Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant (MA-AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant (MA-AAS) Program is committed to provide a student-centered environment and competency-based curriculum to educate Medical Assistants who demonstrate clinical and administrative competencies, critical thinking, effective oral and written communication skills, technology and cultural competencies necessary for a medical assistant to work effectively in a diverse healthcare environment.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the MA-AAS graduate is able to demonstrate:
- Clinical proficiencies and competencies within the scope of the Medical Assistant profession
- Effective communication skills when interacting with patients and their families, members of the healthcare team, and other staff in the workplace
- Critical thinking by understanding and applying evidence-based information in clinical and non-clinical decision-making.
- Cultural sensitivity when dealing with diverse patients, the healthcare team, and other staff in the workplace
- Professional and ethical conduct in and outside the workplace in accordance with protocols, certification standards and state and federal laws.
- Commitment to the Medical Assistant profession through certification/s and continuing education
The Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program prepares students to work as entry-level medical assistants in doctors’ offices, medical imaging laboratories, and hospitals. The program provides students with thorough and practical training in medical and laboratory procedures, as well as general medical knowledge and training in the area of medical office procedures. The general education portion of the program includes coursework in reading, writing, basic math, basic science, psychology, and speech. Emphasis in this portion of the program is placed on enhancing students’ academic and interpersonal skills.
The Medical Assistant Associate Degree program at Eastern International College in Belleville and Jersey City are not programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Programmatic accreditation is not required for employment in many cases, but its existence is a further indication that the program meets the standards of the profession, so it could enhance employment opportunities for graduates. The existence of programmatic accreditation can also allow graduates to sit for some credentialing exams upon graduation.
Since the Associate Degree in Medical Assistant is not programmatically accredited, graduates are not eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examinations offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). However, graduates should be eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT), the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) certification exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), and certification examinations offered by National Health-Career Association (NHA) upon graduation. Requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by the College and are subject to change without notice. Therefore, Eastern International College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these certification exams, or any other certification exam, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.
The program has a total of 60 semester credits with 20 credits in general education and 40 credits in the program’s major courses.
General Education Coursework
||Anatomy & Physiology I
||Anatomy & Physiology II
Program Major Coursework
||Law and Ethics for Medical Professionals
||Fundamentals of Computer Technology
||Microbiology for Medical Professionals
||Clinical Office Procedures
||Electrocardiography with Interpretation
||Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals
||Advanced Clinical Procedures
||Electronic Medical Records Management
||Medical Assistant Externship
Total Credits = 60 Semester Credits
Length of Program: 24 Months
ENG 101 English Composition – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to college-level writing and reading skills through critical reading, formal essays and research assignments. Proper sentence, paragraph and essay structure, as well as information and technology literacy, are emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisites: ENG 098 and ENG 099 or passing of placement exams
SPC 101 Interpersonal Communications – 3 Semester Credits
This course is an overview of the process of human communication, with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns. Students learn skills designed to improve interactions in family, social, and professional settings. The course also addresses effective listening, pacing, attending, making value judgments, summarizing, probing, empathy, handling emotions, perception checking, and conflict management. Hindrances to effective communication are also discussed.
BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I – 4 Semester Credits
This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.
BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 Semester Credits
This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system. Prerequisite: BIO 101
MAT 103 College Algebra – 3 Semester Credits
This course covers concepts of algebra. Topics include a review of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, coordinate geometry, andgraphing techniques; exponential and polynomial functions and applications; factoring and applications; rational expressions and applications; roots and radicals; and quadratic equations. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or Placement Exam
PSY 101 General Psychology – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of psychology. It addresses cross cultural issues, historical perspectives, and the importance of psychological well- being, with topics ranging from psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, and personality, to the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, development, consciousness, and the social nature of human beings.
MAP 101 Medical Terminology – 3 Semester Credits
This course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of medical language used by health care professionals, including roots, prefixes, suffixes and word meanings. A systematic approach to the language of diseases, treatments and diagnostic procedures is presented. Common medical abbreviations used in the clinical setting are emphasized.
MAP 102 Medical Communications – 3 Semester Credits
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in the medical setting while taking medical histories discussing procedures and working with the next-of-kin. The proper way of communicating with the elderly, handicapped, pediatric and even disgruntled patients are examined. Communication skills utilized while working with members of the health care team are also discussed.
