Associate in Science in Medical Assisting

Students in the Associate in Science in Medical Assisting program receive instruction from professors who bring real-world experience to the classroom. Not only do students learn the theory, they also share in the practical experience of professionals in the field. Hands-on procedural training in the laboratory and classroom followed by an internship in a medical practice prepares the student not only for graduation, but for successful entry into the field. The Associate in Science in Medical Assisting degree qualifies the graduate to sit for the examination for the credential of Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)—the hallmark of recognition in the healthcare community. Certification proudly proclaims the graduate’s achievement of academic and clinical excellence. The program is designed to provide education, instruction and training in medical assisting.

On Campus and Online
The Liberal Arts and Health Core Component courses are typically available either online or on campus. Medical Assisting classes are in class only as they are competency based courses.

Medical Assistants are Valuable Members of a Healthcare Team!

     

  • Medical Assistants may provide patient care
  • Perform clinical tasks;
  • Assist the physicians with examinations;
  • Perform administrative tasks;
  • Schedule appointments; and
  • Prepare laboratory tests.

Why Medical Assisting?

Is Medical Assisting Right for Me?

If you care about people and you care about your future, get the education you need to become a key member of the healthcare team. Not only is Medical Assisting an established profession with professional associations and a standardized educational curriculum,but it is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country.

At the heart of healthcare, most medical assistants work in physicians’ offices or clinics, helping to provide care to patients by performing a variety of clinical and administrative tasks. The combination of both administrative and clinical training makes the medical assistant a valuable member of the healthcare team. 

An career in Medial Assisting might be a good fit for you if*:

  • You are looking for a meaningful career,
  • You like to help people,
  • You have an interest in health and medicine,
  • You enjoy working with people,
  • You multitask well,
  • You like variety in your job, or
  • You would like a career in an expanding field.

Medical Assisting Duties*

Medical assistants work under the supervision of physicians in their offices or other medical settings. In accordance with respective state laws, they perform a broad range of administrative and clinical duties which may include:

ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS
  • Scheduling and receiving patients
  • Preparing and maintaining medical records
  • Performing basic secretarial skills and medical transcription
  • Handling telephone calls and writing correspondence
  • Serving as a liaison between the physician and other individuals
  • Managing practice finances
CLINICAL TASKS
  • Assisting the physician with examinations and treatments
  • Collecting and processing specimens
  • Performing selected diagnostic tests
  • Taking patient histories and vital signs
  • Performing first aid and CPR
  • Preparing patients for procedures
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician

*Source: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs http://www.caahep.org/Content.aspx?ID=43. 10/28/2013

Careers

What is the Medical Assisting Career Outlook?

Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. Employment is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations as physicians hire more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so that physicians can see more patients.*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-1 10/28/2013.

Medical Assistants are in Demand!*

Medical assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers. This can be attributed to a predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and out-patient care facilities. Technological advancements and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment are also factors for the increased demand for medical assistants.

*Source: American Association of Medical Assistants http://www.aama-ntl.org/medassisting/right4you.aspx. 10/28/2013

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in 5 terms or approximately 1 year and 8 months.

Students must earn a C or better in all Medical Assisting Component courses. 

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Medical Assisting Component

A. Medical Assisting Core Semester Hour Credit
MEA1462 Medical Office Administrative Procedures*

MEA1462 - Medical Office Administrative Procedures - 4 Credits

This course provides an overview of the basic procedures in the administrative operations of a medical office or other ambulatory care setting. Topics include communicating with patients and staff, records management, business correspondence, outpatient coding and reimbursement, basic bookkeeping and accounting functions and computer technology. Following curriculum based on MAERB standards, students will complete all administrative competencies.

Prerequisite: CAP1000

4
MLS2500 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures*

MLS2500 - Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures - 4 Credits

This course will provide an introduction to health information management. An overview of the health information profession and functions, health care delivery settings, health record content and structure, accreditation standards, nomenclature and classification systems, electronic health records, database management, reimbursement methodologies, healthcare data sets and standards, clinical vocabularies and classifications, and information systems, security, and technology are covered. HIM students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisites: CAP1000 and ENG1101 (Lab Fee required) with a C or better

4
MLS2510 Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures*

MLS2510 - Medical Assisting Laboratory Procedures - 4 Credits

This course provides students with the skills necessary to perform the laboratory and diagnostic testing done in the outpatient setting. Following curriculum based on MAERB standards, students will become familiar with CLIA regulations, OSHA standards and medication administration. Venipuncture and the various laboratory testing done in the physician’s office are introduced. Additionally, written and oral communications are emphasized.

