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School of Health Services

The U.S. health care system is changing rapidly, and you can stay ahead of the curve by completing a health services program at Helms College. Employment in the medical field is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the industry continues to expand and diversify. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “The healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to create about 28 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy by 2020. This industry—which includes public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services—is expected to grow by 33 percent, or 5.7 million new jobs.”

Helms College’s School of Health Services trains students for this exciting field. You can select from three different career paths within the health services areas:

MSAA

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Multi-Skilled Medical Assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024—much faster than average for all occupations—due to increased demand for preventive medical services and the growth of an aging population.

The Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program is a specialized educational program that focuses on a variety of clinical procedures as well as administrative duties. Students in the Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program at Helms College receive the training needed to complete vital administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other health-care facilities.

Upon completion of the Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program, students will have entry-level skills to serve as medical assistants. They also have the ability to gain specialized certification for positions in a variety of health-care facilities.
The Helms College Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program helps students develop the skills needed to:

• Prepare patients for examinations.
• Obtain vital signs.
• Assist with first aid.
• Collect and prepare specimens.
• Perform EKGs.
• Greet patients.
• Take medical histories.
• Answer phones.
• Schedule appointments.
• Prepare bills.
• Provide basic bookkeeping.
• Complete insurance forms.
• Understand electronic health recordkeeping.

Helms College Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in physicians’ offices, behavioral health facilities, physical therapy clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, optometrists’ offices, and others.

Plan of Study:

Course Code Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
AHS 103 Health Care Fundamentals 55 4
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 33 3
AHS 101 Anatomy & Physiology 66 6
COM 101 Introduction to Computers 44 3
AHS 104 Pharmacology 55 5
MAS 100 Basic Medical Assisting 77 6
MAS 101 Disease Process 33 3
MAS 102 Phlebotomy 44 3
MAS 103 Medical Insurance Management 44 4
MAS 104 Electronic Health Record 55 4
MAS 105 Advanced Medical Assisting 77 6
MAS 106 Clinical I 33 1
MAS 107 Administrative Procedures 44 3
CRF 100 Career Fundamentals 33 3
MAS 108 Externship 132 4
Totals 891 Hours 60 Hours
Medical Administrative AssistantMedical Administrative Assistants assist with the overall operation of a medical office or in a hospital setting through a variety of administrative duties. Job opportunities for Medical Administrative Assistants are predicted to be high, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with demand expected to increase through 2022.

The Helms College Medical Administrative Assistant program provides learning opportunities that introduce and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and professional development to best prepare students for a career. With a focus on medical coding and billing, the Medical Administrative Assistant program paves the way for students to obtain certification and further secure career opportunities.

The Medical Administrative Assistant program gives students the knowledge and skills to perform the following tasks:

• Take patient medical histories.
• Establish and maintain patient charts.
• Answer phones.
• Schedule appointments.
• Prepare bills.
• Perform basic bookkeeping.
• Complete insurance forms.
• Access electronic health records.
• Perform medical coding and billing.

Plan of Study:

Course Code Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
AHS 103 Health Care Fundamentals 55 4
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 33 3
AHS 101 Anatomy & Physiology 66 6
COM 101 Introduction to Computers 44 3
MAS 107 Administrative Procedures 44 3
MAS 104 Electronic Health Record 55 4
MAA 101 Medical Coding & Billing I 88 7
MAA 102 Medical Coding & Billing II 66 5
CRF 100 Career Fundamentals 33 3
PCT 105 Externship 132 4
Totals 616 Hours 42 Hours
Patient Care TechnicianWith patient care jobs projected to increase through 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), the Patient Care Technician is in high demand. The Patient Care Technician is actively involved in the health care of patients in a variety of settings. The Helms College Patient Care Technician program builds upon basic nurse aid skills and trains students to perform nursing assistant duties, obtain vital signs, collect and prepare specimens, and perform EKGs, phlebotomy, and other laboratory procedures.

Helms College graduates of the Patient Care Technician program are prepared for entry- level employment in:

• Physician and dental offices
• Skilled nursing facilities
• Behavioral health facilities
• Community health centers
• Medical insurance companies
• Public health departments
• Hospitals
• Long-term care facilities
• Laboratory departments

Plan of Study:

Course Code Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
AHS 103 Health Care Fundamentals 55 4
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 33 3
AHS 101 Anatomy & Physiology 66 6
COM 101 Introduction to Computers 44 3
MAS 102 Phlebotomy 44 3
PCT 101 Clinical Procedures 55 4
PCT 102 Basic Electrocardiogram 44 3.5
PCT 103 Basic Nutrition 44 4
CNA 100 Fundamentals of Nursing 93.5 6
CRF 100 Career Fundamentals 33 3
PCT 105 Externship 132 4
Totals 643.5 Hours 43.5 Hours
AHS 103: Health Care Fundamentals
4.0 Credits
55 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/22 Lab) Prerequisite: None
This course introduces the fundamental principles of healthcare, practices, and issues common to many specializations in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various healthcare systems and related issues. Topics include: HIPPA, medical ethics, PPE, basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control, and blood/airborne pathogens.