MAP 103 Law and Ethics for Medical Professional – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the legal and ethical implications of working in medical facilities and the obligations of practitioners and office personnel to follow ethical standards and codes of conduct. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, the relationships between physicians and patients, professional liability, medical ethics, and the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). The legality of the health record as legal document is also discussed.
MAP 105 Fundamentals of Computer Technology – 2 Semester Credits
This course is designed to prepare the Medical Assistant student to use alphanumeric keyboarding. Students will increase their typing speed and improve their keyboarding with accuracy. Once the skills have been mastered, students will then use Microsoft Word to create business letters, memos, tables and other important documents needed to maintain health care businesses today.
MAP 200 Laboratory Techniques – 4 Semester Credits
This introduces students to aspects of the clinical laboratory sciences, such as laboratory organization, basic laboratory use, blood collection (phlebotomy), CBC (HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC, HGB), safety, quality control, quality assurance and specimen collection. OSHA and CLIA regulations are stressed and applied to student’s performing basic laboratory skills in blood collection (phlebotomy) and microbiology. Prerequisites: BIO 102 and MAP 203 Co-requisite: MAP 202
MAP 202 Microbiology for Medical Professionals – 3 Semester Credits
This course provides students with knowledge of pathogenic microorganisms. Students are introduced to the biological foundations of viruses and bacteria that are required for their viability. The strategies that microbial pathogens employ to successfully infect humans and cause disease are described. Laboratory procedures including gram-staining sensitivity testing and use of microscope are employed. Prerequisites: BIO 102 Co-requisite: MAP 200
MAP 203 Clinical Office Procedures – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the basic skills that are performed by the medical assistant. Emphasis is placed on patient-centered assessment, examination, discussions of intervention and treatment as directed by a physician, and patient preparation and positioning for physical examination. The course also includes vital signs, patient transfers, OSHA regulations, and charting. Anthropometric measurement and differentiation of signs and symptoms are also discussed. Prerequisites: BIO 101 Co-requisite: BIO 102
MAP 204 Electrocardiography with Interpretation – 3 Semester Credits
The course covers anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, cardiovascular diseases, electrophysiology, 12-Lead ECG and interpretation, ECG rhythms, conduction problems and pacemaker recognition. Students learn to set up an ECG machine, prepare patients for testing, and conduct the ECG. Emphasis will also be placed on the relevance of the ECG interpretation in cardiovascular stages. Prerequisites: BIO 102
MAP 205 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals – 3 Semester Credits
This course is a basic introduction to the principles of pharmacology. Topics include classes of drugs and body systems, antiviral and antibiotic agents, drug nomenclature, drug routes, drug interaction and contraindications, and various types of injections. Basic dosage computations, system of measurements, and unit conversions are included. Prerequisites: BIO 102
MAP 206 Advanced Clinical Procedures 4 Semester Credits
This course prepares students with advanced clinical skills required in a laboratory. These skills include pulmonary function testing; local application of heat and cold; parental administration; phlebotomy; gynecological examination positioning; emergency medical procedures related to heart attack, stroke, shock, bleeding, wounds and wound care, burns, seizures, pulmonary and gastrointestinal problems; preparing a patient for minor office surgery; and assisting for pediatric examinations and immunizations. Discussions and lab activities are coupled with simulations. Prerequisites: MAP 200 and MAP 203
MAP 207 Electronic Medical Records Management – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the basics of electronic medical records management practices using Medisoft through a hands-on approach. It includes an introduction to medical informatics, use of Medisoft in the medical office, entering patient and case information, transaction entry and claim management, electronic media claims, designing and printing reports, DRG, CPT, ICD-9-CMA Codes, ICD-10, claims, HIPAA Security Rule, HIPAA Transaction and Code Sets Rule, and establishing new practice database.
MAP 210 Medical Assistant Externship – 6 Semester Credits
This externship course provides students with exposure to a healthcare setting that reflects material covered in phlebotomy, ECG, patient care techniques, vital signs, and billing and coding, medical communications, and office administration and electronic medical records management, among others. The clinical site includes a laboratory in a hospital and/or private office setting. The course will commence with a one-day classroom orientation session. During the orientation, students will be instructed on professional behavior expected in a lab, including attendance and dress code. They will also receive instructions on how to keep an hour’s log, case log, and the necessary evaluation forms.