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Medical Assistant Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 5 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Medical Assistant Program graduates may assume positions as multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of duties in physicians’ offices, clinics and other outpatient health care settings.

The Medical Assistant Program curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, oral and written communication, administrative procedures, financial record keeping, mathematics, insurance billing and medical coding, basic office diagnostic procedures, principles of pharmacology and medication administration, venipuncture, basic asepsis and microbiology.

Students are trained in administrative and clinical procedures performed in physicians’ offices and/or clinics. Graduates from this program are eligible to take the national certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants, which is one of the four authorized exams for certification through Washington State. Training will include, but is not limited to, professional telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, interviewing and instructing patients, making arrangements for patient admission to a hospital, maintaining financial records and files, completing insurance forms, preparing and maintaining employees’ payroll records, assisting patients in preparing for examinations, cleaning and sterilizing instruments and equipment, collecting specimens, performing electrocardiograms, and assisting physicians with treatments and surgeries.

Included in this program are general education courses in math, public speaking and sociology, providing knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills. Additional courses included in the Medical Assistant Program consist of the following: CAH 102 Medical Terminology, COLL 101 Foundation for Student Success and CAH 105 Computer Applications for Allied Health Professionals. Students must receive a “B” or better in all technical courses to satisfy graduation requirements. No Medical Assistant Program course may be taken more than twice.

Students will receive HIV/AIDS and HIPAA certifications from the program, but must obtain a First Aid/CPR for Health Professionals/Providers card external to the program and prior to externship. Externship hours will vary and will be completed during the day hours for both day and evening students. With the assistance of the instructors and/or clinical placement coordinator, students will have the opportunity to choose and/or secure their own externship site. Upon completion of the MAP, students will graduate with a Certificate of Completion.

Program Accreditation: The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) accredits the Medical Assistant Program at Clover Park Technical College upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of May 2013.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350

Physical Activity Requirements: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds) and handling body fluids. Medical Assistants are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student medical assistant must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Students must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from exam room table to a chair, wheelchair or cart.

Employability Requirements: Graduates must pass one of four authorized exams to be certified in the State of Washington. Graduates must meet state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for certification. Graduates must have seven hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-827. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification is also required.

Admission Dates:
Day program: Fall quarter.
Evening program: Spring quarter.

Once a student begins in either the day or evening program section, they will be unable to change sections without authorization from an instructor. Changing program sections depends on available space.

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with an instructor once the student has registered for MAP 104.

Students are required to show proof of a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma upon entry into the Medical Assistant Program. All Medical Assistant Program required courses in quarters one through four, including general education courses, must be successfully completed before entering the fifth quarter. Before entering the fifth quarter Invasive Procedures course, students must show proof of current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status as well as other prerequisites listed in the college catalog. This includes, but is not limited to, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Tuberculosis skin testing, Flu, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations.

In order to participate in the externship, students must receive a No Record on File report related to Crimes against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and/or a Criminal Background Check. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students must also meet the requirements for the facility that they are assigned to. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, a drug screening and/or a no-smoking policy. Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations.

Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the advising and counseling office. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
CAH 102Medical Terminology I5
COLL 101Foundation for College Success2
CAH 105CLComputer Applications5
MAP 104Introduction to Medical Assisting2
MAP 121Body Systems Theory 1014
MAP 124Body Systems Applications 1013
MAP 179Health Insurance, Coding Practices & Billing & Collecting5
MAP 171Automated Computer Applications4
MAP 147Body Systems Theory 1024
MAP 163Body Systems Applications 1023
MAP 166Body Systems Theory 1034
MAP 169Body Systems Applications 1033
MAP 173Accounting Practices4
MAP 177Financial Practices2
MAP 182Patient Reception & Legal Components4
MAP 184Medical Records Management3
MAP 213Preparation for Externship4
MAP 210Invasive Procedures4
MAP 222Community Employment Opportunities & Locations1
MAP 215Externship8
CMST& 220Public Speaking5
MAT 108Math for Health Occupations5
SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology5
 Technical Credits89

Medical Terminology I

Item #
CAH 102
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the basic techniques of medical word building using basic word elements. The class will be organized according to specific body systems and will include key terms and the introduction of anatomical, physiological and pathological terms.

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Foundation for College Success

Item #
COLL 101
Total Credits
2

Learn the skills needed to succeed at Clover Park Technical College. This class is designed to prepare students to succeed in college. This course emphasizes college success strategies, study habits and campus resources. Jump-start your college career with a class that 80% of the students who have taken it say contributed to their success at CPTC. Anyone is welcome in Foundation for College Success, but it is required for certificate- and degree-seeking students with COMPASS placement at or below MAT 082 and/or ENG 082 (68 in reading, 33 in writing). This course requires attendance at an orientation at the start of each quarter in the Student Center, Building 23.

