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Medical Office Assistant Program Curriculum

Our Medical Office Assistant program curriculum preps you for certification by introducing you to essential topics like medical terminology, laws and ethics, medical office administration skills, records management, coding, and billing. Lessons also touch on basic clinical procedures and patient relations.

Medical Office Assistant Orientation

Medical Office Assistant 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 skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner.
  • Describe the various available allied health professions and the legal and ethical issues that each may face.

Lesson Group 1: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

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.

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Program description

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

Medical Office Assistant Program objectives

After completing the Medical Office Assistant certificate program, you’ll be able to do the following:

  1. Outline the typical responsibilities of a medical office assistant, 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-related regulations.
  2. Describe how a medical front office is typically managed, focusing on administrative processes and procedures.
  3. Explain the procedures to follow to create and maintain 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.
  5. Using standard medical terminology, explain the structures and functions of the human body, including the senses and body systems.
  6. Identify and describe the medical office assistant's role in standard patient interactions in the medical office, including in-office diagnostic tests and procedures, specimen sampling, medication administration, and the preparation of patients for examination.
  7. Describe universal precautions and explain how to maintain a safe environment in the medical office, even during emergency situations.

Organizing your skills into a career path

Ashworth College's API Program Name Career Diploma program helps you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

Advance your career in our online API Program Name program. Call 1-800-957-5412