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Medical Assisting and Office Technician Courses

MEDIC-099 Occupational Work Experience

1-4 Units: 60-360 hours of work experience, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Employment in health/career related field.

For more information on this course, refer to Cooperative Education. Units are determined by number of hours worked.

This course offers on-the-job learning experiences for employed students, whether paid or volunteer, in cooperation with their employers. If students’ career goals are directly related to their work, they can earn credit for jobs they hold during the term. Students must be enrolled in at least seven units, including their cooperative education units (proportionately fewer in summer session). Students who volunteer for this assignment will earn 1 unit for every 60 hours of volunteer work experience and 1 unit per 90 hours of paid work experience. Petition to repeat for a maximum of 16 units.

MEDIC-100 Topics in Medical Assisting and Office Technician

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in medical assisting and office technician. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

MEDIC-150 Medical Terminology I

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course studies the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, roots, combining forms, and plurals; pronunciation, spelling and definitions of medical terms; and emphasizes building a professional vocabulary required for working in the field.

MEDIC-151 Medical Terminology II

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: MEDIC-150

This course offers additional study of complex medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, root words, combining forms and plurals; pronunciation, spelling and definitions of medical terms; emphasis on building an advanced professional vocabulary required for working in the medical field.

MEDIC-210 Medical Law, Ethics and Economics

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course introduces medical law, including legal relationships of physician and patient; creation and termination of a contract; and professional liability. Orientation to prepaid health insurance plans and types of medical law will be included.

MEDIC-218 Injection Procedures for the Healthcare Professional

1 Unit: 14 hours of lecture, 12 hours of laboratory, per term, P/NP, DG

Prerequisite: MEDIC-151 and MEDIC-221

Challenge Exam: Successful completion of equivalent course and/or examination, or health professional license.

This course is a basic injections course designed to provide the knowledge and practical skills needed to administer injections using universal precautions and safety measures. Topics include but are not limited to: skin layers and intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular injection sites, recapping syringes after filling it from a vial or ampule, and discarding syringes properly after use.

MEDIC-219 Venipuncture for the Healthcare Professional

1 Unit: 14 hours of lecture, 12 hours of laboratory, per term, P/NP, DG

Prerequisite: MEDIC-221; Challenge: successful completion of equivalent course and/or examination, or healthcare professional license.

This course is designed for students of allied health training programs or allied health practitioners who have not yet received training in venipuncture. It is for those who work for, or plan to work for, a doctor’s office, clinic or other healthcare provider that is NOT a licensed clinical laboratory. It will provide the basic theory and procedure for performing simple venipuncture by syringe and needle, evacuated system and butterfly needle for the purpose of blood collection. It will also cover the basics of the cardiovascular system, infection control and safety, and skin puncture procedures. This course fulfills national accreditation competencies in diagnostic procedures for medical assistants.

MEDIC-221 Practices, Procedures, & Specialties in Clinical
Medical Assisting

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory per term, LR, DG

Prerequisite: MEDIC-150, MEDIC-225 and BOT-200

Challenge Exam – Successful completion of equivalent courses for all prerequisites or passage of proficiency tests or challenge exams with a “C” or better for all prerequisites.

This course provides instruction for the student to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for carrying out professional clinical responsibilities as a successful medical assistant in a medical setting. Topics include, but are not limited to, interacting with patients, specialty practices, office laboratory procedures and laboratory/diagnostic equipment.

MEDIC-222 Medical Assisting and Nutrition, Pharmacology, Drug Administration and Medical Emergencies

1 Unit: 18 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

Prerequisite: MEDIC-221, MEDIC-151

This course is designed for students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to assist medical facilities care for patients regarding nutrition, pharmacology, drug administration and medical emergencies.

MEDIC-223 Life Skills for the Healthcare Student

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

This course aids medical assisting and other allied health students in the completion of their educational goals. Discussions include, but are not limited to: self-exploration in the context of personal development and vocational goals in the healthcare field; time, stress, and money management as healthcare students; and the practice of holistic health that will inform the provision of healthcare and patient education as healthcare professionals.

MEDIC-224 Communication Skills for the Healthcare Professional

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

Prerequisite: MEDIC-150

Challenge Policy – A “C” or better on a challenge exam or equivalent course taken

This course offers an opportunity to learn and apply in daily life and work the principles of effective interpersonal communication. Content is based on psychological, social, cultural and linguistic factors that affect normal person-to-person interaction. Special attention is given to the application of effective communication skills in the workplace as a professional in the healthcare field.

