Medical Assisting C.A.

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Medical Assisting C.A.

Department: Medical Assisting and Medical Coding

Total Credit Hours: 44-45 credits

What Is Medical Assisting C.A.?

The medical field is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. As more doctors open new offices or join established practices the need for well-trained assistants increases. Medical assistants are trusted with huge responsibilities, both administrative and clinical. A day’s work may have you scheduling appointments, preparing patients for examination, recording vital signs, arranging hospital admissions, handling laboratory specimens, sterilizing instruments, calling in prescriptions, drawing blood, filing insurance, removing sutures, taking electrocardiograms, and more. Certificate programs prepare you for entry-level employment.

Occupational Outlook

29%
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the medical assisting field earn a median annual wage of $32,480.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (15-16 credits) 
Mathematics MAT 098 or Beginning Algebra  3-4
MAT 105 Applied Math *
Communication ENG 101  English Composition I 3
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or US History to 1877 3
HIS 102 or US History Since 1877 
HIS 115 or US History Since 1945
HIS 270  History of Missouri 
Elective CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (29 credits)
  HIM 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health 5
HIM 141  Pathophysiology 3
MDA 115 Pharmacology & Admin. of Meds # 3
MDA 120 Administrative Procedures # 3
MDA 121 Medical Insurance & Billing # 3
MDA 140 Procedures in a Clinical Setting # 3
HIM 238 Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues 3
  MDA 150 Medical Assistant Clinical Externship(8wk)# 3
Total Required Hours: 44-45 credits

(#) Program requirement prior to any MDA course work- Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

(*) Must assess into MAT 098 or complete developmental courses necessary to meet the requirements

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (15-16 credits)
ENG 101  English Composition I  3
CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication 3
Choose one: HIS 101, 102, 115270 3
MAT 098 or Beginning Algebra 3-4
MAT 105 Applied Math *
Second Semester (14 credits)
HIM 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health 5
HIM 141 Pathophysiology 3
MDA 115 Pharmacology & Admin. of Meds # 3
Third Semester (12 credits)
MDA 120 Administrative Procedures # 3
MDA 121 Medical Insurance & Billing #  3
MDA 140 Procedures in a Clinical Setting # 3
HIM 238 Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues 3
Fourth Semester (3 credits)
MDA 150 Medical Assist. Clinical Externship (8 wks)# 3
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 44-45 credits

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