NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
    Apr 01, 2023  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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MEDA 1505 - Introduction to Medical Assisting

This course gives the beginning medical assistant student a foundation in practice within a medical office. Students are introduced to the foundational concepts of professionalism and professional practice, law and ethics in health care, medical office administrative procedures, medical terminology, and medical office finances.

Credits: 3

Instructional Method Lecture/Lab

Admission to the Medical Assistant Program

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of MEDA 1505 Introduction to Medical Assisting, the student will:

  1. identify the different levels of training required for each member of the health care team.
  2. implement correct use of medical terminology.
  3. develop an understanding of legal and regulatory guidelines within medical practice settings.
  4. relate professional characteristics for the medical assistant.
  5. develop effective communication techniques.
  6. apply understanding of human/patient behavior.
  7. describe risk management, quality assurance and safety strategies.
  8. recognize factors affecting medical ethics in the practice environment.
  9. define the correct procedure for medical reception and patient navigation.
  10. examine the correct procedures with medical business communications.
  11. summarize effective facilities management.
  12. demonstrate proficiency with medical office procedures.
  13. identify the correct processes when scheduling patients.
  14. assemble the patient’s medical record.
  15. demonstrate competency with electronic documentation systems.
  16. describe the impact on patient care when medical assistants understand the essentials of medical insurance.
  17. outline the correct processes for managing practice finances, including coding and insurance plans.

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