Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals to be qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations, assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration, and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Advanced credits can be awarded toward completion of requirements for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting. Individuals desiring a career in Medical Assisting should, if possible, take biology, mathematics, keyboarding and computer courses prior to entering the program. Students are admitted to the Medical Assisting program for fall and spring semesters.

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Medical Assisting (A45400)

Degree Awarded

A Degree in Medical Assisting is awarded by the College upon completion of the degree requirements.

Admissions

  • Complete a CPCC application.
  • Submit high school transcripts as well as any college transcripts (if applicable).
  • Take required placement tests.
  • Complete any required Developmental classes with a “C” or better.
  • Students are selected to enter the program. Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses in the scheduled sequence. Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites. Check the Courses section for details.
  • Submit a physical examination (including a drug screen) documenting the ability to complete all program requirements
  • Demonstrate word processing proficiency including keying (typing) at an acceptable speed with accurate level and document formatting. The typing speed required is at least 30 wpm with 80 percent accuracy. If a student cannot demonstrate word processing proficiency,the course OST 131 is required.
  • Demonstrate basic computer competencies through course work or testing. The division director of Computer Office and Information Systems determines equivalence and competencies.Course CIS 110 is required if course work is needed to demonstrate competencies.

Notes

  • ACA 118 College Study Skills is highly recommended before or with entrance in the Medical Assisting program.
  • Progression in this program is dependent on satisfying course prerequisites, co-requisites and maintaining a grade of “C” or better for all courses in the curriculum.
  • Students must have current CPR Certification prior to the Practicum (MED 260).
  • In addition to tuition, lab fees and textbooks, this program has additional costs that include uniforms, lab coats, personal protective equipment, physical examination including immunizations and drug screening and a CPCC Medical Assisting pin.
  • In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students may be required to submit results of a NC state or national criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

Contact Information

The Medical Assisting program is in the Medical Careers and Cosmetology Division. For more information, first go the website at cpcc.edu/medicalcareers/medical-assisting. If further information is needed, contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6482.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Major Requirements
MED 110Orientation to Medical Assisting1.0
MED 116Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology4.0
MED 118Medical Law and Ethics2.0
MED 121Medical Terminology I3.0
MED 122Medical Terminology II3.0
MED 130Administrative Office Procedures I2.0
MED 131Administrative Office Procedures II2.0
MED 140Examining Room Procedures I5.0
MED 150Laboratory Procedures I5.0
MED 240Examining Room Procedures II5.0
MED 260MED Clinical Practicum5.0
MED 262Clinical Perspectives1.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
MED 272Drug Therapy3.0
BUS 135Principles of Supervision3.0
MED 232Medical Insurance Coding2.0
or MED 274 Diet Therapy/Nutrition
or BIO 155 Nutrition
Take 3 credits from the following3.0
Symptomatology AAS degree choice
Medical Transcription Medical Scribe Certificate only
Electronic Medical Records I Medical Scribe Certificate only
Total Credits70

Medical Assisting Diploma (D45400)

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, medical transcription, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Graduates of CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments and hospitals.

Advanced credits can be awarded toward completion of requirements for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting. Individuals desiring a career in Medical Assisting should, if possible, take biology, mathematics, keyboarding and computer courses prior to entering the program. Students are admitted to the Medical Assisting program fall and spring semesters.

Diploma Awarded

A Diploma in Medical Assisting is awarded by the College upon completion of the diploma requirements. Graduates of this CAAHEP Accredited program may apply to take the certification examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. Credits from this program can be applied toward requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting.

Admissions

  • Complete a CPCC application.
  • Submit high school transcripts as well as any college transcripts (if applicable).
  • Take required placement tests.
  • Complete any required Developmental classes with a “C” or better.
  • Students must be selected to enter the program. Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses in the scheduled sequence.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.
  • A physical examination (including a drug screen) documenting the applicant’s ability to complete all program requirements is required
  • Students must demonstrate word processing proficiency including keying (typing) at an acceptable speed with accurate level and document formatting. Typing speed required is at least 30 wpm with 80 percent accuracy. If a student cannot demonstrate word processing proficiency, OST 131 is required.
  • Students must demonstrate basic computer competencies through course work or testing. The division director of Computer Office and Information Systems will determine equivalence and competencies. CIS 110 is required if course work is needed to demonstrate competencies.
  • Students entering or re-entering the MED program must successfully re-take any MED courses taken five or more years prior to the entry or re-entry point.

