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
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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.
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.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|CAH 102||Medical Terminology I||5|
|COLL 101||Foundation for College Success||2|
|CAH 105CL||Computer Applications||5|
|MAP 104||Introduction to Medical Assisting||2|
|MAP 121||Body Systems Theory 101||4|
|MAP 124||Body Systems Applications 101||3|
|MAP 179||Health Insurance, Coding Practices & Billing & Collecting||5|
|MAP 171||Automated Computer Applications||4|
|MAP 147||Body Systems Theory 102||4|
|MAP 163||Body Systems Applications 102||3|
|MAP 166||Body Systems Theory 103||4|
|MAP 169||Body Systems Applications 103||3|
|MAP 173||Accounting Practices||4|
|MAP 177||Financial Practices||2|
|MAP 182||Patient Reception & Legal Components||4|
|MAP 184||Medical Records Management||3|
|MAP 213||Preparation for Externship||4|
|MAP 210||Invasive Procedures||4|
|MAP 222||Community Employment Opportunities & Locations||1|
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5|
|MAT 108||Math for Health Occupations||5|
|SOC& 101DIV||Introduction to Sociology||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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caring for patients with disorders associated with dermatology, orthopedic medicine, surgical asepsis and procedures. Instruction will include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and terminology.
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.
Covers basics of accounting and bookkeeping. Includes expanded discussion on manual procedures for accounts receivable management for both private patients and insurance companies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.