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Computer Applications

Item #
CAH 105CL
Total Credits
5

Provides training in the uses of Microsoft Windows and related programs with an introduction to Electronic Health Records. Students will use computers to develop touch control and proper keyboarding and 10-key techniques.

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Introduction to Medical Assisting

Item #
MAP 104
Total Credits
2

Learn and demonstrate asepsis and infection control. Perform anthropometric measurements, vital signs and physical examination. Instruction and discussion also includes the overall function of the medical assistant within the health care team, including legal responsibilities and limitations. College and program policies and procedures are extensively discussed.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CAH 102, CAH 105CL, and COLL 101.
Co-requisites
MAP 121, MAP 124, MAP 182 and MAP 184.
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Body Systems Theory 101

Item #
MAP 121
Total Credits
4

Caring for patients with disorders associated with hematology, endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, urology and male reproduction, and gastroenterology. Instruction will include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and terminology. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CAH 102, CAH 105CL, and COLL 101.
Co-requisites
MAP 104, MAP 124, MAP 182, and MAP 184.
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Body Systems Applications 101

Item #
MAP 124
Total Credits
3

Practice fundamental skills relating to Body Systems Theory 101. Skills includes blood glucose monitoring, care and use of the microscope, blood typing, cell identification and staining along with practicing care and usage of the otoscope, ear/eye exams, audiometry, physical and chemical urinalysis, UA slide preparation and hemocults.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CAH 102, CAH 105CL, and COLL 101.
Co-requisites
MAP 104, MAP 121, MAP 182 and MAP 184.
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Health Insurance, Coding Practices & Billing & Collecting

Item #
MAP 179
Total Credits
5

Acquire information regarding private and public insurance programs. Practice fundamental skills relating to ICD-9 and CPT coding manually using computers and/or specific software. Includes patient scheduling and procedures for accounts receivable management for both private patients and insurance companies. 

Prerequisites
Completion of MAP 182 and MAP 184.
Co-requisites
MAP 147, MAP 163 and MAP 171.
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Automated Computer Applications

Item #
MAP 171
Total Credits
4

Practice fundamental skills relating to ICD9 and CPT coding using computers. Includes computerized patient scheduling and procedures for accounts receivable management for both private patients and insurance companies. 

Prerequisites
Completion of MAP 182 and MAP 184.
Co-requisites
MAP 147, MAP 163 and MAP 179.
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Body Systems Theory 102

Item #
MAP 147
Total Credits
4

Caring for patients with disorders associated with opthathmology and otolaryngology, pulmonary medicine, neurology and mental health, and cardiology. Instruction will include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and terminology. 

Prerequisites
Completion of MAP 121 and MAP 124.
Co-requisites
MAP 163, MAP 171 and MAP 179.
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Body Systems Applications 102

Item #
MAP 163
Total Credits
3

Practice fundamental skills relating to Body Systems Theory 102. Skills include practicing care and usage of the otoscope, ear/eye exams, audiometry, peak flow meters and small volume nebulizers, and performing ECGs.

Prerequisites
Completion of MAP 121 and MAP 124.
Co-requisites
MAP 147, MAP 171 and MAP 179.
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Body Systems Theory 103

Item #
MAP 166
Total Credits
4

Caring for patients with disorders associated with dermatology, orthopedic medicine, surgical asepsis and procedures. Instruction will include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and terminology.

Prerequisites
Completion of MAP 147 and MAP 163.
Co-requisites
MAP 169, MAP 173, MAP 177 and MAP 213.
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Body Systems Applications 103

Item #
MAP 169
Total Credits
3

Practice fundamental skills relating to Body Systems Theory 103. Skills include wound and burn care, assisting with sutures and suture removal, fiberglass cast application and removal, asepsis and infection control, identifying surgical instruments and proper care of instruments, assisting with minor office surgery, and operating autoclaves.

Prerequisites
Completion of MAP 147 and MAP 163.
Co-requisites
MAP 166, MAP 173, MAP 177 and MAP 213.
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Accounting Practices

Item #
MAP 173
Total Credits
4

Covers basics of accounting and bookkeeping. Includes expanded discussion on manual procedures for accounts receivable management for both private patients and insurance companies. 