AHS 102: Medical Terminology
3.0 Credits
33 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/0 Lab) Prerequisite: None

The course provides a basis for medical terminology, word building, and pronunciation. The course introduces the history of medical language and the origin of the combined words. Topics include root words, prefixes, suffixes, the human body, membranes, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, blood system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system. Upon completion of this course the students will have an understanding of medical terminology and be able to use the terminology in a clinical environment.

AHS 101: Anatomy and Physiology
6.0 Credits
66 Clock Hours (66 Lecture/0 Lab) Prerequisite: None

This course provides a basic study of the normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include body organization, homeostasis, chemistry and cytology, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, digestive system, respiratory system, urinary system, and reproductive system. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

AHS 104: Pharmacology
5.0 Credits
55 Clock Hours (55 Lecture/0 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

An introductory course in pharmacology designed to provide students with a basic understanding of medical therapy. Topics include basic pharmacology including drug nomenclature, federal law and regulating agencies, dosage forms and calculations, administrative routes, medical classification, drug actions, body response, medical errors and prevention, and special populations.

COM 101: Introduction to Computers
3.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (22 Lecture/22 Lab) Prerequisite: None

An introductory course in computers designed to provide students with hands-on experience with the personal computer and its applications. Students will learn fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software. Applications introduced will include word-processing, spreadsheets, databases and PowerPoint. Students will also investigate Internet-based applications, exploring email and learning how to browse the web.

MAA 101 Medical Coding & Billing I
7.0 Credits
88 Clock Hours (66 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

This course provides an introduction to medical billing and coding skills with application of international coding standards for billing of health care services. Topics include international classification of disease, medical record coding formats, managed care, ICD 10, H CPCS and ethics in coding including fraud and abuse. Students will also review competencies and preparations for the certification exam.

MAA 102 Medical Coding & Billing II
5.0 Credits
66 Clock Hours (44 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, MAA 101

This course continues development of skills and knowledge in medical billing and coding. This course covers the Physician’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Manual, third-party reimbursement, as well as CPC prep and review. Topics include coding techniques, coding linkage and compliance, format of CPT manual, and CPC exam prep and review.

MAA 103: Clinical Externship
4.0 Credits
132 Clock Hours (132 Externship)
Prerequisite: All didactic courses must be completed

This course is designed to give students experiential learning in the professional environment. The student will apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the classroom at an off-campus site. Upon completion, the student will have hands on understanding of the career in a realistic setting.

MAS 100: Basic Medical Assisting Skills
6.0 Credits
77 Clock Hours (55 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

This course includes a survey of medical assisting occupations and their education and certification requirements. The course is designed to furnish the student with theory and practical applications of medical assisting basics including infection control, taking a temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. Students also assist with medical specialties, visual and auditory acuity, examinations of the eye and ear, physical exams, and specimen collection.

MAS 101: Disease Process
3.0 Credits
33 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/0 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

This course examines the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function and resulting human response. Students will understand common pathophysiological changes, including how pathological processes are manifested, progress in the body, and primary and secondary effects. This course focuses on pathological factors that influence the disease process.

MAS 102: Phlebotomy
3.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (22 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

The course is an introduction to venous and micro blood collection equipment and techniques. Topics include infectious control and safety in the workplace, venipuncture collection equipment and supplies, skin puncture collection procedures, specimen handling, basic laboratory tests, quality assurance, communication skills and professionalism. Competency required in the performance of venous and micro blood collection.

MAS 103: Medical Insurance Management
4.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (44 Lecture/0 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, COM 101, MAS 100
This course provides an introduction to medical office procedures related to economics, management skills, and medical billing and coding. Topics include administrative equipment and supplies, liability coverage, basic medical economies, and introductory medical billing and coding. Upon completion, student should be able to perform basic administrative skills and understanding of medical billing and coding within the medical office.

MAS 104: Electronic Health Record
4.0 Credits
55 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, COM 101
The course introduces students to the use of computers and the internet in utilizing, creating and updated an electronic medical record. This course covers key topics of the Electronic Health Record as it relates to practice management, HER billing processes, data input and output, order entry, physician office applications and regulatory guidelines. Upon completion, students will have a basic understanding of the Electronic Health Record and its function in the physician’s office and other medical settings.

