Medical Assisting

Course Descriptions

MEDA 100
Introduction to Medical Assisting
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGRD 110 or ESLR 310 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This course provides an introduction to the field of Medical Assisting. Students will learn the medical assisting scope of practice, typical duties of an administrative and clinical MA, including career ladders and types of facilities that employ medical assistants. Students will also be introduced to the legal concepts and ethical issues that may be encountered in the field of medical assisting.
MEDA 110
Medical Insurance Procedures
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: AH 110
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This course will introduce students to the basics of medical office insurance billing. Students will learn the terminology of health insurance, the differences between the various forms of health insurance, as well as the process for patient billing in a medical office setting.
MEDA 124
Administrative Medical Assisting
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Enrollment Limitation: Acceptance in to the CRC Medical Assisting Program
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to introduce the medical assisting student to the administrative responsibilities encountered in an ambulatory clinic. Typical administrative topics covered include patient reception, scheduling, telephone procedures, documentation and reporting, records management including HIPAA regulations, screening/processing mail, equipment and supply inventory, practice finances, coding and bookkeeping principles.
MEDA 140
Medical Assisting Practicum
3 Units
Prerequisite: COMM 325, MEDA 230, PSYC 300, and PSYC 371 with grades of "C" or better; Students must have been accepted in to the CRC Medical Assisting program and completed all required courses prior to receiving consent to enroll in this capstone course. Students must also have completed a drug screen, background clearance and have proof of immunity to varicella, measles, rubella and rubeola.
Enrollment Limitation: Students must have on file with the Program Director the following documents prior to clinical placement:
Hours: 180 hours LAB
CPR for the Healthcare Provider through the American Heart Association; *Two negative PPDs - one within two years and another no more than 6 months prior to clinic placement, or negative chest x-ray within 2 years; *MMR and Varicella immunity status; *TDaP vaccination within three years; *May be required to provide documentation of influenza vaccination; *Liability insurance; *Background and drug screening clearance*This course consists of supervised experience in a health care setting performing the tasks and responsibilities of a medical assistant. Those duties include, but are not limited to, administering injections, performing electrocardiograms, obtaining patient history and chief complaints, scheduling appointments, answering telephones, basic clerical functions and other duties as requested by site physician and/or supervisor. Students will be required to show proof of Healthcare Provider CPR from American Heart Association, as well as immunity to Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and TB prior to beginning the clinical rotation. Students will also have supplementary requirements such as liability insurance, background check and drug screening. This course is for students who have completed all of the CRC Medical Assisting Program requirements.
MEDA 145
Medical Assisting Certification Review
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Enrollment Limitation: Students must meet the Certifying Agencies examination eligibility requirements to enroll in this course:
Hours: 36 hours LEC
Graduate from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited MA program; OR *Currently employed as an MA by a licensed MD/DO in the United States; OR *At least two years employment within the previous five years as an MA, either in private sector or military enlisted; OR *Current MA instructor at an accredited institution in the United States*This course is designed to prepare students for the Medical Assisting certification examinations offered by the three Certifying Agencies approved by the California Medical Board - the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the California Certifying Board of Medical Assistants (CCBMA). This course is available to students who meet the current exam eligibility requirements for at least one of the Certifying Agencies. Students will be required to provide documentation of eligibility.
MEDA 230
Clinical Procedures
5 Units
Prerequisite: MEDA 124 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: AH 120 and 124
Enrollment Limitation: Student must be accepted in to the CRC Medical Assisting program to enroll in this course.
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
This course will instruct the student in the clinical procedures performed by entry-level Medical Assistants according to AAMA standards and the Medical Assisting Scope of Practice.
MEDA 295
Independent Studies in Medical Assisting
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
MEDA 298
Work Experience in Medical Assisting
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Medical Assisting.
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in associate degree level or certificate occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
MEDA 299
Experimental Offering in Medical Assisting
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB