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Healthcare needs are rising across the board, especially for the elderly. Medical assistant job openings are widespread for those who have obtained the proper education. With a Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science degree, you take advantage of in-demand opportunities in the medical assisting field.

Medical assistants provide exceptional service to patients, and support for their colleagues. A career in this field requires a significant degree of discipline and an understanding of procedures such as giving injections, measuring vital signs, assisting physicians, and more.

What Can You Do With A Medical Assistant Degree?

Graduates of our Medical Assistant’s Degree program are working in a challenging career field in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient health centers and more.

Day-to-day, they  are responsible for:

  • Keeping patients’ medical records up-to-date and filed properly
  • Working in a specialized clinical area under the supervision of a medical professional
  • Assisting patients with insurance forms
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Greeting patients and putting them at ease
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Handling billing and bookkeeping

As you can imagine, Medical Assistants play a crucial role in the office of just about every doctor, podiatrist, chiropractor and other healthcare practitioners in the country.

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

At Vista College, our goal is to provide our students with the knowledge, experience and confidence to launch their career as a medical assistant. We do this by providing a variety of educational opportunities for our students such as hands-on training, laboratory experience, lectures and so much more.

Our medical assistant classes provides comprehensive education and training on medical terminology, pharmacology, human anatomy, medical billing and coding, and more. Some graduates have the opportunity to work as an extern, which allows them apply their knowledge, gain experience and network with potential employers.

What Can You Learn During Our Medical Assistant AAS Program?

In our Medical Assisting associate degree program, you can expect to learn how to:

  • Give injections accurately
  • Prepare fluids for future tests
  • Input and maintain accurate patient medical records
  • Provide the necessary, expected degree of assistance to registered nurses and physicians
  • Properly measure patient vitals

Our Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree program will give you tools you need to succeed through classroom and lab work in topics such as:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Administrative Procedures
  • Medical Coding and Billing training
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Procedures
  • Laboratory Skills and Clinical Procedures
  • Medical Office Management

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