MEDIC-225 Medical Practice Management and EHRs

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG Advisory: Keyboarding Skills

This course provides instruction for the student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for carrying out administrative tasks as a medical assistant. Topics include, but are not limited to: office work, telephone techniques, and the use of  a computerized medical practice management and electronic health record (EHR) system for scheduling appointments, applying patient check-in procedures, managing health/follow-up data, and managing payment procedures.

MEDIC-226 Clinical Experience I

4 Units: 9 hours of lecture, 189 hours of laboratory by arrangement, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: HHS-114, MEDIC-218, 222, 223, 224, BOT-200

Challenge Policy – A “C” or better for equivalent courses or challenge exams

This course is the first in a sequence of two courses offered to provide practical experience as a medical assisting student under supervision in hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices. Departments in participating healthcare sites include areas such as: OB-GYN, Surgery, GI Special Procedures, Adult Medicine, and Pediatrics. The lab portion of this course requires students to attend 16 hours per week at a healthcare facility under the supervision of the clinical supervisor/staff. The lecture portion of this course consists of a seminar to coordinate and discuss the assigned activities performed at these sites.

MEDIC-227 Clinical Experience II

3 Units: 9 hours of lecture, 135 hours of laboratory by arrangement, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: MEDIC-226

Challenge Policy – A “C” or better for equivalent courses or challenge exams

This course is the second in a sequence of two courses offered to provide practical experience as a medical assisting student in hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices. The lab portion of this course requires students to attend 16 hours per week at a healthcare facility under the supervision of the clinical supervisor/staff. The lecture portion of this course consists of a seminar to coordinate and discuss the assigned activities performed at these sites.

MEDIC-228 Fundamentals of Chronic Care Assisting

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture per term, LR, DG

Prerequisite: MEDIC-150, MEDIC-224 (may be taken concurrently)
Challenge Policy – Receipt of a “C” or better on a challenge exam for each prerequisite

This course is designed to teach health care professionals or advanced health care students the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to assume the role of a chronic care assistant/health coach. Students will learn about chronic care/chronic disease management, pathophysiology of chronic diseases and how to assist, engage and support patients in chronic care management.

MEDIC-230 Medical Billing and Coding

2 Units: 27 hours of lecture, 27 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG

Prerequisite: MEDIC-225, BOT-200

This course provides a practical approach to diagnostic/ procedural coding and medical billing used in medical offices, clinics, and hospitals. Students learn how to facilitate proper coding for billing healthcare claims using the standard Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classifications of Diseases (ICD), and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPS). Students will also gain an understanding of the different types of health insurance plans and the proper payment and follow-up procedures related to claim submission.

MEDIC-231 Introduction to Healthcare Careers

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

This course provides an overview of health care careers and their respective career paths, educational requirements, and professional responsibilities. It also covers basic skills needed for health-related careers in general, such as personal qualities, professionalism, teamwork, and communication. The purpose of this class is to assist the student in making educational/career decisions.

MEDIC-232 Health Navigator I

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Corequisite: MEDIC-150

Advisory: MEDIC-223

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the role of the health navigator. This role involves guiding clients toward achieving optimal health by utilizing the resources of the health care system. This role also includes coaching clients for increasing their involvement in the management of their own health. Topics include: an introduction to public health and health care policy in the U.S., cultural humility, principles for working with clients in the community, and conducting effective initial client interviews.

MEDIC-233 Health Navigator II

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: MEDIC-232

Corequisite: BOT-210A

Advisory: MEDIC-224

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and competencies required for the health navigator to promote health at the community level. Topics include: community health diagnosis, outreach, group facilitation, trainings, organizing, and advocacy.

MEDIC-234 Emotional Intelligence

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Advisory: HHS-115 or MEDIC-223

This course is designed to help students increase their understanding of emotional intelligence. Emphasis will be on improving the ability to understand, employ, manage, and transform emotions for greater academic, personal, and/or professional success. Instruction of a seven-step process for problem-focused coping and dealing with emotionally-charged issues will be given for personal and professional applications.

MEDIC-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in medical assisting and office technician under the direction of an instructor.