Asnuntuck Community College Medical Assistant Program

Asnuntuck Community College Medical Assistant Program

Program Reviewed

Medical Assistant Program

Credits Available

  • Administrative Medical Assisting (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Electronic Health Records (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Human Biology (4 credits, lower division level)
  • Insurance and Billing (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Job Skills (1 credits, lower division level)
  • Medical Assistant Clinical Externship (4 credits, lower division level)
  • Medical Assistant Lab (7 credits, lower division level)
  • Medical Terminology (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Medical Transcription (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Psychology for Health Care (2 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

August 2010 through August 2020

Source of Records

Asnuntuck Community College; 170 Elm Street; Enfield, CT 06082

About the Training Sponsor

The Department of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Asnuntuck Community College was established to provide opportunities for lifelong learning for residents of the College's service area. The Department is dedicated to providing relevant programs and services to the general public, business and industry, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, and others, and to promoting the College as a focus of lifelong learning.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Administrative Medical Assisting (3 credits, lower division level)
Administrative Medical Assisting and Insurance and Billing are based on successful completion of Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Law and Ethics, and Medical Assistant Office Procedures
Medical Billing and Coding: Students receive an overview of developments of health insurance in this country, managed care, the life cycle of an insurance claim, legal and regulatory issues, and the process of generating an insurance claim. Students will learn the procedures for ICD-9-CM and CPT coding. Federal and commercial insurance plans will be discussed.
Medical Law and Ethics: The legalities and ethical behavior associated with the medical practice or facility are discussed with emphasis on the legal and ethical responsibilities of health care practitioners. Federal regulations and guidelines pertinent to medical practices are reviewed. Students will develop an understanding of dealing with patients within a professional code of ethics. Basic concepts of office administration and human resource management are covered.
Medical Office Procedures: Students are presented with a basic overview of front office procedures in a medical facility. Emphasis is on daily office procedures, financial management, insurance, and computer literacy needed for the health care industry today.

Electronic Health Records (3 credits, lower division level)
This course begins with a focus on the development of keyboarding skills and basic Word 2013 functions. Students will be required to complete ten assigned productions. The remainder of the course will be dedicated to Electronic Health Records (HER). Upon completion of this course, the student will feel prepared and confident working with EHR. Students will receive theory and practical applications of EHR. Applications are integrated throughout each chapter, allowing the students to practice with actual software and reinforce key concepts. Students will be required to complete Chapter Review Activities to assess their knowledge of the material and gain experience using the software.

Human Biology with lab (4 credits, lower division level)
This course is a basic study of the structure and functions of the human body. It is designed to provide the fundamental knowledge of how each system functions. The anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system will be discussed. The skeletal system and the muscular system will be covered in detail. Blood, cardiovascular system, lymph system, and the digestive system will also be discussed. Disorders and medical treatments particular to each system will be highlighted.

Insurance and Billing (3 credits, lower division level)
Administrative Medical Assisting and Insurance and Billing are based on successful completion of Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Law and Ethics, and Medical Assistant Office Procedures
Medical Billing and Coding: Students receive an overview of developments of health insurance in this country, managed care, the life cycle of an insurance claim, legal and regulatory issues, and the process of generating an insurance claim. Students will learn the procedures for ICD-9-CM and CPT coding. Federal and commercial insurance plans will be discussed.
Medical Law and Ethics: The legalities and ethical behavior associated with the medical practice or facility are discussed with emphasis on the legal and ethical responsibilities of health care practitioners. Federal regulations and guidelines pertinent to medical practices are reviewed. Students will develop an understanding of dealing with patients within a professional code of ethics. Basic concepts of office administration and human resource management are covered.
Medical Office Procedures: Students are presented with a basic overview of front office procedures in a medical facility. Emphasis is on daily office procedures, financial management, insurance, and computer literacy needed for the health care industry today.

Job Search Skills (1 credit, lower division level)
This course is designed to aid students to successfully transition into their chosen careers. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a resume as well as essential interview skills.

Medical Assistant Clinical Externship (4 credits, lower division level)
This course requires the student, in the controlled environment of an approved medical assisting externship site, to experience the hands-on application of the administrative, clinical and professional procedures necessary to the field of medical assisting. This course requires the student to complete 180 hours of supervised practical experience in a program approved site.

Medical Assistant Lab (7 credits, lower division level)
Medical Assistant Lab One: Skills that will be covered in this course include taking vital signs and measurements, documenting medical histories, charting pertinent findings, and assisting during routine and specialty medical exams and treatments. Medical asepsis is stressed. Through the use of lectures, discussions, role-playing, and hands-on practice, the student develops competency in these skill areas.
Medical Assistant Lab Two: Through lectures, discussion, role playing and practice sessions this course demonstrates the concepts of urinalysis, pharmacology, medication administration, the use of the PDR, procedures for performing EKGs. Students will also become familiar with preparing and assisting in radiologic procedures.
Medical Assistant Lab Three: Students role-play and practice skills needed in a medical office. They learn the purpose of laboratory testing, types of tests, laboratory request forms, specimen collection, and storage procedures are covered. Students learn blood collection methods and general hematology tests performed in a medical office. Medical asepsis and sterilization procedures are stressed. Students will learn to set up sterile fields for surgery and learn the different types of sutures most commonly used in a physician's office. Basic microbiology is discussed and the safe handling of microbiological specimens is stressed.

Medical Terminology (3 credits, lower division level)
The goal of this course is acquire basic medical terminologyfor students who will be entering into a medical profession. Standard roots, suffixes, and prefixes will be covered. Terms associated with each body system as well as common diseasesto each body system will be covered. Anatomy and Physiology will be covered in order to make learning more interesting and the terms associated with each body system more easily understood. Correct spelling will be emphasized.

Medical Transcription (3 credits, lower division level)
The course will provide important foundation material necessary for the skill of medical transcription. The essential knowledge and skills of medical transcription will be relayed to ensure the success of a medical assistant. The course will integrate and advance previously learned medical terminology and keyboarding skills. The course gives an overview of the most common medical reports. Prerequisite: EHR and Medical Terminology

Psychology for Health Care (2 credits, lower division level)
This course is an overview of the history of the medical practice and an insight of aspects impacting the medical profession, patients, and medical practice in today's health care profession. It introduces the professional and personal aspects of medical assisting. Therapeutic communications skills are stressed. Particular focus is on specific skills needed to appropriately communicate with a variety of patient profiles. The underlying psychology of specific patient populations is examined.

About the Review

This review was funded by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI), a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. HLSCI is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.