Prerequisites
MAT 082 or higher. Completion of MAP 171 and MAP 179.
Co-requisites
MAP 166, MAP 169, MAP 177 and MAP 213.
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Financial Practices

Item #
MAP 177
Total Credits
2

Continues developing skills from Accounting Practices course. Instruction also includes bank accounts, cash funds, and methods of preparation for employee and employer payroll and business taxes. 

Prerequisites
MAT 082 or higher. Completion of MAP 171 and MAP 179.
Co-requisites
MAP 166, MAP 169, MAP 173 and MAP 213.
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Patient Reception & Legal Components

Item #
MAP 182
Total Credits
4

Emphasizes customer service within the health care field, focusing on effective communication with patients while projecting and promoting a positive image of the profession and the office. This course also includes telephone techniques, patient scheduling, introduction to chart management, and business correspondence for the medical office, including cover letter and resume preparation. Defines law and ethics relating to the health care field, focusing on components specific to medical assistants. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CAH 102, CAH 105CL and COLL 101.
Co-requisites
MAP 104, MAP 121, MAP 124 and MAP 184.
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Medical Records Management

Item #
MAP 184
Total Credits
3

Instruct and apply knowledge relating to medical records including the creation, management and legality of both the paper and electronic record as well as filing systems utilized within the healthcare office. Focus will also include assisting patients in obtaining health and community services, as well as supplies and inventory control.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CAH 102, CAH 105CL and COLL 101.
Co-requisites
MAP 104, MAP 121, MAP 124 and MAP 182.
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Preparation for Externship

Item #
MAP 213
Total Credits
4

Demonstrate competencies of entry-level skills acquired throughout the Medical Assistant Program. Instruction will include introduction to dosage calculations, caring for pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and phlebotomy skills. Each student will perform and must pass the following skills: blood pressures, patient workups, growth charting, phlebotomy skills, urinalysis, hematocrit, blood glucose check, audio and visual exam, electrocardiogram, telephone techniques, computerized accounts payable/receivable, and electronic record and chart management. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of quarters 1-3. This course must be taken the quarter immediately prior to fifth quarter courses. If more than one quarter passes before beginning fifth quarter, students will have to repeat this course.
Co-requisites
MAP 166, MAP 169, MAP 173 and MAP 177.
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Invasive Procedures

Item #
MAP 210
Total Credits
4

Introduction of pharmacology math (with estimation components); administering oral and parental (intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intradermal) medications; performance of phlebotomy and microbiology; and student demonstration of patient flow.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of quarters 1-4, including general education courses and compliance with the MAP immunization policy and health insurance policy.
Co-requisites
MAP 215 and MAP 222.
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Community Employment Opportunities & Locations

Item #
MAP 222
Total Credits
1

Locate the major medical employers (including hospitals) in the student’s community, along with their human resources departments. This course also includes interviewing techniques, updating your resume, and methods of applying for employment through a variety of sources. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MAP 215.
Co-requisites
MAP 215 and MAP 210.
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Externship

Item #
MAP 215
Total Credits
8

Capstone course gives students practical experiences in physician offices and/or clinics. Student must successfully pass MAP 210 in order to be eligible for this course. 

Co-requisites
MAP 210 and 222.
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Public Speaking

Item #
CMST& 220
Total Credits
5

An Open Course Library class with inexpensive course materials. Assists students in developing real-world oral communication skills. Capture the dynamics of today’s business realities and see the benefits of effective communication. Selection of topics, library research, analysis, oral style, use of visual aids, and preparation and delivery of various types of speeches and oral presentations are included. The Internet, email, community interaction, and other practical tools support student learning and increase public speaking skills. Emphasis is placed on principles of cultural diversity.

 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS (81 in reading)/SLEP placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Math for Health Occupations

Item #
MAT 108
Total Credits
5

Develops elements of algebra, including quadratic equations with real roots and unit conversion processes applied to U. S. and metric measure, calculation of dosages, and intravenous infusions. Covers solutions and dilutions, elementary chemical calculations, and elementary non-linear functions. Scientific calculator required. 

Prerequisites
COMPASS algebra score of 62 or above or college algebra score of 40 or above, or successful completion of MAT 091.
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Introduction to Sociology

Item #
SOC& 101DIV
Total Credits
5

Focuses on understanding and applying the sociological perspective, which stresses the importance of the impact of social forces external to the individual in shaping people’s lives and experiences. Topics studied will include socialization, social interaction, culture, groups, social structure, deviance, social inequality, social class, race, gender, institutions (political, economic, educational, and family), collective behavior and social change. Students will be asked to learn the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives of sociology; to see how these operate in terms of social processes, structures, and events; and to apply this knowledge to better understand the social world.

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS (81 in reading, 77 in writing)/SLEP placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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