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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.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

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; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers 

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2 – Medical and Body Systems Terminology

Medical Terminology  

Introduction to basic medical terminology and word formation; identification of the four major word parts of medical terms; building, defining, and analyzing medical terms

Body Systems 1 

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Body Systems 2  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the urinary and reproductive systems, the specialties of gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology, and the anatomy of the eyes and ears; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Disease Processes and Surgical Procedures 

An overview of the terminology related to major chronic and infectious diseases as well as surgical treatments for those diseases.

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Program Description

The Medical Office Assistant program is designed to provide the student the knowledge and skills required for entry‐level work performing the administrative and clinical functions of a medical assistant. Students learn how to schedule appointments, maintain patient records, perform billing and coding duties, assist physicians with examinations, prepare patients for laboratory and diagnostic imaging procedures, and administer medications. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Program Objectives

After completing the Medical Office Assistant program, students will be able to:

  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.

The tools to grow your career

In as few as four months, our Medical Office Assistant program curriculum can give you the skills you need to earn professional certification and land a job assisting in a medical office. While you are enrolled and after graduation, Ashworth College gives you exclusive access to career advice, job search assistance, and a network of employers looking for people just like you! Browse our Career Tools today to see how we can support your professional goals and help you discover new opportunities.

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