MAS 105: Advanced Medical Assisting
6.0 Credits
77 Clock Hours (55 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, MAS 100, COM 101, MAS 102
This course further enhances the students’ knowledge of more complex procedures in a physician’s office. Topics include assisting with exams and treatment, patient education, preparation and administration of medications, EKG, medical emergencies, principles of radiology safety, and respiratory evaluations.

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MAS 106: Clinical I
1.0 Credits
33 Clock Hours (33 Clinical)
This course provides an early opportunity to observe and perform basic assisting duties in the medical setting. Emphasis is placed on patient interaction, performing vital signs, observing exam room procedures, and front office procedures.

MAS 107: Administrative Procedures
3.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (22 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, COM 101, MAS 100
This course reinforces the touch system of keyboarding placing emphasis on correct techniques with adequate speed and accuracy and producing properly formatted business documents, phone etiquette, and workplace diversity. Areas of focus will include reinforcing correct keyboarding techniques, building speed and accuracy, formatting business documents, language arts, proofreading, medical office administrative duties, and introduction to medical office management.

MAS 108: Externship
6.0 Credits
198 Clock Hours (198 Externship)
This course is designed to give students experiential learning in the professional environment. The student will apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the classroom at an off-campus site. Upon completion, the student will have hands on understanding of the career in a realistic setting.

PCT 101: Clinical Procedures
4.0 Credits
55 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103
This course provides instruction in special collection and clinical procedures. It is designed to give students the skills necessary to provide assistive patient care and collect various specimens. Additionally, this course provides an overview of workplace legalities and an introduction to the medical record. Topics include specimen collection, ostomy care, OSHA standards, federal workplace laws, electronic health record, patient’s chart and documentation.

PCT 102: Basic Electrocardiogram
3.5 Credits
44 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/11 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102
This course provides instruction in operating and troubleshooting an EKG unit, placing leads utilizing 12 lead EKG, using and understanding of EKG grid paper, recognizing normal and abnormal EKG patterns in all 12 leads and plotting EKG axis. Additionally, students will practice with equipment and perform hands-on labs including: introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement.

PCT 103: Basic Nutrition
4.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (44 Lecture/0 Lab) Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic food groups, nutrients, their functions, and the use of therapeutic diets. Emphasis is placed on standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout life span, and client education.

CNA 100: Fundamentals of Nursing
6.0 Credits
93.5 Clock Hours (38.5 Lecture/31 Lab/24 Clinical) Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103
This course is approved by Georgia Medical Care Foundation and provides all didactic and skills training to prepare the student for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam. Many employers require Patient Care Technicians to possess the CNA certification as a condition of employment.Topics include resident safety, infection control, body mechanics, bed making, and assisting residents with activities of daily living.

PCT 105: Clinical Externship
4.0 Credits
132 Clock Hours (132 Externship)
Prerequisite: All didactic courses must be completed
This course is designed to give students experiential learning in the professional environment. The student will apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the classroom at an off-campus site. Upon completion, the student will have hands on understanding of the career in a realistic setting.

CRF 100: Career Fundamentals
3.0 Credits
33 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/0 Lab)
Prerequisite: This course is taken in the last quarter of the program
This course prepares students to enter the workplace and preparation for certification exam. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, diversity in the workplace, resume writing techniques, interview techniques, and the soft skills necessary to be successful in a career. This course also reviews all aspects of PCT duties in preparation for certification exam.

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School of Health Services

The U.S. health care system is changing rapidly, and you can stay ahead of the curve by completing a health services program at Helms College. Employment in the medical field is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the industry continues to expand and diversify. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “The healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to create about 28 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy by 2020. This industry—which includes public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services—is expected to grow by 33 percent, or 5.7 million new jobs.”

Helms College’s School of Health Services trains students for this exciting field. You can select from three different career paths within the health services areas:

MSAA

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Multi-Skilled Medical Assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024—much faster than average for all occupations—due to increased demand for preventive medical services and the growth of an aging population.

The Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program is a specialized educational program that focuses on a variety of clinical procedures as well as administrative duties. Students in the Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program at Helms College receive the training needed to complete vital administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other health-care facilities.

Upon completion of the Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program, students will have entry-level skills to serve as medical assistants. They also have the ability to gain specialized certification for positions in a variety of health-care facilities.
The Helms College Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program helps students develop the skills needed to:

• Prepare patients for examinations.
• Obtain vital signs.
• Assist with first aid.
• Collect and prepare specimens.
• Perform EKGs.
• Greet patients.
• Take medical histories.
• Answer phones.
• Schedule appointments.
• Prepare bills.
• Provide basic bookkeeping.
• Complete insurance forms.
• Understand electronic health recordkeeping.

