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Medical administrative assistant program curriculum

The medical administrative assistant program curriculum is, first and foremost, job-focused. Designed by experienced healthcare professionals, our syllabus focuses on the most essential skills and knowledge to seize exciting opportunities in a rewarding, fast-growing field.

Curriculum Lessons

Medical Office Assistant: Administrative Procedures Orientation  

In this course, you’ll examine the goals and values of Ashworth College, time management, creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule, the nature and purpose of assessments, how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century. You’ll also learn more about the allied health career options that are available to you and the necessary information you’ll need to be ethical, professional, and successful in those roles.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Identify the skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner.
  • Differentiate among the various available allied health professions.

Lesson Group 1: Medical and Body Systems Terminology  

In this course, you’ll learn how to define basic medical terms and describe the anatomy and physiology of different body systems. You’ll also review the terminology associated with surgical procedures and chronic and infectious diseases.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Explain how to build, define, and analyze medical terms.
  • Define terms and abbreviations associated with different body systems.
  • Identify the characteristics of various surgical treatments and major chronic and infectious diseases.
  • Using standard medical terminology, explain the structures and functions of the human body, including the senses and body systems.

Lesson Group 2: Introduction to Medical Assisting  

This course opens with a description of medical assisting, its history, and the skills, responsibilities, and opportunities associated with medical assisting. You’ll also learn how laws and ethics impact medical care, review medical terminology, and discover the best methods for communicating in the medical office under a variety of circumstances.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Summarize the role and responsibilities of the medical assistant.
  • Recognize how ethics and the law impact medical care.
  • Define common medical terms.
  • Identify common issues concerning communication and safety in the medical office.

Lesson Group 3: Administrative Medical Assisting  

In this course, you’ll learn how to schedule and greet patients and explore the different technologies, equipment, procedures, and tasks commonly seen in the medical office. Additionally, you’ll review medical records, financial management, insurance and claims, and coding.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Describe how to schedule and greet patients.
  • Differentiate among types of medical records.
  • Summarize the medical billing and reimbursement process and the roles that insurance, claims, and coding play.
  • Identify the technologies, equipment, processes, and policies seen in medical office management.

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Program Description

The Medical Office Assistant: Administrative Procedures certificate program is designed to provide you with the knowledge of the basic skills required of medical office assistants. You’ll learn medical terminology, familiarize yourself with medical law and ethics, and learn about the responsibilities associated with administrative medical assisting.

Program Objectives

After completing the Medical Office Assistant – Administrative Procedures certificate program, you'll be able to do the following:

  1. Outline the typical responsibilities of a medical office assistant with an administrative focus, describe the personal and professional ethics required for success in this profession, and explain how medical office assistants are impacted by HIPAA and other healthcare regulations.
  2. Describe how a medical front office is typically managed, focusing on administrative processes and procedures.
  3. Explain the procedures involved in creating and maintaining accurate medical documentation, especially with regards to patient records, procedural and diagnostic coding, insurance claim forms, and other healthcare documentation.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of medical insurance by outlining typical claims processing procedures and explaining the difference between government and commercial health insurance plans.

Orchestrating a successful job hunt

You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Medical Office Administrative Assistant Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth College Central Network are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth College Central Network whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.

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