Medical Assisting Program

Program #30422

This program will prepare students for an entry-level position as a medical assistant in a front office (administrative) and back office (clinical setting). The program consists of a sequence of courses that prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the tasks of a medical assistant in keeping the offices of physicians, podiatrist, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly.

Core Courses
MEDO 260 Introduction to Medical Assisting48
MEOC 210 Introduction of Computers for Health Care Workers48
MEOC 104 Medical Terminology48
MEDO 115 Medical Assisting: Front Office36
MEOC 112 Medical Insurance Billing - A Practical Approach to Medical Billing72
MEDO 235 Medical Assisting: Back Office Procedures I80
MEDO 240 Medical Assisting: Back Office Procedures II80
Total Hours412
First Year
Fall TermHoursWinter TermHoursSpring TermHours
MEDO 26048MEOC 10448MEOC 21048
 MEDO 11536 
 48 84 48
Second Year
Fall TermHoursWinter TermHoursSpring TermHours
MEOC 11272MEDO 23580MEDO 24080
 72 80 80
Total Hours 412

MEDO 115 36 Hours Medical Assisting: Front Office

Prerequisite(s): MEDO 260 Introduction of Medical Assisting and COMP 685 Beginning Keyboarding.

This course introduces students to medical office procedures in preparation for entry-level positions in the front office or reception area of a medical facility. These include medical data entry. Students review reception techniques, patient records and insurance forms. Keyboarding experience advised. Textbook Required (Apportionment)

MEDO 235 80 Hours Medical Assisting: Back Office Procedures I

Prerequisite(s): MEOC 104 Medical Terminology and MEDO 260 Introduction to Medical Assisting.

This course introduces students to the back office, clinical duties of the medical assistant. It is designed to develop the necessary skills for performing exam room procedures, including medical asepsis and infection control; patient intake; vital signs; and assisting with physical examination. Specialty exams and electrocardiograph procedure are also covered. Textbook Required (Apportionment)

MEDO 240 80 Hours Medical Assisting: Back Office Procedures II

Prerequisite(s): MEDO 235 Medical Assisting Back Office I.

This course develops the necessary skills for the back office. Students review assisting physicians with minor surgical procedures, pharmacology, laboratory procedures, nutrition, patient education, diagnostic imaging, and urgent care and emergency procedures. Textbook Required (Apportionment)

MEDO 260 48 Hours Introduction to Medical Assisting

This course is an introduction to the medical assisting profession and career opportunities. Topics covered include personal characteristics, professional responsibilities, ethical behavior, health care settings, medical law, and therapeutic communication skills. Textbook Required (Apportionment)

MEOC 104 48 Hours Medical Terminology

Required course for Pharmacy Technician Certificate and Medical Assisting Certificate program, but also welcomes all students preparing for a variety of professional/paraprofessional careers in the medical field. Learn medical terms or strengthen prior knowledge. Offers basics of terminology, anatomy and diagnostics. (Apportionment)

MEOC 112 72 Hours Medical Insurance Billing - A Practical Approach to Medical Billing

Prerequisite(s): COMP 100 Introduction to Computers or MS 104 Introduction to Windows Operating System and keyboard competency of 30 wpm.

An overview of outpatient medical insurance billing in preparing students for entry-level positions. Students review theory and practice data entry for private, Blue Cross/BlueShield, Medicare, Medicaid/Medi-Cal, TRICARE/CHAMPUS and workers' compensation billing. CPT and ICD-9 coding covered. Medical billing software utilized in computer lab. Keyboarding experience advised. Textbook Required (Apportionment)

MEOC 210 48 Hours Introduction of Computers for Health Care Workers

Prerequisite(s): COMP 685 Beginning Keyboarding or Typing 30 words per minute.

This course is an introduction to computers for individuals entering the health care field. This course provides a general introduction to computer literacy and information technology for health care students. The course provides a comprehensive survery of the interconnections of information technology and health care. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)