Medical Assisting, AAS



Year 1 Semester 1
Summer
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications

Introduces and develops foundational skills in applying essential and emerging business productivity information technology tools. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications including word processing spreadsheets databases presentation graphics data analytics and business-oriented utilization of the internet.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

Knowledge of keyboard.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1205 Medical Law & Ethics

This is a course of instruction in principles procedures and regulations involving legal and ethical relationships among physicians patients and medical assistants in ambulatory care settings.

Credit hours
2 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
One hour of lecture and four hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology

This course is a study and practical application of medical vocabulary system. Includes structure recognition analysis definition spelling pronunciation and combination of medical terms form prefixes suffixes roots and combining forms. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
8

Year 1 Semester 2
Fall
ENGL 1301 English Composition I

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes from invention and researching to drafting revising and editing both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices including audience purpose arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning communicating and critical analysis.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.

Note

English Composition I is a prerequisite for all 2000-level literature courses.

MDCA 1421 Administrative Procedures

This course is a method of instruction for medical office procedures including appointment scheduling medical records creation and maintenance phone communications financial processes coding billing collecting third party reimbursement credit arrangements and computer use in the medical office. (Fall)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two lecture hours and six lab hours each week
Prerequisites

Admission to the Medical Assistant Program MDCA 1205 MDCA 1313  BCIS 1305 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1343 Medical Insurance

This course emphasizes medical office coding for payment and reimbursement by patient or third-party payers for ambulatory care settings. (Fall)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

MDCA 1313  BCIS 1305 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of behavior. Special emphasis is placed on methods of research and critical thinking skills. This is a survey course and covers a variety of topics theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. PSYC 2301 is reading and writing intensive and is a college sophomore course.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
Total Credit Hours
13

Year 1 Semester 3
Spring
MDCA 1317 Procedures in a Clinical Setting I

This course places emphasis on patient-centered assessment examination and treatment as directed by a physician.  It included vital sign collection and documentation of patient information asepsis office clinical procedures and other treatments as appropriate for ambulatory settings. (Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

MDCA 1313 MDCA 1421 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1302 Human Disease/Pathophysiology

This course is a study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on human pathophysiology including etiology prognosis medical treatment and signs of symptoms of common diseases of the body systems.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MDCA 1313 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1309 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants

This course emphasizes structure and function of human cells tissues organs and systems with overview of common pathophysiology. (Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

MDCA 1313 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MATH 1342 Introductory Statistics

This is a first course in statistics with topics that span collection analysis presentation and interpretation of data and probability. Analysis includes descriptive statistics correlation and regression confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week
Prerequisites

TSI Complete

Total Credit Hours
15

Year 2 Semester 1
Summer
MDCA 1360 Clinical-Medical/Clinical Assistant

This course is a health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized theory skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Additional requirements include completion of an approved Health Care Provider CPR course completion of immunizations and other administrative requirements.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Nine hours of clinicals each week
Prerequisites

MDCA 1317


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
3

Year 2 Semester 2
Fall
MDCA 1417 Procedures in a Clinical Setting II

This course places emphasis on patient-centered assessment examination and treatment as directed by a physician. It includes vital signs collection and documentation of patient information asepsis office clinical procedures and other treatments as appropriate for ambulatory care settings. (Fall)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

Admission to the Medical Assistant Program MDCA 1317 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1348 Pharmacology & Administration of Medications

Instruction in concepts and application of pharmacological principles. Focuses on drug classifications principles and procedures of medication administration mathematical systems and conversions calculation of drug problems and medico-legal responsibilities of the medical assistant. (Fall)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Admission to the Medical Assistant Program MDCA 1317  MATH 1314 or MATH 1342 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1352 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures

Application of governmental health care guidelines. Includes specimen collection and handling quality assurance and quality control in performance of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived laboratory testing. (Fall)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Admission to the Medical Assistant Program MDCA 1309 MDCA 1313 MDCA 1317 MATH 1314 MATH 1342 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1361 Clinical-Medical/Clinical Assistant

This course is a health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized theory skills and concepts.  Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.  Additional requirements include completion of an approved Health Care Provider CPR course completion of immunications and other administrative requirements.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Nine hours of clinical each week
Prerequisites

MDCA 1417 MDCA 1302  and instructor permission required.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
13

Year 2 Semester 3
Spring
MDCA 1254 Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review

This course is a preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant (American Association of Medical Assistants)or Registered Medical Assistant (American Medical Technologists) credentialing exam. (Spring)

Credit hours
2 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
One hour of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Admission to the Medical Assistant Program MDCA 1361 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development

This course is designed for students who wish to learn more about the study of human growth development and behavior while considering the impact of physical intellectual social and emotional aspects of growth from conception to maturity. Students will gain a better understanding of the study of human growth from conception to death acquire a basic knowledge of human development and develop a familiarity with psychological terms. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
MDCA 1362 Clinical-Medical/Clinical Assistant

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Sixteen hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Admission to the Medical Assistant Program MDCA 1360 MDCA 1361 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
8

Total Program Hours
60



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Medical Assistant (MA) program is designed to prepare entry-level MAs to meet the needs of an ever-expanding allied health field. MAs are multi-skilled health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory care settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The goal of the program is to prepare competent MAs in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This is an application-only program. Please consult a faculty advisor or program director for more information. CIP: 51.0801


Recommended High School Endorsement
Public Service

Faculty Advisor

Division Chair

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:


TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES:

Texas A&M University - Texarkana


 

For More Information Contact

April Brannon
903-434-8131
abrannon@ntcc.edu