Prerequisites: HSC1500 and BSC2001 (Lab Fee required)

4
MEA2900 Medical Assisting Internship*

MEA2900 - Medical Assisting Internship* - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to receive on-the-job experience as an entry level medical assistant in an active physician’s office or other outpatient health care setting and to apply the various clinical and administrative skills that have been taught in the classroom. There is required participation on Blackboard assignments during internship. A minimum of 180 hours of internship is required. Students must take their internship within one semester of completing their other course work or must repeat MLS2500, MLS2510, and MEA1462 or have permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean, before internships will be assigned. STUDENTS MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL EXAMINATION COMPLETED PRIOR TO INTERNSHIP. Students are required to attend a mandatory 8 hour, Saturday orientation prior to internship. First Aid certification and provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) are included in this orientation. Physical exam and associated lab work required at student expense. (Insurance and Materials Fees required)

4
MLS2999 Medical Assisting Seminar*

MLS2999 - Medical Assisting Seminar - 4 Credits

This course includes an extensive review of course work, skills and knowledge used by a successful medical assistant, based on the curriculum standards by MAERB. There are mandatory class meetings and regular Blackboard assignments. This class prepares the student to sit for the national certification examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Prerequisites: MLS2500, MLS2510, and MEA1462 (Exam Fee required)

4
Total Medical Assisting Core 20

B.

Health Sciences Core

HSC1500 Medical Terminology

HSC1500 - Medical Terminology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of medical vocabulary using a systems approach. The course provides the student with an overview of words that pertain to body systems, anatomic structures, medical processes and procedures, and a variety of diseases. This course is offered both in an online and classroom format.

2
HSA2000 Medical Law and Ethics

HSA2000 - Medical Law and Ethics - 4 Credits

The legislation affecting healthcare is provided, along with a review of issues such as professional liability, informed consent, privacy laws and workplace legalities. Additionally, many of the issues facing healthcare providing are covered. This course is offered in both an online and in class format. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

4
BSC2001 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I

BSC2001 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 Credits

This course is the first of a two course sequence which provides an introduction to the basic structure and function of the human body organ systems. Beginning at the cellular level, this course will cover the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. This course is required for MA, HIM and HA students. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

4
BSC2002 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II

BSC2002 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 Credits

This course is the second of a two course sequence continuing with the basic structure and function of the human body organ systems. It will cover the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. This course is required for all MA, HIM and AHA students. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: BSC2001with a C or better

4
PHA2050 Essentials of Pharmacology

PHA2050 - Essentials of Pharmacology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the topic of pharmacology. Basic information regarding drug classification, names, routes of administration, effects and references, and interpretation of the drug prescription will be studied. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

2
HSC2204 Human Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment

HSC2204 - Human Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment - 4 Credits

This course will provide an overview of the basics of human disease by body system, the tests used to diagnose disease and the interventions used to cure common diseases and injuries. This course is designed for HSC2204: the student seeking an associate degree in either Health Information Management, Medical Assisting OR Health Administration. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course. This course is offered only in the online format.

Prerequisites: HSC1500, BSC2002, and both must be completed with a C or better

4
Total Health Sciences Core 20

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component

CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

4
IDS1001 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 1 Credit

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning System™, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

1
PSY1103 Strategic Thinking

PSY1103 - Strategic Thinking - 3 Credits

This course focuses on how critical thinking and attitudinal perspectives influence human behavior. Students are introduced to methods used in critical thinking, how attitudes are formulated and changed, how the human brain works and how critical thinking can be effective in higher education and their personal lives.

3
ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4
Total Liberal Arts Component 20

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

60

*These courses are not eligible for transfer from another institution and must be completed at Hodges University.

Benefits

How is Hodges Medical Assisting Program Different?

Our Program is Accredited

Allied Health FlagThe Medical Assisting Program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (www.caahep.org) (727 210-2350).

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for the national exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)—the hallmark of recognition in the healthcare community. Certification proudly proclaims the graduate’s achievement of academic and clinical excellence.

Our Professors Have Real-World Experience

Students receive instruction on the administrative and clinical aspects of patient care in the outpatient office and clinical settings from instructors with real-world experience. Hands-on procedural training in the laboratory and classroom followed by an internship in a medical practice prepares the student not only for graduation, but for successful entry into the field.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

Rewards Plan

Full time undergraduate students can take advantage of our Rewards Plan. Take an additional course at no extra cost and save up to 25% on undergraduate tuition.

Prospective students should contact Admissions at 844-HODGESU or admit@hodges.edu for more information. Current students should contact the Registrar's Office at 239-938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu for more information.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I have learned an enormous amount and feel prepared to work in my field!" - School of Allied Health Graduate

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Carlene Harrison

Dean : School of Allied Health

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Kristen Sommer

Physical Therapist Assistant, Class of 2013

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Associate in Science in Health Services Administration

The program is developed around a core curriculum of healthcare courses, along with a series of liberal arts courses to assure the broadest based educational experience for the student.

 
 
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