Medical Assisting Course Descriptions

MED 110 Orientation to Medical Assisting

This course covers the history of medicine and the role of the medical assistant in the health care setting. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, communication, attitude, behaviors, and duties in the medical environment. Upon completion, students should be able to project a positive attitude and promote the profession of medical assisting.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Medical Assisting certificate, diploma, or degree
Corequisite: None
MED 110 Course Outline

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MED 112 Orientation to Clinic Setting I

This course provides an early opportunity to observe and/or perform in the medical setting. Emphasis is on medical assisting procedures including appointment scheduling, filing, greeting patients, telephone techniques, billing, collections, medical records, and related medical procedures.  Upon completion, students should be able to identify administrative and clinical procedures in the medical environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Medical Assisting certificate, diploma, or degree
Corequisite: None
MED 112 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 114 Professional Interaction in Health Care

This course is designed to identify various patient behaviors encountered in the medical setting. Emphasis is on stressors related to illness, cultural influences, death and dying, and needs specific to patients. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize appropriate methods of verbal and nonverbal communication with empathy and impartiality.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: MED 110
Corequisite: None
MED 114 Course Outline

MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics

This course covers legal relationships of physicians and patients, contractual agreements, professional liability, malpractice, medical practice acts, informed consent, and bioethical issues. Emphasis is placed on legal terms, professional attitudes, and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Upon completion, students should be able to meet the legal and ethical responsibilities of a multi-skilled health professional.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Medical Assisting certificate, diploma, or degree
Corequisite: None
MED 118 Course Outline

MED 120 Survey of Med Terminology

This course introduces the vocabulary, abbreviations, and symbols used in the language of medicine. Emphasis is placed on building medical terms using prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define accepted medical terms.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
MED 120 Course Outline

MED 121 Medical Terminology I

This course introduces prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in the language of medicine. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms as related to selected body systems and their pathological disorders.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
MED 121 Course Outline

MED 122 Medical Terminology II

This course is the second in a series of medical terminology courses. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms as related to selected body systems and their pathological disorders.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: MED 121
Corequisite: None
MED 122 Course Outline

MED 130 Admin Office Proc I

This course introduces medical office administrative procedures. Topics include appointment processing, written and oral communications, medical records, patient orientation, and safety. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic administrative skills within the medical environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: ACA 122, CIS 110, ENG 111
Corequisite: CIS 110
MED 130 Course Outline

MED 131 Admin Office Proc II

This course provides medical office procedures in both economic and management skills. Topics include physical plant maintenance, equipment and supplies, liability coverage, medical economics, and introductory insurance procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to manage the economics of the medical office and supervise personnel.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: MED 130
Corequisite: None
MED 131 Course Outline

MED 138 Infection/Hazard Control

This course introduces the student to infection and hazard control procedures necessary for the healthcare worker. Topics include introduction to Microbiology, Practical Infection Control, Sterilization and Monitoring, Chemical Disinfectants, Aseptic Technique, Infectious diseases, and applicable North Carolina laws. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of infectious diseases, disease transmission, infection control procedures, biohazard management, OSH standards, and applicable North Carolina laws.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: MED 260
Corequisite: None
MED 138 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 140 Exam Room Procedures I

This course provides instruction in clinical examining room procedures. Topics include asepsis, infection control, assisting with exams and treatment, patient education, preparation and administration of medications, EKG, vital signs, and medical emergencies. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in exam room procedures.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 4; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 5
Prerequisite: MED 110, MED 121, MAT 110, BIO 163, or BIO 168 and BIO 169, MED 118, MED 130
Corequisite: MED 122, MED 150
MED 140 Course Outline

MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I

This course provides instruction in basic lab techniques used by the medical assistant. Topics include lab safety, quality control, collecting and processing specimens, performing selective tests, phlebotomy, screening and follow-up of test results, and OSHA/CLIA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic lab tests/skills based on course topics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 4; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 5
Prerequisite: MED 110, MED 118, MED 121, BIO 163 or BIO 168 and BIO 169
Corequisite: MED 140
MED 150 Course Outline

MED 232 Medical Insurance Coding

This course is designed to develop coding skills. Emphasis is on advanced diagnostic and procedural coding in the outpatient facility.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in coding for reimbursement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: MED 110, MED 121, MED 260
Corequisite: MED 122
MED 232 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 260 MED Clinical Externship

This course provides the opportunity to apply clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills in a medical facility. Emphasis is placed on enhancing competence in clinical and administrative skills necessary for comprehensive patient care and strengthening professional communications and interactions. Upon completion, students should be able to function as an entry-level health care professional.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 15
Semester Hours Credit: 5
Prerequisite: All previous courses in Medical Assisting diploma
Corequisite: MED 264
MED 260 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 264 Medical Assisting Overview

This course provides an overview of the complete medical assisting curriculum. Emphasis is placed on all facets of medical assisting pertinent to administrative, laboratory, and clinical procedures performed in the medical environment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas covered on the national certification examination for medical assistants.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
MED 264 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 270 Symptomatology

This course covers the study of disease symptoms and the appropriate actions taken by medical assistants in a medical facility in relation to these symptoms. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills and appropriate triage, preparing patients for procedures, and screening test results. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize how certain symptoms relate to specific diseases, recognize emergency situations, and take appropriate actions.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: MED 260
Corequisite: None
MED 270 Course Outline: Not Available

MED 272 Drug Therapy

This course focuses on major drug groups, including their side effects, interactions, methods of administration, and proper documentation. Emphasis is placed on the theory of drug administration. Upon completion, students should be able to identify, spell, recognize side effects of, and document the most commonly used medications in a physician's office.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: MED 260
Corequisite: None
MED 272 Course Outline: Not Available

 

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