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Medical Assisting (MA Courses)

MA 305 Body Systems and Disease

5.0 units.
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Course Offered: Fall
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
A study of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic testing and treatment modalities.

MA 350 MA Fundamentals

2.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Admittance to MA program
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
The course introduces the student to the medical assisting profession including aspects of the work environment, laws that govern the profession, code of ethics, multicultural issues, communication techniques, and the profession characteristics that enable the medical assistant to be a successful member of a heath care team. Study skills, critical thinking, and basic pharmacological math are also included.

MA 351 MA Clinical Procedures 1

3.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Admittance to MA program
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
The course is designed to prepare the student to assist the doctor in selected phases of clinical procedures. It emphasizes asepsis, physical examination, screening practices, including care and use of equipment.

MA 352 MA Administrative Procedures

4.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Admittance to MA program
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
The course explores administrative office tasks including secretarial and accounting procedures, written and oral communications, appointment scheduling, and records management. Topics include insurance, banking, professional fees, billing, and collection of fees. Administrative legal and ethical issues are addressed. Computer applications are employed for most functions in the medical field.

MA 353 MA Clinical Procedures 2

5.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Admittance to MA program
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Course Offered: Spring
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
The course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop skills required to perform medical office laboratory procedures and to provide patient education.

MA 355 MA Pharmacology

4.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Admittance to MA program; and Successful completion of first semester MA courses
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
The course is designed to provide instruction in the scope of practice of the Medical Assistant in medication administration. Included are drug classifications, drug measurement systems, and calculation of dosages. Parenteral and non-parenteral drug administration techniques are practiced.

MA 356 MA Job Success Externship

3.5 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Admittance to MA program; and Successful completion of the first semester MA courses.
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
The course provides an opportunity for students to be exposed to the actual work environment and practice job skills learned in the program. Students interface regularly with faculty during the experience.

MA 360 Medical Billing & Insurance

4.0 units.
Corequisite: MA 361 - Coding for Medical Insurance
Limitations on Enrollment: Successful completion of first semester MA courses
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Course Offered: Fall
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
The course covers practices and principles of health insurance using medical terminology for completion of medical forms. It is an introduction to various types of medical billing practices including the pegboard system, computerized billing, basic insurance forms, collections, and basic legal aspects of billing.

MA 361 Coding for Medical Insurance

3.0 units.
Corequisite: MA 360 - Medical Billing & Insurance
Limitations on Enrollment: Admittance to the MA program
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Course Offered: Spring
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
The course covers practices and principles of health insurance and health care finance coding procedures. International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision Clinical Modification (ICD 10-CM), current Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) guidelines for coding and reporting are utilized in practical application scenarios.