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Medical Assisting Certificate

Last updated 6/3/2015

Certificate Code 5864

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Kathryn Phillis, 309-796-5323,

The Medical Assisting program will train individuals to work under the supervision of a physician, providing medical office administration and clinical duties that include patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination, and administering medication and first aid. The program will include courses in basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, health insurance and office procedures, pharmacology terminology and calculations and ethics and law. Students will gain practical experience by completing two clinical courses plus an internship and seminar.

Medical Assisting professionals will see increasing opportunities for employment in the light of escalating health care costs. In order to keep operating costs in line, doctors and clinics want trained professionals with skills to provide good patient care and office management to expedite increasing insurance paperwork.

Medical Assisting Certificate
Certificate Code 5864
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
BIOL 150 — Medical Terminology (3)
HIM 147 — Med. Assisting Clin. Tech 1 (4)
HIM 156 — Introduction to Health Insurance (3)
PN 110 — Basic Anatomy and Physiology (3)

HIM 251 — Medical Office Procedures (3)

Second Semester
HIM 247 — Medical Assisting Clin. Tech II (4)
HIM 252 — Pharmacology Terminology (3)
HIM 254 — Law, Liability, and Medical Ethics (3)

Summer Semester
HIM 261 — Seminar (1)
HIM 265 — Internship (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (30)

Courses for this program include: »

BIOL 150 Medical Terminology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: 83 or above on COMPASS reading test or REA 098 “C” or better.
This course presents the principles of medical word construction through identification of root words, prefixes, suffices, combining forms, and methods of building medical terms. Emphasis is placed on correct medical word spelling, pronunciation, and definition, while introducing terminology specific to various body systems. The course is intended to prepare students to classify medical information for use in medical coding, billing, and reporting.

HIM 147 Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques I
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to Medical Assistant program.
This course presents a basic introduction to the profession of Medical Assisting and to the healthcare environment. Specifically, this course will introduce the student to basic aseptic technique, gloving and gowning, vital signs, height/weight, Snelling vision screenings, patient interviewing and positioning and injections (intradermal, intramuscular, and subcutaneous).

HIM 156 Introduction to Health Insurance
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduce students to health insurance industry; present step-by-step procedures for generating, processing, and submitting health insurance claims to commercial, private, and governmental health insurance programs.

HIM 247 Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques II
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIM 147 “C” or better.
This course presents advanced Medical Assisting skills including urinalysis, electrocardiography, basic blood collection methods (syringe, vacuum tube, capillary puncture).

HIM 251 Medical Office Procedures
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIOL 150 “C” or better.
Administration of the medical office; insurance, professional and business records.

HIM 252 Pharmacology Terminology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Emphasis is on spelling, abbreviations, pronunciation, drug names and references and bodily effects of drugs. Drug classifications.

HIM 254 Law Liability and Medical Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A careful examination of health legislation and health policy implementation. Student will become aware of legal aspects of handling information and ethics involved in management of medical information. Case studies will be used to provide problem solving.

HIM 261 Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in HIM 265.
Discussion of internship activities, challenges, team opportunities and problems.

HIM 265 Internship
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 40 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Instructor consent and concurrent enrollment in HIM 261.
Supervised field program, providing work experience in offices for students enrolled in Health Information Management.

PN 110 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: REA 093 or appropriate Compass score.
Basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology.

Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Medical Assisting Certificate