Friday – October 31, 2014

 

Medical Assistant
Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-509-1


For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Classes are taught at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Health Education Center (HEC), 1311 North Sixth Street
(Sixth Street and McKinley Avenue.)

Overview — Medical Assistant is a two-semester technical diploma program that emphasizes the skills and knowledge needed to obtain employment in doctors' offices, clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities. During the Medical Assistant clinical course, you will have an opportunity to acquire experience in healthcare facilities. A healthcare provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate and a first aid certificate are prerequisites for entry into the first clinical course. As a graduate of the program, you will be eligible to write the AAMA exam to qualify as a Certified Medical Assistant.

Successful medical assistants are able to accept responsibility and work well with people, often in stressful situations. They are accurate when working with details and records. Other desirable characteristics include empathy, tact and effective communication skills.


The MATC Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350.

 

Career Outlook — The demand for Certified Medical Assistants continues to grow. Graduates perform various functions such as drawing blood, administering EKGs and carrying out lab procedures. In small offices, medical assistants serve as receptionists, secretaries, billing and insurance clerks and transcriptionists. For additional career information, visit http://www.aama-ntl.org.

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Perform clerical functions
  • Perform bookkeeping procedures
  • Prepare special accounting entries
  • Apply principles of medical asepsis
  • Perform specimen collection
  • Perform diagnostic testing
  • Process insurance claims
  • Provide patient care
  • Communicate effectively
  • Apply legal and ethical concepts
  • Instruct patients
  • Perform medical office operational functions
  • Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

Prior coursework in biology is recommended. 

 

Possible Careers:
Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
Medical Assistant
Office Manager


Related Programs:
Health Unit Coordinator
Medical Administrative Specialist
Medical Coding Specialist

Start Dates: August/January

 

All MEDAST courses must be completed within 18 months of starting technical courses in the program.

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

SIXTEEN-WEEK TERMS

Credits


HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology *

3


HEALTH-107

Introduction to Computing for Healthcare *

2


MEDAST-301

Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures ‡

2


MEDAST-302

Human Body in Health and Disease * ‡

3


MEDAST-303

Med Assistant Lab Procedures 1 ‡

2


MEDAST-304

Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 1 ‡

4


MEDAST-305

Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 2 ‡

2


MEDAST-306

Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 2 ** ‡

3


MEDAST-307

Medical Office Insurance and Finance ‡

2


HEALTH-308

Pharmacology for Allied Health ‡

2


MEDAST-309

Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism

2


MEDAST-310

Medical Assistant Practicum ** ‡

3


ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡

     3    


(or) ENG-201 English 1




TOTAL CREDITS: 33

‡ Prerequisite required.

* May be taken prior to entering the program.

** MEDAST-306 and MEDAST-310 must be taken in the same semester. 

All MEDAST courses must be completed within 18 months of starting technical courses in the program.

 

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.