Course Index

Questions about courses, descriptions or credit hours should be directed to the Registrar's Office.

CMA 335 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT II

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

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

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

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

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.

CMA 377 MEDICAL ASSISTANT BRIDGE COURSE

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have left the NMC Medical Assistant Program for one semester or longer. Emphasis is placed on assessment of theoretical knowledge, laboratory and clinical skills necessary for the student to continue to progress in the Medical Assistant Program. Students may be assigned to a clinical, didactic or laboratory experience. The plan of study will be developed by the Program Director upon completion of a student assessment (this may include, but is not limited to, curriculum review, skills assessment, completion of an Academic Development Plan, etc.). Credit hours will be determined by the amount of work that is necessary for the student to ensure competency at the appropriate level to progress in the program.

  • Credits: 20 - 80 clock hours

CMA 400 CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

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 420 CRITICAL REFLECTION ON EXTERNSHIP

No transfer credit accepted.

This course will be a hybrid of online activities and in-class meetings. The learning experiences of individual students will be shared with the other students and students will reflect on these experiences from the perspective of both themselves and their patients.

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

CMA 430 MEDICAL ASSISTING SEMINAR

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

CMA 477 MEDICAL ASSISTANT BRIDGE COURSE

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have left the NMC Medical Assistant Program for one semester or longer. Emphasis is placed on assessment of theoretical knowledge, laboratory and clinical skills necessary for the student to continue to progress in the Medical Assistant Program. Students may be assigned to a clinical, didactic or laboratory experience. The plan of study will be developed by the Program Director upon completion of a student assessment (this may include, but is not limited to, curriculum review, skills assessment, completion of an Academic Development Plan, etc.). Credit hours will be determined by the amount of work that is necessary for the student to ensure competency at the appropriate level to progress in the program.

  • Credits: 20 - 80 clock hours