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Medical Assistant

31-509-1 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time, Full Time 32 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Times of Day: Day, Evening Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh, Wautoma

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

With this diploma, you become an essential part of the healthcare team. Your role is to take vital signs, assist the physician with examinations and minor office procedures, and administer medications. This career combines business and administrative duties with clinical laboratory functions. You’ll learn the necessary office skills as well as specimen collection and basic lab tests. The program includes a supervised practicum experience, allowing you to apply what you’ve learned in a real-world environment.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Occupational Specific (25 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Human Body in Health & Disease
    31-509-302
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31509302
    • Credits: 3.00

    Students learn to recognize human body structure and function in health and disease states. Students explore the causes, signs, and symptoms of diseases of the major body systems as well as the diagnostic procedures, usual treatment, prognosis, and prevention of diseases commonly diagnosed and treated in the medical office setting.

  • Medical Law, Ethics & Profess
    31-509-309
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509309
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares students to display professionalism and perform within ethical and legal boundaries in the health care setting. Students maintain confidentiality, examine legal aspects of ambulatory healthcare, perform quality improvement procedures, examine legal and bioethical issues, and demonstrate awareness of diversity.

  • Medical Asst Admin Procedures
    31-509-301
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509301
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces medical assistant students to office management, business administration, and the electronic medical record (EMR) in the medical office. Students learn to schedule appointments, perform filing, record keeping, telephone and reception duties, communicate effectively with patients and other medical office staff, and keep an inventory of supplies.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 46+, Next Gen Read/Sent/Arith 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+/Math 16+, OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109; 10501107, 10501101 OR 31501301; Coreq: 10501109 OR 31509309
  • Medical Asst Lab Procedures 1
    31-509-303
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509303
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces medical assistant students to laboratory procedures commonly performed by medical assistants in a medical office setting. Students perform Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) waived routine laboratory procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory care setting. Students follow laboratory safety requirements and federal regulations while performing specimen collection and processing, microbiology and urinalysis testing.

    Prereq: HSGPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 46+, NextGenRead/Sent/Arith 250+, ACTRead 18+/Engl 18+/Math 16+, OR ReadPrep10838105/SentPrep10831103/ArithPrep10834109; 10501107; 10501101 OR 31501301 Coreq: 10501182 OR 31509302; 10501109 OR 31509309
  • Medical Asst Clin Procedures 1
    31-509-304
    4Credit
    144
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 144
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 31509304
    • Credits: 4.00

    Introduces medical assistant students to the clinical procedures performed in the medical office setting. Students perform basic examining room skills including screening, vital signs, patient history, minor surgery and patient preparation for routine and specialty exams in the ambulatory care setting. Learner explores communication principles and psychology theories related to patient care.

    Prereq: HSGPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 46+, NextGenRead/Sent/Arith 250+, ACTRead 18+/Engl 18+/Math 16+, OR ReadPrep10838105/SentPrep10831103/ArithPrep10834109; 10501107; 10501101 OR 31501301 Coreq: 10501182 OR 31509302; 10501109 OR 31509309
  • Med Office Insurance & Finance
    31-509-307
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509307
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces medical assistant students to health insurance and finance in the medical office. Students perform bookkeeping procedures, apply managed care guidelines, and complete insurance claim forms. Students use medical coding and managed care terminology to perform insurance-related duties.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 46+, Next Gen Read/Sent/Arith 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+/Math 16+, OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109; 10501107, 10501101 OR 31501301; Coreq: 10501109 OR 31509309
  • Medical Asst Lab Procedures 2
    31-509-305
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509305
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares students to perform phlebotomy and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) waived hematology, chemistry, immunology and laboratory procedures commonly performed by medical assistants in the ambulatory care setting.

    Prereq: Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 1 - 31509303
  • Medical Asst Clin Procedures 2
    31-509-306
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31509306
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares medical assistant students to perform patient care skills in the medical office setting. Students perform clinical procedures including administering medications, performing an electrocardiogram, assisting with respiratory testing, coaching patients, and assisting with emergency situations in an ambulatory care setting.  Students learn preventive care and principles of nutrition.

    Prereq: Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 1 - 31509304
  • Medical Assistant Practicum
    31-509-310
    3Credit
    216
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 216
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 31509310
    • Credits: 3.00

    Requires medical assistant students to integrate and apply knowledge and skills from all previous medical assistant courses in actual ambulatory health care settings. Learners perform medical assistant administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties under the supervision of trained mentors to effectively transition to the role of a medical assistant. This is a supervised, unpaid, clinical experience. CAAHEP/MAERB required Practicum - 160 minimum hours up to 216 hours.

    Coreq: 10501104 OR 31501304, 10501108 OR 31509308, 31509305, 31509306
  • Pharm for Allied Health
    31-509-308
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31509308
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces students to medication classification, basic pharmacology principles, and supplements. Students apply basic pharmacodynamics to identify common medications and calculate dosages in preparation for medication administration.

    Prereq: All 2nd term Medical Assistant courses – 31509301, 31509303, 31509304, 31509307; Coreq: 10501104 OR 31501304, 31509305, 31509306. All MA courses require a 'C' or better.

    Occupational Supportive (7 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Digital Literacy for Healthcare
    10-501-107
    2Credit
    72
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10501107
    • Credits: 2.00

    Focuses on the use of technology in healthcare. Learners use common business software applications, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and databases. Communication methods using technology are addressed. Learners gain experience with using the electronic health record (E.H.R.). Healthcare E.H.R. security issues, social media use, and digital healthcare resources are examined.

  • Med Terminology
    31-501-301
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31501301
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

    Prereq: Active in Medical Assistant plan, Healthcare Customer Service Rep plan OR not active in plan.
  • Contemporary Practices in Healthcare
    31-501-304
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31501304
    • Credits: 2.00

    An introduction to contemporary healthcare practices for students interested in a career serving diverse healthcare communities. Learners explore the essential skills required for equitable and inclusive person-centered interactions.  Learners examine various health communities, mindful practices, professionalism, problem solving, and patient confidentiality.

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