Medical Assistant ClassesThe curriculum for the medical assisting diploma program at Remington College was designed to prepare graduates with the skills for both the clinical and administrative procedures that graduates may encounter once employed.(1)The medical assistant courses are specifically designed to prepare graduates for entry- level employment to work alongside healthcare professionals in various settings, including chiropractors, pediatricians, general practitioners and others at hospitals, clinics, offices and more.(1)If you think becoming a medical assistant is the first step in your healthcare career, call Remington College today! Call or request information to learn more about our Medical Assisting program.Medical Assisting Core CoursesCareer Development Fundamentals This series of lectures and discussions concentrates on developing habits of personal success. Emphasis is placed on social soft skills, interpersonal communications, critical thinking, and ethical decision making. Career Development Principles This series of lectures and discussions concentrate on developing habits of personal success. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving strategies to be used in the workplace, ethical decision making, personal money management, and employment law.Health Science Essentials (includes CPR certification exam!) This course encompasses the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, how to safely work with biohazardous materials and bloodborne pathogens, and an overview of HIV and hepatitis as they relate to healthcare providers. The basics of medical terminology including word roots, prefixes, suffixes, combining forms and word-building rules are presented along with terms used to describe and define anatomical locations. Coursework also includes training in basic first aid and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED). Students must pass the CPR/first aid exam and practicum to pass this course. Medical documentation is also covered in this course. Health Science Business Procedures This course is designed to introduce basic computer concepts and Microsoft office applications. The laboratory portion offers the opportunity to create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. Students are expected to apply the skills they learn to documents commonly used in the healthcare setting such as correspondence, spreadsheets, and patient education. Law, Ethics, and Therapeutic Communication This course focuses on guidelines affecting health laws and regulations on the federal and state levels. Emphasis is also placed on foundational communication skills for healthcare professionals who provide patient care. Externship (160 hours) The externship enables students to work with patients and apply the principles and practices learned in the classroom. Externs work under the direct supervision of qualified personnel in participating institutions and under the supervision of a person with appropriate instructor credentials. Current CPR certification, current first aid certification, and the externship handbook standards for Hepatitis B vaccination must be obtained before beginning externship.Fundamentals of Medical Assisting This course provides an overview of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations to prepare students to work with biohazardous materials and bloodborne pathogens. This course also covers the profession of medical assisting and introduces phlebotomy and injections. Coursework includes an introduction to medical terminology and the structure, function, and pathophysiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. Medical Laboratory Procedures This course introduces the concepts of hematology, blood glucose, cholesterol, blood chemistry, special laboratory testing, blood typing, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived testing. This course also covers the anatomy, physiology and terminology of the hematological and lymphatic systems. Laboratory instruction includes using a microscope, completing lab requisitions, and performing laboratory testing. Specialty Exams, Urinalysis, and Microbiology Specialty examinations are presented in this course, including obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, male reproductive, gerontology, and other examinations of the body. Urinalysis, one of the most frequently performed procedures in the medical office laboratory, is addressed in this course as well. Basic microbiology principles and procedures are also covered. Coursework includes an introduction to medical terminology; the structure, function, and pathophysiology of the urinary system; male and female reproductive systems; obstetrics; and child health. Pharmacology This course addresses the pharmacology skills and procedures needed by medical assistants in the ambulatory care setting, including pharmacology uses, sources, forms, delivery routes and the laws governing controlled substances. In addition, this course addresses the administration of drugs and performance of basic medication conversions and dosage calculations. Coursework includes an introduction to medical terminology; the structure, function, and pathophysiology of the endocrine and integumentary systems; and the terminology of pharmacology. Healthcare Insurance This course is designed to introduce the skills required to specialize in health insurance, including computerized billing and office management techniques. Cardiac Specialty Procedures This course examines the circulatory and respiratory systems including the structure and function of the heart, blood vessels, and lungs. The electrical pathways of the heart muscle are studied as a basis for electrocardiograms (EKGs). Reimbursement This course introduces reimbursement methodologies, electronic health records (EHRs), and reimbursement and coding for the largest insurance providers. Nervous and Digestive Systems Topics discussed in this course include the structure and function of the human digestive and nervous systems. Common digestive system and nervous system disorders are included in course discussions, as well as general nutritional requirements, guidelines, and disorders. The course covers appropriate medical terminology and abbreviations used for body systems presented. Patient ambulation skills as well as assisting with minor surgical procedures, autoclave, and wound care are included in this course. The laboratory portion includes the opportunity to continue practicing all previously learned skills. Healthcare Insurance Applications This course is designed to explain managed healthcare concepts such as processing an insurance claim, report generation, and scheduling. Coding and Billing This course integrates foundational coding concepts with disease classification and medical office coding procedures. It introduces Parts 1 and 2 of the ICD-9-CM, along with common procedural terminology (CPT) coding. Capstone and Certification Preparation This course is designed to review and integrate the medical assisting concepts taught throughout the program and to serve as preparation for the Certified Clinical Medical Assisting (CCMA) exam from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Remington College reserves the right to change which National Commission for Certifying Agents (NCCA) accredited examination is used.