Program Accreditation

The Medical Assisting Diploma Program at Central Piedmont Community College Central Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs caahep.org upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 727.210.2350; caahep.org

Notes

  • ACA 118 College Study Skills is highly recommended before or with entrance in the Medical Assisting program.
  • Progression in this program is dependent on satisfying course prerequisites, co-requisites and maintaining a grade of “C” or better for all courses in the curriculum.
  • Students must have current CPR Certification prior to the Practicum (MED 260).
  • In addition to tuition, lab fees and textbooks, this program has additional costs that include uniforms, lab coats, personal protective equipment, physical examination including immunizations and drug screening, application fees for sitting for the Certification Exam and a CPCC Medical Assisting pin.
  • In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students may be required to submit results of a NC state or national criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

Contact Information

The Medical Assisting Program is in the Medical Careers and Cosmetology Division. For more information, first go the website at cpcc.edu/medicalcareers/medical-assisting. If further assistance is needed contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6493.

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Major Requirements
MED 110Orientation to Medical Assisting1.0
MED 118Medical Law and Ethics2.0
MED 121Medical Terminology I3.0
MED 122Medical Terminology II3.0
MED 130Administrative Office Procedures I2.0
MED 131Administrative Office Procedures II2.0
MED 140Examining Room Procedures I5.0
MED 150Laboratory Procedures I5.0
MED 260MED Clinical Practicum5.0
MED 116Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology4.0
MED 262Clinical Perspectives1.0
MED 240Examining Room Procedures II5.0
MED 272Drug Therapy3.0
Total Credits47

Medical Assisting Certificates (C45400)

Health Sciences Certificate Specialization in Fundamentals in Medical Assisting (C45920-C1)

This certificate is available to students enrolled in Career & College Promise.

Major Requirements
HSC 110Orientation to Health Careers1.0
HSC 140Transcultural Healthcare2.0
HEA 112First Aid & CPR2.0
MED 121Medical Terminology I3.0
MED 110Orientation to Medical Assisting1.0
MED 118Medical Law and Ethics2.0
MED 122Medical Terminology II3.0
Total Credits14

Medical Assisting Certificate Specialization in Medical Scribe (C45400-C4)

This certificate is offered to credentialed Medical Assistants only.

Major Requirements
MED 232Medical Insurance Coding2.0
MED 270Symptomatology3.0
or HIT 226 Principles of Disease
MED 134Medical Transcription3.0
MED 183Electronic Medical Records I5.0
Total Credits13

Courses

MED 110. Orientation to Medical Assisting. 1.0 Credit. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 116. Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between body structure and function and the procedures common to health care. Upon completion, students should be able to identify body system components and functions relating this knowledge to the delivery of health care.

MED 118. Medical Law and Ethics. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 120. Survey of Medical Terminology. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 121. Medical Terminology I. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 122. Medical Terminology II. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

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.

Prerequisites: Take MED 121 Minimum grade C

MED 130. Administrative Office Procedures I. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 131. Administrative Office Procedures II. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 134. Medical Transcription. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the basic knowledge, understanding, and skills required to complete medical reports and transcribe medical dictation. Emphasis is placed on correct punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in medical transcription.

Prerequisites: Take MED 121 MED 116 Minimum grade C

MED 140. Examining Room Procedures I. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 150. Laboratory Procedures I. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

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.

Corequisites: Take MED 240

MED 183. Electronic Medical Records I. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces students to the design and creation of Electronic Methods Records using a variety of EMR models. Topics include historial background of electronic medical records, legal/ethical principles inherent to healthcare information, patient flow, scheduling, call processing and tasking using the EMR. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the history of EMR, identify emerging issues, apply ethical principles, and use basic modules of an EMR.

Corequisites: Take One: CIS 110, CIS 111 or OST 131

MED 232. Medical Insurance Coding. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

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

MED 240. Examining Room Procedures II. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to expand and build upon skills presented in MED 140. Emphasis is placed on advanced exam room procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate enhanced competence in selected exam room procedures.

Prerequisites: Take MED 140 Minimum grade C
Corequisites: Take MED 150

MED 260. MED Clinical Practicum. 5.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-15.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

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.

Corequisites: Take MED 262

MED 262. Clinical Perspectives. 1.0 Credit. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to explore personal and occupational responsibilities of the practicing medical assistant. Emphasis is placed on problems encountered during externships and development of problem-solving skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate courteous and diplomatic behavior when solving problems in the medical facility.

Corequisites: Take MED 260

MED 270. Symptomatology. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 272. Drug Therapy. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

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.

MED 274. Diet Therapy/Nutrition. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic principles of nutrition as they relate to health and disease. Topics include basic nutrients, physiology, dietary deficiencies, weight management, and therapeutic nutrition in wellness and disease. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret clinical and dietary data and provide patient counseling and education.