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Introduces basic anatomy & physiology while providing a foundation for building a medical vocabulary including the study of prefixes, roots, suffixes, combining forms, and pronunciation. Emphasis is on using medical terms accurately in the context of healthcare employment settings. Also introduces common diseases, and concepts in disease prevention and health promotion. Students will develop resourcefulness through the use of various tools, including a cyclopedic medical dictionary.
Continues the focus of MEDA 101 by developing a medical vocabulary (using word documents, abbreviations, and stand-alone terms), and knowledge relating to common diseases for body systems not covered in MEDA 101.
Prerequisites: MEDA 101 or BTEC 181
Introduces students to such fundamental biological principles as the cell and metabolism, then progresses through tissues to human organ systems including respiratory, circulatory, digestive, reproductive, immune, nervous, musculoskeletal, urinary and sensory organs.
Prerequisite: ENGL 099 or placement into ENGL 101.
Presents the legal, ethical, and bioethical issues relevant to medical office settings. Course features legal cases and legislation. Topics include patient confidentiality, advance directives, consents, professional liability, medical malpractice, release of information, bioethical case studies, the American Association of Medical Assistants' professional code of ethics, and specific Washington State legislation relating to Medical Assistants.
Prerequisites: ENGL& 101 or BUS 119. Note: This must be completed before winter quarter of the medical assisting cohort year.
Enables student to develop knowledge and skills necessary to work in a physician's office laboratory. Focuses on quality control; record keeping; specimen collection - including phlebotomy - processing and disposal; urinalysis; hematology; blood chemistry; immunology and microbiology. This course is part of the educational requirement for the Medical Assistant-Certified, according to Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6237 (ESSB 6237), and teaches to the scope of practice according to this law. Students enrolled in this course must show documentation for the hepatitis B vaccine series.
Prerequisites: MEDA 122, MEDA 101 (or BTEC 181); and AH 100 (or equivalent) for proof of seven-hours of education meeting RCW 70.24.270 rules for AIDS education and training for health professionals. Concurrent requirements: Current enrollment in the Medical Assisting Cohort, or Medical Assisting program director permission.
Provides a foundation of knowledge and basic skills for assisting a health care practitioner in a clinical setting. Requires students to perform vital signs, infection control, patient care, and sterile techniques. Explains and discusses OSHA standards for handling biohazardous materials along with first aid and medical emergencies.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Medical Assisting Program. ENGL& 101 or BUS 119 with a C or higher. Concurrent requirements: MEDA 120 (or BIOL& 241 and 242), if not already completed with a C or higher
Builds on competencies developed in MEDA 161, necessary for assisting a health care provider in a clinical setting. Focuses on electrocardiography; specialty procedures, safety in radiography; nutrition in health and disease, and advanced patient screening techniques.
Prerequisites: MEDA 122, MEDA 161; and current enrollment in the Medical Assisting Program or Program Director permission.
Explores knowledge of common diseases and pathology, including diagnostic and treatment modalities. Students will become proficient in using drug reference materials. This course is part of the educational requirement for the Medical Assistant-Certified, according to Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6237 (ESSB 6237), and teaches to the scope of practice according to this law. Lecture and laboratory content include administration and documentation of oral, subcutaneous, intramuscular, intradermal, and ophthalmic medications.
Prerequisites: MATH 105, MEDA 122, MEDA 101 (or BTEC 181); and AH 100 (or equivalent) for proof of seven-hours of education meeting RCW 70.24.270 rules for AIDS education and training for health professionals. Concurrent requirements: Current enrollment in the Medical Assisting Cohort, or Medical Assisting program director permission.
Provides student the opportunity to apply learned skills and knowledge to a practical experience. Students are assigned to clinics and doctors' offices where they rotate to different tasks, building from the simpler to the more complex, under the supervision of a facility-appointed preceptor.
Prerequisite: MEDA 145 and MEDA 165 with a grade of C or above Concurrent requirements: Enrollment in MEDA 195
Brings together students currently in preceptorships to discuss issues as they arise in the work place. Provides an opportunity to introduce advanced topics in medical assisting or healthcare, as well as job seeking. Topics will include: disaster preparedness, resume writing, and interviewing techniques.
Prerequisites: All previous MEDA courses and program requirements. Concurrent requirements: Enrollment in MEDA 190 or Medical Assisting Program director permission.
Provides information to prepare for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Includes a review of anatomy, medical terminology, psychology, ethics, and pharmacology, as well as additional topics in clinical and administrative medical assisting.
Provides work-based learning experience in a specific program of study. Individualized student outcomes are developed, focusing on behaviors that contribute to workplace success.
Prerequisites: Instructor or Cooperative Education Coordinator permission Concurrent requirements: COLL 289 or BTEC 294 or BUS 294 or IT 294 must be taken prior to or concurrent with this course.
Augments previous academic learning in medical law & ethics. Topics include Washington law for medical assistants and medical board specialties.
Prerequisites: BTEC 164 or similar
Offers individualized learning opportunities for knowledge or skill development. Content and expectations are established between the student and instructor, and documented in an Independent Study contract.
Prerequisites: By instructor permission only.