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  Oct 22, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog (2017 - 2018)

Medical Assisting Technology (A.A.S.)


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A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting Technology is a comprehensive approach to preparing students to work in the complex environment of physician offices, hospital business services, and other health care related facilities. Graduates of the program have the necessary skills for managing a medical office and the clinical skills for patient care. The program covers administrative skills, both ICD and CPT coding, medical billing, insurance coding procedures, and provider regulatory issues. Clinical skills include everything within the role of a medical assistant from patient history, vital signs and documentation to diagnostic testing, phlebotomy and patient education. Included are basic human anatomy and physiology, disease and pharmacology concepts. There is a planned practicum that prepares the student for transition to the professional field. Managed care and ethico-legal aspects of health care are integrated throughout the program along with microcomputer applications. Students that satisfactorily complete the program are eligible to apply for and take the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam.

Students will be required to purchase and wear the school uniform to all clinical labs and off-campus learning experiences.

This program requires the student to submit an approved Act 34 Child Abuse Clearance and a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check prior to the start of a course that contains a lab or service learning requirements. The clearances must be valid through the end of the semester in which the student is enrolled in the program.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Manager
  • Health Claims Analyst
  • Medical Office Receptionist
  • Billing Coordinator
  • Health Information Management Processor
  • Insurance Claims Reviewer

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform administrative duties in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Perform clinical duties in a variety of healthcare settings.
  3. Demonstrate entry level skill in applying concepts of coding, insurance billing, finance and office procedures.
  4. Demonstrate computer literacy and basic knowledge of software applications.
  5. Develop interpersonal and team participation skills in a variety of settings.
  6. Implement critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  7. Utilize teaching-learning techniques to identify, implement, and evaluate health education needs of patients.
  8. Apply legal guidelines and ethical standards in everyday practice.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.

 

Social Science Electives:*


(See Social Science Track I and Social Science Track II under Liberal Arts and Sciences for course options)

Credit hours: 22


Credit hours: 38


Recommended Sequence of Courses


Total Credits (13)


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Total Credits (18)


Total Credits (14)


Minimum credits to earn A.A.S. degree: 60


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