Medical Assistant Diploma Program

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Reach your career goals with a medical assistant diploma program

This program prepares individuals for careers that are in high demand in the healthcare industry. Medical Assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. 

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Their duties may vary with the specialty and the size of the practice.  This occupational field is projected to grow rapidly.  The Medical Assistant program is designed to train students to acquire the skills and competencies necessary to work in a variety of healthcare settings. Training in both administrative and clinical skills produces a well-rounded graduate with the flexibility to meet these growing healthcare needs.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

 

 

  • Provide outstanding Patient Care while having a deep comprehension of patient needs
  • Perform Injections
  • Perform Phlebotomy
  • Posses a deep understanding of Drug Administration from the perspective of health practitioners to regulatory requirements and patient needs
  • Maintain and develop Electronic Health Records

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Location On-Campus Online
Washington, DC
Virginia
Chicago

Medical Assistant Diploma Program Overview

Medical Assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties may vary with the specialty and size of the practice. This occupational field is projected to grow due to a number of factors, including an increase in the aging baby-boom population and the increasing demand for preventative medical services. The Medical Assistant program is designed to train students to acquire the skills and competency necessary to work in a variety of healthcare settings. Training in both administrative and clinical skills produces a well-rounded graduate with the flexibility to meet these growing healthcare needs.
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Rebeca Artola Medical Assistant

The classes are very dynamic and you have the opportunity to be able to work while you study since they also offer online classes. I enjoyed academic challenges and the diversity of people at the University.

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Medical Assistant Courses & Curriculum

To receive a Medical Assistant Diploma, students must earn 46 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credits hours. Program requirements are listed below.

Program Outline

46 Credits
  • COMP110 Computer and Office Applications (3 credits)
  • MED100 Medical Law & Ethics (3 credits)
  • MED110 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • MED115 Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credits)
  • MED116 Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credits)
  • MED120 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • MED130 Medical Billing & Reimbursement (3 credits)
  • MED135 Diagnostic Coding (3 credits)
  • MED235 Procedural Coding (3 credits)
  • MED125 Diseases of the Human Body (3 credits)
  • MED205 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures (3 credits)
  • MED210 Medical Assisting Phlebotomy & Laboratory Procedures (3 credits)
  • MED215 Medical Office Administration (3 credits)
  • MED220 Medical Career Development (3 credits)
  • MED250 Externship (4 credits)

General Admission Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Diploma Program Requirements & Outcomes

Students who complete the Medical Assistant Program’s courses, will be able to:

  • Define and explain key laws affecting healthcare professionals, including malpractice and
    professional liability
  • Define and explain the importance of ethics and bioethics in healthcare.
  • Spell, define and pronounce medical terms related to body systems and their functions.
  • Define and describe common disease processes and abnormal conditions in different
    body systems.
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and diseases/disorders of each
    major system in the human body.
  • Describe and define the regulations related to HIPAA
  • Define and demonstrate an understanding of diagnostic code conventions, symbols and
    terminology.
  • Define common insurance terms.
  • Identify principles of documentation in a medical record.
  • Explain the cash flow cycle in a medical office.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately provide both diagnostic and procedural codes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take accurate patient vital signs.
  • Define the differences between patient procedures for pediatric, adult and geriatric
    patients.
  • Explain the major areas included in OSHA compliance guidelines for a medical practice.
  • Detail the medical assistant’s role in minor office surgery.
  • Describe the rules and responsibilities of the Medical Assistant regarding drug
    administration.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform injections.
  • Describe the Medical Assistant’s role in specimen collection and laboratory testing.
  • Demonstrate laboratory safety practices
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform blood draws.
  • Create patient appointments and complete related forms.
  • Complete an externship on site at a medical practice that provides opportunities to
    demonstrate the various skills acquired in the program.

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