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Associated

Technical

College

Medical Assistant

The course prepares the graduate for entry-level positions in the medical field as medical assistants, front and back office, and as cardiac technicians. Throughout the course, the participants receive instruction in a wide variety of medical procedures through lecture, laboratory demonstration, and hands-on experience in a clinical type setting.

 

This course is geared toward getting the student ready for jobs in busy medical offices, coronary care units, cardiology departments and administrative positions in the medical field.

The course prepares the student to perform basic medical procedures including vital signs, routine laboratory work, resting ECG's, first aid measures, and reading abnormal ECG tracings. During the course, the student is trained to perform injections and venipuncture.  Students are trained to perform stress tests, Holters, and echocardiography. Great emphasis is placed on developing safety procedures for the technicians as well as for the patient.

 

To assist students in developing skills which will enable them to gain entry level positions as medical assistants and/or cardiac technicians.

 Course Subjects

Medical Terminology - Students learn the meaning of most commonly used prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in medical language thus developing ability to learn and understand medical terms.

 

Office Procedures – Students learn the different filing systems used in the medical field, methods of documenting patient’s visits, and various aspects of proper documentation.

 

Law and Ethics – Students learn about different types of legal issues that might arise in everyday medical practices; the module develops avoiding wrongful actions while performing day-to day responsibilities

 

Microbiology – The course delivers basic knowledge on categories of different disease causing microorganisms and human defense mechanisms against microbial infections (immunology)

 

Windows/Word – Students obtain basic skills to be able to operate Windows and Microsoft Word programs. Particularly, they learn to enter and format text according to given requirements using different tools of the program.

 

Excel/Internet – Students learn how to operate basic Microsoft Excel and Internet for various needs in medical practice; they gain skills to create tables, apply different styles and formulas for basic calculations, represents data in the form of charts.

 

Anatomy I – Introduces basic bone structure and skeletal system; bone physiology and nomenclature; muscular physiology as it relates to connecting bones, muscles and joints.

 

Anatomy II –Introduces the basic anatomy and physiology of integumentary and digestive system. Students learn correct spelling and pronunciation of terms related to the subject.

 

Anatomy III –Provides the fundamental knowledge on structure and function of heart, blood vessels and blood circulation.

 

Physical Examination –Student Familiarizes with the tools used in the exam room and the protocol that is followed. Student also learn how to prepare a patient based on the type of examination to be performed. Assisting the doctor during physical examinations; preparing the patient, gathering medical history and taking vital signs.

 

Dermatology/Neurology/Gastro Assisting –Medical Terminology, diseases, and disorders associated with these specialties; examination protocol.

 

Hematology/venipuncture – How blood labs are performed and the responsibilities of the medical assistant. How

blood cells are used in diagnosis diseases. Drawing blood.

 

Urology/Urinalysis – Anatomy and Physiology of the urinary system; diagnostic uses of urinalysis.

 

Pharmacology – History and background leading to drug sources, names and regulations; mathematical calculations in drug administration; generic/trade names; drug interactions; recognizing drug emergencies.

 

Orthopedics/Diagnostics – Diagnostic tests and examination protocol.

 

OB/GYN & Male Reproduction –Parts and functions of the male and female reproductive system; assisting the doctor in examination.

 

Fundamentals of ECG –Basic of dealing with patients with heart problems. Introducing to the ECG environment.

 

Heart Anatomy & Physiology – Anatomy of the heart and blood flow; physiology of the heartbeat.

 

ECG Configurations-Basic readings of the ECG tracing.

 

CPR- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation of the patient. This module follows the guidelines set forth by the American

Heart Association.

 

Holter and Stress Test- Assessment of the patient’s need for Holter monitoring; basic operation of the Holter machines; Patient assessment for stress testing; risk categories.

 

ECG Normal Interpretation

 

ECG Abnormal Interpretation

 

Pediatrics-This module deals with child development.

 

Emergency Procedures – Recognizing emergencies; commonly accepted protocols and emergency procedures used in the medical field.

 

Geriatric- Recognizing medical compliance in the older adult, mental health, coping with aging, long-term care, older adult abuse, medication, systemic changes, and diseases of the older adult.

 

Asepsis/ Surgeries –Disinfection and sanitation of the surgical room.

 

Career Development– This course is designed to prepare students back in the workforce in the field of study; students are taught skills that are necessary to prepare them to the job search process. Through various exercises and the use of electronic and traditional media, students are taught how to develop career goals. They are also challenged to realize their potential in their chosen fields and how to use this knowledge in the job-hunting process. Students are required to write a resume, cover letter, job application, interview techniques, and other related assignments.

Healthcare Insurance –Types of health insurance; health insurance basics and reporting.

 

Office Management – Basic managerial skills, basic accounting and bookkeeping procedures widely used in doctor’s office; employee responsibilities.

 

 

 

Los Angeles Campus

1670 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles,California 90017

(213) 353-1845 Fax (213) 413-6938

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