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A future in healthcare has many possible paths. Which will you pursue?

Medical assistants work on the front-lines of today’s healthcare system. It’s a position that is hiring today in a variety of environments, from major hospitals to family clinics. Medical assistant jobs could involve taking patients’ vitals, collecting and labeling samples, keeping up with medical records, and pitching in on administrative work. Likewise, medical assistants might work 9–5 at a small family practice, or three 12-hour shifts per week in an urgent care clinic.

What setting best suits your lifestyle? Talk to our team today, and we’ll talk more about your career potential in healthcare.

At Vista College, we’ve designed a COE-accredited medical assisting degree program that gets you Day 1 Ready in under 2 years*, focusing on the skills employers seek. You’ll emerge from our program with medical office experience, prepared for the CMA certification exam. Our instructors are professionals who give hands-on instruction in in our labs. Your externship then gives you the experience of working in an actual medical office—and possibly professional connections.

Because career preparation goes beyond classes, Vista College’s personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. We even offer exam preparation and pay fees for your certification. If you are ready to put your new skills to work, we’re ready to help.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

What You’ll Learn

The medical assistant training program at Vista College covers the basics of medical office administration, including keeping medical records and insurance billing procedures. Speak the language, with courses in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology. You’ll also practice clinical procedures, including phlebotomy, taking vitals, and proper laboratory practices. We’ll also prepare you for certification exams, which are required by many workplaces.

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Course Length: 18 months *
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* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program should consider sitting for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, a certification required by many hospitals and clinics. There are further opportunities in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, clinics, and care facilities. Holding an associate degree may help satisfy employer requirements. Certification requirements vary.

Potential Job Titles: Certified Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Assistant, Patient Service Specialist

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its healthcare programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course # Course Title Credits
AHP100 Medical Terminology 6.5
AHP101 Anatomy & Physiology 6.5
BUS101 Computer Applications 6.5
MBC1140 Medical Insurance 6.5
MBC1150 Managing Medical Office Procedures 6.5
MBC1160 Practice Management and Electronic Health Records * 6.5
MBC1170 Diagnostic Coding * 6.5
MBC1180 Procedural Coding * 6.5
MBC2220 Advanced Medical Coding and Auditing 6.5
MBC2230 Hospital Coding and Billing * 6.5
MBC2240 Health Information Management * 6.5
MBC2290 Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Capstone 6.5
MBC2299 Medical Billing and Coding Externship * 6.5
GE201 Introduction to College Mathematics 9
GE203 Introduction to Psychology 4.5
GE206 English Composition I 4.5
GE207 English Composition II * 4.5
GE232 Survey of the Sciences 4.5

Medical Terminology


This course introduces students to the medical terminology, symbols, and application of the language of the medical and healthcare fields. Terms are covered as they relate to body structure, function, and disease, with the main focus being placed on the medical vocabulary and construction of terms using word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Anatomy & Physiology


Upon completion of the course students will have acquired an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course covers selected major pathologies, diagnostic procedures, and treatment methods.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Computer Applications


This course focuses on Microsoft® Office applications and how they are used in business. Topics include: business documents, tables, graphics, and templates; spreadsheets, worksheets, and data; using formulas and functions; charts and tables; databases and tables; data relationships and queries; creating, editing, and delivering presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Insurance


The course introduces students to the role of an insurance billing specialist and the common types of insurance coverage found in the United States. Taking on the basics of health insurance documentation, claims, and payment postings found in most outpatient settings. The course reviews the most commonly encountered third party billing options, including; Blue Plans, private insurance and managed care plans, Medicare, Medicaid and state programs, TRICARE and Veteran's Healthcare, Worker's Compensation, and Disability Income Insurance and Benefit Programs. Students have hands-on experience processing and auditing simulated medical insurance claims.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Managing Medical Office Procedures


This course takes students through the basics of managing front office procedures, written communication in the medical office,fraud, abuse, and compliance, as well as other legal and ethical aspects, standard safety, and health management in the medical office. Students simulate the medical office procedures through completion of daily tasks.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Practice Management and Electronic Health Records


The course takes students through the basics of managing medical records, common medical office practices of the back office billing, coding, and collections, healthcare technology requirements and applications, and the processing of medical office reports. Students simulate the medical office procedures through completion of common tasks used in practice management and electronic health record software.

6.5 credits
40 theory hours
50 lab hours

Diagnostic Coding


The course provides students with an overview of diagnostic coding and reporting guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Department of Health and Human Services using the International Classification of Diseases. Students learn how to use the diagnostic coding manual and apply knowledge of chapter specific guidelines for encounters in multiple settings, including, hospital admission. Students have hands-on application in coding manuals and electronic coding software.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Procedural Coding


The course provides students with an overview of physician coding and reporting guidelines using the Current Procedural Terminology manual and the Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System manual. The course covers an in-depth explanation of the sections found in the manuals, and then following a body system approach to allow students to practice procedural coding. Emphasis is put on correctly coding Evaluation & Management, modifiers, and surgical procedures. Students have hands-on application in and CPT and HCPCS coding manuals and electronic coding software.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Advanced Medical Coding and Auditing


This course presents the student with a wide array of cases from across major medical specialties. The students will be assigned more complex cases with fewer directives and less information to ensure the development of the ability to transfer previously learned knowledge into application. Realistic case reports will be used for coding, billing, auditing, and scheduling.

6.5 credits
40 theory hours
50 lab hours

Hospital Coding and Billing


This course introduces the basics of hospital billing and coding through the evaluation of hospital structures, functions, and the regulatory environment. The course navigates the student through the hospital billing process, patient accounts and data flow along with procedural coding and guidelines, claims forms used in hospital billing, prospective payment systems, and management of accounts receivable. The students apply knowledge obtained in the course to complete case studies and review claim form data for employment application.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Health Information Management


This course provides students with the necessary tools to develop as a health information management or health informatics professional. The course covers how to manage the success of data content, structure and standards, perform risk management assessment, disclosure management, manage technology solutions, perform analytics and data use in health informatics, review the revenue management cycle for quality assurance standards, uphold compliance standards of HIPAA, recognize fraud and abuse, and develop a leadership model for human resource management, training, strategic planning, financial management, and project management in healthcare systems.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Capstone


This course presents the student with the opportunity to gain experience from an online internship for medical coding. The virtual multi-specialty medical clinic simulates the work experience each student needs to be successful in the field and assists the student in creating a customized portfolio for sharing with prospective employers. Students also prepare for the National Health Career Association, Certified Biller Coder Specialist exam.

6.5 credits
40 theory hours
50 lab hours

Medical Billing and Coding Externship


Students learn from hands-on experience in medical administrative duties. Students are required to complete 180 hours of supervised training in the administrative aspects of a physician’s office, clinic, insurance office, or hospital setting. This course gives students the ability to obtain work experience and become familiar with all aspects and duties of a medical insurance billing and coding representative

6.5 credits
10 theory hours
170 externship hours

Introduction to College Mathematics


Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Introduction to Psychology


This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition I


This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition II


This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Survey of the Sciences


The methods of rational inquiry and problem solving for the sciences are covered within this course. Students will explore and analyze selected topics from physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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