) and medical scribe information.

Prerequisites: MA A220 with a minimum grade of C.

MA A240 Medical Transcription II 3 Credits

Advanced and complex machine transcription from various medical specialties.

Prerequisites: MA A140 with a minimum grade of C.

MA A250 Clinical Procedures I 4 Credits

Introduces clinical duties of medical assisting. Includes asepsis, infection control, vital signs, assisting with routine patient care, maintenance of the exam room and medical equipment.

MA A255 Clinical Procedures II 4 Credits

Clinical duties of medical assisting. Includes minor office surgery, administration of medications, CLIA-waived laboratory procedures, venipuncture, electrocardiography and emergency procedures.

Prerequisites: MA A250 with a minimum grade of C.

MA A295 Medical Office Externship 5 Credits

Provides an opportunity to apply principles, skills and knowledge in private medical offices and clinics as final preparation for employment in the field. Duties are assigned by the UAA instructor and supervised by the physician(s) and medical assistants. Learning is enhanced by on-campus seminars.
Special Note: A grade of C or better in all courses required for the nontranscripted departmental Certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting.

MA A320 Advanced Case Studies in Medical Coding 2 Credits

Presents in-depth practice with procedural and diagnostic coding as it applies to the ambulatory care setting through the analysis of case studies. Strengthens and improves coding skills by comprehensively coding both diagnoses and procedures for the same medical record.

Prerequisites: MA A220.