Courses

All students in the medical assistant program are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

A challenge test is offered for CMA 155 Applied Math Concepts. No other courses may be challenged or given credit for experiential learning, however, transfer credit from other regionally-accredited institutions may be accepted for designated CMA courses.

Term One

CMA 100

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

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Transfer credit accepted: 3 cr Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to the prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and root words of medical language used in the healthcare professions. Emphasis is placed on analyzing, defining, and pronunciation of medical terminology. The course is supplemented with a series of fourteen unique audio-visual presentations using audionyms associated with each word part to aid in the student's learning.

  • Credits: 20 clock hours
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 110

STRUCTURE & FUNCTION OF THE HUMAN BODY

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Transfer credit accepted: 5 cr College Human Anatomy/Physiology

This course includes the basic study of human anatomy and physiology by examining cell function, tissues, the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, and the structure and function of the digestive, urinary, circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic, endocrine, and reproductive structures.

  • Credits: 80 clock hours
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 120

FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL ASSISTING I

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No transfer credit accepted

This course introduces the student to the theory and practical components of clinical medical assisting.  Included are discussions and applications of standard precautions, OSHA regulations, the chain of infection, microorganisms, aseptic technique, sanitization, and sterilization.  Patient assessment, proper documentation, and the taking and recording of vital signs and patient histories will be emphasized.

  • Credits: 30 clock hours
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 155

APPLIED MATH CONCEPTS

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No transfer credit accepted. May be challenged by a passing grade on the math competency examination administered at the time of the first class.

This course includes a basic math review that includes fractions, decimals, Roman numerals, ratio and proportions, and measurement systems utilized in healthcare.

  • Credits: 20 clock hours
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in CMA program

CMA 160

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

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Transfer credit accepted: 3 cr English Composition

This course is designed to help students develop confidence in reading, critical thinking, and writing at the certificate level. A variety of reading and writing assignments as well as intensive practice, discussion, and collaborative writing techniques in class help students to improve basic writing skills

  • Credits: 30 clock hours
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in CMA program.

CMA 175

PRINCIPLES OF LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT

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Transfer credit accepted: 3 cr Lifespan Psychology

This course introduces concepts related to the ongoing developmental process of the human lifespan including physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and personality development.

  • Credits: 20 clock hours
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in CMA program.

Term Two

CMA 205

HUMAN DISEASES & DISORDERS

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No transfer credit accepted

This course introduces students to the most common diseases and disorders in the ambulatory care setting. Diagnoses, symptoms, treatments, and pharmaceuticals for these diseases and disorders will also be introduced. Material in this course is discussed as it pertains to different body systems and age groups.

  • Credits: 60 clock hours
  • Prerequisites:

    All Term I courses

CMA 225

FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL ASSISTING II: CLINICAL SKILLS/PROCEDURES

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No transfer credit accepted

This course is a continuation of CMA 120. It includes discussions and applications involving the preparation of the patient for routine and specialty examinations and procedures, and the assisting of the physician in these routine and specialty exams. The course will cover the specialties of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Orthopedic, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Neurology, Geriatrics, and Cardiology including performing ECG's. 

  • Credits: 40 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I courses.

CMA 230

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT I

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No transfer credit accepted

This course introduces students to the administrative skills and functions needed by a medical assistant in the medical office setting. Organizational and communication skills are incorporated into patient information gathering, medical records management,  patient scheduling, and acting in the receptionist roles as students learn and demonstrate competency in these "front office" skills.  Local and National organizations for medical assistants are also emphasized. Confidentiality is stressed.

  • Credits: 40 clock hours
  • Prerequisites:

    All Term I courses

CMA 250

ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY I

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No transfer credit accepted

This course provides students with the knowledge and practical experience to demonstrate competence in medication administration techniques including intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal, oral, rectal, topical, and sublingual. The Z-Track route is also discussed. Medication calculations, terminology, and abbreviations are utilized. Students also focus on proper documentation of medication administration.

  • Credits: 30 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I courses.

CMA 263

PERSONAL INTERACTIVE SKILLS FOR THE MEDICAL OFFICE PROFESSIONAL

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No transfer credit accepted

This course focuses on professionalism issues in pt. and coworker communication and behaviors. It provides an introduction to verbal and non-verbal techniques necessary for effective communication. Topics include conflict resolution, personal boundaries, elements of professional communication and barriers to effective communication.

  • Credits: 30 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I courses.

Term Three

CMA 328

FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL ASSISTING III

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No transfer credit accepted.

This course is a continuation of CMA 120 and CMA 225. Students discuss and apply the preparation of patients for routine and specialty exams and the techniques needed to assist the physician with these exams and procedures. This course includes the preparation for assisting with minor surgeries and other sterile procedures. The specialty areas covered in this course include diagnostic imaging, gastroenterology, urology and male reproduction, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and office surgical care.

  • Credits: 40 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 335

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT II

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No transfer credit accepted.

This course is a continuation of CMA 230. Content in this class includes bookkeeping, banking related to office management, billing, personnel and office management, and transcription. Continuation of computerized medical office practice focuses on billing and bookkeeping. An understanding of the uses and functions of office policy and procedure manuals and the revision process of these policies is included.

  • Credits: 30 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 340

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES FOR THE MEDICAL OFFICE

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No transfer credit accepted.

This course introduces the student to basic laboratory skills emphasizing waived tests normally performed in a medical office lab. Emphasis is placed on point-of-care testing and quality control processes related to POCT. The course will cover proper specimen collection, handling, processing, and performance of tests on laboratory specimens.  Specimen collection includes venipuncture and capillary draws. All procedures conform to CLIA'88, OSHA, and CLSI standards.

  • Credits: 60 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 353

ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY II

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No transfer credit accepted.

This course is a continuation of CMA 250. This course provides the student with the basic concepts of drug classifications, drug actions and indications. Drug dosage of frequently prescribed drugs, along with their contraindications and precautions for use are included. Medication and immunization documentation will be preformed. An overview of the principles of IV medication administration and technique will also be discussed. Students will also demonstrate a maintained competency in giving injections as completed in Essentials of Pharmacology I.

  • Credits: 30 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 365

APPLIED ETHICS & LAW FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT

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No transfer credit accepted.

This course introduces students to legal and ethical concepts related to healthcare, especially within the medical office. In addition, behavior as guided by professional scope of practice, codes of ethics and standards of care is addressed.

  • Credits: 20 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

CMA 370

INSURANCE & MEDICAL CODING FOR THE MEDICAL OFFICE

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No transfer credit accepted.

This course provides education in coding systems, including ICD-9 and CPT, and third-party billing utilized in physician's offices for billing. An overview of the types of insurance providers and their impact on reimbursement will also be included. Special attention is given to claims processing issues.

  • Credits: 20 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I and Term II courses.

Term Four

CMA 400

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

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No transfer credit accepted.

This externship provides the student with the practical opportunity to develop as a professional and gain proficiency in the clinical and administrative skills included in the entry-level Medical Assistant role.  The students will apply the practical and theoretical knowledge learned in the last three (3) Terms to the live clinical setting. 

  • Credits: 30 clock hours
  • Prerequisites: All Term I, Term II, and Term III courses.

CMA 430

MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR

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This course covers topics used to help entry-level MA's pass the national Certification Exam, gain employment and adjust to the professional work environment. It is a hybrid course completed partially online and partially in classroom activities.

  • Credits: 30 clock hours