2015-16 Catalog

Medical Assisting

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

The medical assisting program is a one-year certificate that 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.

Medical assistants work closely with physicians, nurses, and other allied health and office personnel. Although most medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week, they may be assigned evenings or weekends dependent upon their place of employment. If you are considering this field, you should be able to accurately record and keep track of information, maintain confidentiality, deal calmly and professionally with patients, follow medical charts and understand diagnoses, and work with electronic health records.

The Medical Assisting program offers courses on the Galesburg Campus. Labs take place in the College of Nursing Building with access to the skills lab and health assessment lab where essential skills will be demonstrated and practiced. Practicum experiences for the Medical Assisting program will be gained with physician offices and clinics in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg Cottage Physician Offices, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center and Clinics, and other surrounding community’s agencies as needed. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT). Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $29,370 *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Level of patient contact: High
  • Length of the program: One year Certificate
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Fall
  • Evening classes offered
  • Employment opportunities in a variety of settings
  • Prepare for the AMT exam

Admission to the Program

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

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Medical Assisting program prior to enrolling in any Medical Assisting courses. Enrollment is limited.

  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. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS if needed.
  4. The following COMPASS scores are required for admission within 5 years: Reading – Score of 83 or higher; Writing – Score of 47 or higher; Math Pre-Algebra – Score of 47 or higher or equivalent ACT scores of 20 Reading; 20 English; 25 Math within 2 years or transcripts showing successful completion of college level English and Math.
  5. Students who do not meet the minimum required scores in each of the respective categories identified above in #4 may qualify for admission by completing the appropriate course(s) with grades of “C” of better: Reading – RDG 096; Writing – ENG 098; Math – MAT 080.
  6. Schedule an appointment with the advisor for the Medical Assisting program. 
  7. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a “C” or better:
    • Medical Terminology - MDT.100
    • Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals - BIO.111
    • Keyboarding and Formatting I - AOP101 or Tech Skills for Business Environ. BOC 107
  8. HTH.130 (First Aid/CPR) may be completed before going through the application process.
  9. Complete an application for admission to the Medical Assisting program. Applications are available from the program advisor. Admission is competitive. Only the most qualified applicants are admitted. Applications will be accepted February 1 until the June 1 deadline for the August start date. Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the deadline of admission status.
  10. The following criteria are required of accepted applicants and all information will be explained in detail upon admission into the program:
  • Applicants accepted into the Medical Assisting program must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Medical Assistant Program Essential Skills (see program website) with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Students accepted will be required to show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen.
  • Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  • Estimated Costs (see program website)

11.  Please note that findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program.  Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

For Graduation Requirements:

http://catalog.sandburg.edu/academicinformation/#graduation_policies_and_procedures

Certificate

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

HTH.130 First Aid22

In this course students will be learning how to make appropriate decisions regarding first aid care and how to respond correctly to emergencies. Students will develop first aid skills via practice on mannequins and may be eligible for CPR and/or First Aid certification by the American Red Cross. Other medical emergency situations studied include water safety, substance abuse, poisoning, bleeding, shock, and injuries of various types. Also emphasized is the importance of a person's maintenance of a safe and healthy lifestyle.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

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.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.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.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.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.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