2014-15 Catalog

Medical Assisting

Certificate

http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/medical-assisting

This program prepares students to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties in a variety of health care settings. As one of the fastest growing health care occupations, medical assistants are most commonly employed in medical offices and clinics. Their administrative responsibilities may include front office reception, billing, bookkeeping, basic correspondence, and scheduling of appointments. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, collecting laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, taking electrocardiograms, and assisting the physician during the examination and treatment of patients.

Admission to the Program: Limited

Admission information is available at http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/academics

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College, http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript showing graduation date or copy of GED score report and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions.
  3. Schedule an appointment with the advisor for the Medical Assisting program. 
  4. Complete the following courses with a “C” or better:
    • Medical Terminology - MDT.100
    • Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals - BIO.111
    • Keyboarding & Computer Essentials - CIS.105
  5. Complete the HOBET V.
  6. Complete an application for admission to the Medical Assisting program. Applications are available from the program advisor. 

Students interested in this program may complete HTH.130 (First Aid/CPR) before going through the application process.

Admission is competitive. Only the most qualified applicants are admitted. Applications will be accepted June 1 until the October 1 deadline for the January start date. If necessary, additional review dates may be scheduled. Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the deadline of admission status.

NOTE: This program requires a criminal background check, health evaluation including proof of immunity, 10-panel drug screen and CPR certification. Findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the health evaluation and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical site. Details for these requirements are presented at the mandatory meeting held prior to the start of the program.

Department of Career, Technical & Health Education
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500

Certificate

First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
MDA.100Fundamentals of Medical Assisting 2
MDA.101Intro to Management of Medical Office 1
MDA.110Adm Procedures in Medical Assisting 4
MDA.115Clinical Medical Assisting 1 5
HTH.130First Aid 2
Summer Session
MDA.125Clinical Medical Assisting 2 4
Fall Semester
MDA.112Pharmacology & Medication Administration 2
MDA.120Financial Procedures in the Medical Off. 4
MDA.127Clinical Laboratory Procedures (1st 8 weeks) 3
MDA.200Management of the Medical Office 1
MDA.205Medical Assisting Practicum (2nd 8 weeks) 3
 Total Program Hours: 31.0

NOTE: Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting program must complete all MDA and BIO courses with a grade of "C" or better in order to be eligible to register for subsequent courses. In order to graduate, students must complete all required courses with a grade of "C" or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Hr/Wk
Lect/
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Hr/Wk
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Lab
Sem
Cr
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Courses

MDA.100 Fundamentals of Medical Assisting22

This course introduces the student to the professional role and responsibilities of a medical assistant. Emphasis is placed on communication skills and interpersonal relationships in the clinical environment. Legal and ethical considerations are also covered as they relate to medical practice. Special attention is given to issues associated with patient privacy and confidentiality, including a review of HIPAA regulations.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.101 Intro to Management of Medical Office11

This course will provide an introduction to the administrative responsibilities associated with management of a medical office. Students will be exposed to issues relevant to personnel, office policies and procedures, conflict resolution, and customer service.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.110 Adm Procedures in Medical Assisting3.514

In this course Medical Assisting students are instructed in the performance of clerical and administrative office procedures. Verbal and written communication skills will be stressed as students study patient reception techniques, appointment scheduling, and medical records management.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Prerequisites: Take BOC.107
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.112 Pharmacology & Medication Administration1.512

This course introduces the student to the principles of pharmacology and the uses and effects of commonly prescribed drugs. The professional role and legal responsibilities of the medical assistant are emphasized as students study the calculation of medication dosages and the techniques of administration.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.115 Clinical Medical Assisting 1425

This course will introduce the student to the clinical aspects of a medical office environment. The student will learn how to assist the physician in the general examination and treatment of patients, take vital signs, collect health information, and perform basic screening procedures. The course will cover the principles of infection control, including the use of standard precautions and adherence to OSHA guidelines. Patient education/instruction will also be emphasized.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.120 Financial Procedures in the Medical Off.44

Students will explore the financial aspects of a medical office and develop an understanding of coding, billing and third-party reimbursement processes. A basic introduction to banking services and office accounting procedures is also included.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.125 Clinical Medical Assisting 2324

This course expands on the clinical skills learned in MDA 115 by focusing on the duties and responsibilities of a medical assistant employed in a specialty practice. Students will cover examinations, tests and treatments that are common to each specialized clinical practice area. Emphasis will also be placed on the study of disorders and diseases relevant to each medical specialty or associated body system.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.127 Clinical Laboratory Procedures1.533

This course provides instruction in clinical laboratory procedures typically performed by medical assistants. Students are taught collection and processing of specimens as well as the performance of selected laboratory tests. Basic instruction in venous and capillary puncture (phlebotomy) is included in the course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.200 Management of the Medical Office11

In this course, students are provided with a basic introduction to the administrative responsibilities associated with managing a medical practice. The development of problem solving skills is emphasized as issues related to personnel, office policies/procedures, and customer service are presented.
Offered: Fall or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits: Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MDA.205 Medical Assisting Practicum153

This course provides Medical Assisting students with the opportunity to participate in a clinical externship. Under the supervision of a clinical preceptor, students will gain experience in a local medical facility. The course also includes an orientation prior to assignment and a one week review seminar at the completion of the rotation.
Offered: Fall or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable