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PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL TECHNICIAN PROGRAM. (M.A.)
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
The objective of the Professional Medical Technician Program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and professional work habits pursuant to gaining employment in an entry-level position in a medical facility such as a hospital, clinic, rehabilitation facility, physician’s office, insurance organization, or research institution.
A high school diploma, GED, or equivalent may be required to take these exams.
THE 620 HOUR PROGRAM IS TAUGHT:
Monday through Friday afternoon 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM; or
Monday through Thursday evening 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
For modules: MED 111, MED 112, MED 113, MED 114, MED 115, MED 116, MED 117
For module: MED 118 – Clinical Externship days and hours vary. Please refer to the Clinical Externship section of this catalog for further information.
MED 119 – Is a combination of an Instructor guided course (10 hours) coupled with independent lab time (30 hours). Days and hours vary.
Professional Medical Technician Course Description:
This course provides the student with the building blocks of basic medical terminology. Such understanding will facilitate learning of scientific and medical principles encountered during more advanced career preparation. The relationship of word parts to their anatomical counterparts will be studied. Rules for combining word parts into complete medical terms will be stressed. Accurate pronunciation and spelling of word parts and complete terms will be emphasized throughout the course as well as the many components of a medical term and how to break down a medical term by simply knowing the meaning of the prefix or suffix.
By learning the individual parts of a medical word, students will not need to memorize hundreds of complex medical terms and their definitions.
Introduction to Medical Assisting
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of being a medical assistant and will prepare them to support physicians by providing assistance during patient examinations, treatment administration and monitoring; by keeping patient and related health record information; and by performing clinical, administrative and laboratory duties.
Topics such as professional behaviors in the workplace, interpersonal skills, HIPAA, medical law and ethics, financial practice management, banking services and procedures as well as medical practice management and human resource dynamics will be addressed. The application of critical thinking skills will be promoted by presenting and discussing relevant clinical cases.
Administrative Medical Assisting
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of computer concepts, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, patient reception and processing, the office environment and daily operations, written communications and mail processing, the different types of medical records, health information management and HIPAA practice. The application of critical thinking skills will be promoted by presenting and discussing relevant case scenarios.
Billing and Coding Procedures
This course will introduce the student to the basic fundamentals of diagnostic coding, procedural coding, health insurance, health insurance claim forms professional fees, billing and collecting.
Students will understand the principles used for diagnostic coding and demonstrate how to use and ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS book, complete a sample health insurance claim form, a physical encounter form, and post payment entries. The application of critical thinking skills will be promoted by presenting and discussing relevant clinical cases.
Clinical Medical Assisting
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of being a clinical medical assistant. Topics such as principles of working with diverse patient populations, therapeutic communication, patient assessment and care, patient education, infection control, OSHA compliance, HIPAA, holistic health concepts and practices, nutrition, therapeutic diets and health promotion will be taught.
Students will demonstrate infection control, obtain and record a patient history, effective and therapeutic communication, obtain accurate vital signs (including blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, temperature, height and weight), accurate patient documentation and recording. The application of critical thinking skills will be promoted by presenting and discussing relevant clinical cases.
Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Procedures
This course is taught as an introduction to the human body and its functions. Students will learn various aspects of human anatomy, including: the structure of cells, tissues, and membranes, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the cardiac system, the respiratory system, the reproductive system, the urinary and intestinal system, the nervous system, and the integumentary system.
Students will become familiar with associated terminology, common medical examinations, screening processes, and medical procedures and treatments associated with each body system, important practices and background information on medical disease processes, as well as modalities of treatments associated with each.
Additionally, students will practice with electrocardiograph equipment and perform hands on labs including obtaining a 12 lead EKG. The application of critical thinking skills will be promoted by presenting and discussing relevant clinical cases.
Diagnostic Lab Skills, Procedures & Pharmacology Basics
In this comprehensive course, students will learn medical abbreviations, basic prescriptions and pharmacology concepts. The clinical laboratory and the associated safety about regulatory guidelines. Students will gain fundamental knowledge regarding hematology and complete hematology tests, including WBC and RBC, differential counts, blood smears and straining techniques, hemoglobin, hematocrit, blood typing, blood glucose, sedimentation rates and mono reagent testing. Students will learn proper procedures for specimen collecting, processing, and testing. Students will perform venipuncture and capillary puncture as well as urine collection and testing. Intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular injections will be performed. The principles of infection control, asepsis, and sterilization will also be covered.
During the externship phase of training, the student will experience various aspects of working in the actual field that they have trained for. The externship will provide the student with the opportunity to experience and participate in the duties typical to a real work place setting. Instruction centers on observing experienced personnel, as well as, participating in actual procedures under close supervision of trained professionals. A minimum of 160 clinical hours must be completed for this portion of training.
This course provides the opportunity to apply clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills in a medical facility. Emphasis is placed on enhancing competence in clinical and administrative skills necessary for comprehensive patient care and strengthening professional communications and interactions. Upon completion, students should be able to function as an entry-level healthcare professional.
Final course emphasis is geared towards preparing the students for national certification exams with NHA and/or NCCT for Medical Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, EKG Technician, Patient Care Technician or Insurance and Coding Specialist.
Career Development and Life Skills
This short course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to learn about and develop the necessary skills to engage in life/career planning and career management. Students will develop the knowledge associated with job seeking, interviewing, and the habits pursuant to employment.
This course will include out-of-class work including reading and writing assignments, practical application assignments and projects. A professional resume and portfolio will be developed.