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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Medical Assistant - 7 courses
MEDA100 Pharmacology (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course includes presentation of the history and principles of pharmacology relating to the medical assisting profession is at the core of this course. Emphasis is placed on correlation of regulations and patient safety. The student should be able to recognize prescriptions and prescription labeling. The course includes drug calculations, and routes of administration of drugs.
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MEDA120 Clinical Procedures I (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course includes a survey of medical assisting occupations and their education and certification requirements. The course is designed to furnish the student with both theory and practical applications of medical assisting basics. The course will be centered on learning about the medical office. The students will be able to respond to a patient’s needs both verbally and written. First aid and CPR will be given. Other basic medical assistant duties include: infection control, taking vitals, and documenting correctly in the patient’s chart.

MEDA150 Pharmacology II (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course will focus on drugs used for specific systems, studying each system separately. Drugs are studied by students becoming familiar with side effects, actions, contraindications, routes of administration, and other factual data about the drugs. There is an emphasis on correctly spelling drug names. In addition, students will study the effects of allergies to medications.
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MEDA170 Clinical Procedures II (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course includes continuing the study of how to assist with the physical exam. The student will identify radiographic equipment and procedures. The student will prepare the patient and assist with procedures, treatments, and minor office surgery. The principles of physical therapy, body mechanics, and ergonomics are presented.

MEDA200 Clinical/Office Internship (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course provides opportunities to observe, perform, and discuss various administrative and clinical competencies under supervision of the clinical instructor and the facilities personnel in a healthcare setting. The student will have hands-on experiences at a selected physician’s office or clinic. The student will complete 160 hours in one semester. This will not be a paid internship.
NotesDue to the Corona Virus Pandemic during this time. Students will be supplementing internship hours with simulations and case studies. This was approved for use by MAERB until 10/31/2020 and may be extended if necessary.
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MEDA210 Medical Ethics (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: It is imperative that the ambulatory care employee have knowledge of medical law, ethics, and bioethics so that the client may be treated with understanding, sensitivity and compassion. The goal is to provide students with education involving ethical and legal responsibilities so that they may better serve the ambulatory care provider. The student will look at laws, regulations, and HIPPA in a medical office.
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MEDA220 Clinical Procedures III (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The student will learn the principles and administration of medication. The student will learn how to perform a 12-lead electrocardiograph. The student will begin to learn about work with the laboratory tasks routinely performed in the medical facility. An introduction into the collecting and handling of specimens for testing, both at a facility and at an outside laboratory, are covered. Microbiological principles will be discussed as well as hematology, including venipuncture. The student will prepare for credentialing options and employment opportunities in the medical assistant field.

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