2017-2018 Catalog

Medical Assistant, Associate of Applied Science

(91 credits)

Program Description

The Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree prepares students for employment in healthcare facilities including clinics, hospitals, tribal health, etc. in both the front office and the clinical setting. This two-year AAS degree provides students with knowledge and skills in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, patient in-take, billing and coding, law and ethics in the healthcare field, communication with patients, and software used for patient records. Clinical skills will include preparing patients for exams, taking patient histories, phlebotomy, lab specimen collection, medications, human diseases, and routine patient care.

Career Opportunities

Employment trends indicate that the Medical Assistant profession is expected to grow significantly both in Montana and nationally over the next 5-7 year period.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant A.A.S., students will be able to:

  • Utilize correct medical terms and identify body systems and functions.
  • Apply knowledge of the ethical/legal aspects of working in the healthcare field.
  • Demonstrate effective skills in coding and billing in a healthcare facility.
  • Input patient information into healthcare software for the purpose of coding, billing and maintaining patient records.
  • Perform the routine clinical skills of an office or clinic.
  • Administer routine medications.
  • Assist Health Care Providers in various settings.
  • Demonstrate appropriate methods of communication when dealing with patients, co-workers, and other healthcare providers.
  • Include cultural considerations in all aspects of their position when interacting with clients.

Requirements:

  • Must complete a background check by the second quarter of the program
  • Must have all immunizations required by clinical agencies
  • Must provide documentation of health insurance coverage
  • Must earn a B or Better in all HIEP, BIOS and MAST Courses

Curriculum

Fall (First Year)

OFED 106Keyboard Skill Building

1

HIEP 117Medical Terminology and Anatomy

4

HIEP 121Medical Legal Aspects

2

IDST 101SKC Seminar

3

OR

ENGL 101English Composition I

3

MAST 110Human Disease I

5

Total Credit Hours:15

Winter (First Year)

CAPP 100Computer Literacy

1

HIEP 130Medical Billing I

2

ENGL 101English Composition I

3

OR

IDST 101SKC Seminar

3

MAST 140Human Disease II

5

MATH 103Contemporary Math

5

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (First Year)

HIEP 131Medical Office Billing II

3

HIEP 133Essentials of Electronic Medical Records

3

HPED 125First Aid/CPR

1

MAST 170Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant

4

OFED 121Human Relations

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Fall (Second Year)

CAPP 161Electronic Spreadsheets

3

HIEP 201Medical Office Procedures

4

MAST 235Clinical Skills for the Medical Assistant Lab I

6

ELECTIVE Humanities Intro General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (Second Year)

CAPP 140Word Processing

3

MAST 240Clinical Skills for the Medical Assistant with Lab II

6

ELECTIVE Native American Studies General Education Open

3

 

SPCH 100Basic Communications

3

OR

ENGL 107Communication in the Workplace

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring (Second Year)

ALLH 170Community Service

2

MAST 270Medical Assistant Externship

8

MAST 281CMA Exam Prep

2

NASD 101History of Indians in the United States

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 91

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