Helms College Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in physicians’ offices, behavioral health facilities, physical therapy clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, optometrists’ offices, and others.

Plan of Study:

Course Code Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
AHS 103 Health Care Fundamentals 55 4
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 33 3
AHS 101 Anatomy & Physiology 66 6
COM 101 Introduction to Computers 44 3
AHS 104 Pharmacology 55 5
MAS 100 Basic Medical Assisting 77 6
MAS 101 Disease Process 33 3
MAS 102 Phlebotomy 44 3
MAS 103 Medical Insurance Management 44 4
MAS 104 Electronic Health Record 55 4
MAS 105 Advanced Medical Assisting 77 6
MAS 106 Clinical I 33 1
MAS 107 Administrative Procedures 44 3
CRF 100 Career Fundamentals 33 3
MAS 108 Externship 132 4
Totals 891 Hours 60 Hours
Medical Administrative AssistantMedical Administrative Assistants assist with the overall operation of a medical office or in a hospital setting through a variety of administrative duties. Job opportunities for Medical Administrative Assistants are predicted to be high, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with demand expected to increase through 2022.

The Helms College Medical Administrative Assistant program provides learning opportunities that introduce and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and professional development to best prepare students for a career. With a focus on medical coding and billing, the Medical Administrative Assistant program paves the way for students to obtain certification and further secure career opportunities.

The Medical Administrative Assistant program gives students the knowledge and skills to perform the following tasks:

• Take patient medical histories.
• Establish and maintain patient charts.
• Answer phones.
• Schedule appointments.
• Prepare bills.
• Perform basic bookkeeping.
• Complete insurance forms.
• Access electronic health records.
• Perform medical coding and billing.

Plan of Study:

Course Code Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
AHS 103 Health Care Fundamentals 55 4
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 33 3
AHS 101 Anatomy & Physiology 66 6
COM 101 Introduction to Computers 44 3
MAS 107 Administrative Procedures 44 3
MAS 104 Electronic Health Record 55 4
MAA 101 Medical Coding & Billing I 88 7
MAA 102 Medical Coding & Billing II 66 5
CRF 100 Career Fundamentals 33 3
PCT 105 Externship 132 4
Totals 616 Hours 42 Hours
Patient Care TechnicianWith patient care jobs projected to increase through 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), the Patient Care Technician is in high demand. The Patient Care Technician is actively involved in the health care of patients in a variety of settings. The Helms College Patient Care Technician program builds upon basic nurse aid skills and trains students to perform nursing assistant duties, obtain vital signs, collect and prepare specimens, and perform EKGs, phlebotomy, and other laboratory procedures.

Helms College graduates of the Patient Care Technician program are prepared for entry- level employment in:

• Physician and dental offices
• Skilled nursing facilities
• Behavioral health facilities
• Community health centers
• Medical insurance companies
• Public health departments
• Hospitals
• Long-term care facilities
• Laboratory departments

Plan of Study:

Course Code Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
AHS 103 Health Care Fundamentals 55 4
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 33 3
AHS 101 Anatomy & Physiology 66 6
COM 101 Introduction to Computers 44 3
MAS 102 Phlebotomy 44 3
PCT 101 Clinical Procedures 55 4
PCT 102 Basic Electrocardiogram 44 3.5
PCT 103 Basic Nutrition 44 4
CNA 100 Fundamentals of Nursing 93.5 6
CRF 100 Career Fundamentals 33 3
PCT 105 Externship 132 4
Totals 643.5 Hours 43.5 Hours
AHS 103: Health Care Fundamentals
4.0 Credits
55 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/22 Lab) Prerequisite: None
This course introduces the fundamental principles of healthcare, practices, and issues common to many specializations in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various healthcare systems and related issues. Topics include: HIPPA, medical ethics, PPE, basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control, and blood/airborne pathogens.

AHS 102: Medical Terminology
3.0 Credits
33 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/0 Lab) Prerequisite: None

The course provides a basis for medical terminology, word building, and pronunciation. The course introduces the history of medical language and the origin of the combined words. Topics include root words, prefixes, suffixes, the human body, membranes, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, blood system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system. Upon completion of this course the students will have an understanding of medical terminology and be able to use the terminology in a clinical environment.

AHS 101: Anatomy and Physiology
6.0 Credits
66 Clock Hours (66 Lecture/0 Lab) Prerequisite: None

This course provides a basic study of the normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include body organization, homeostasis, chemistry and cytology, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, digestive system, respiratory system, urinary system, and reproductive system. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

AHS 104: Pharmacology
5.0 Credits
55 Clock Hours (55 Lecture/0 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

An introductory course in pharmacology designed to provide students with a basic understanding of medical therapy. Topics include basic pharmacology including drug nomenclature, federal law and regulating agencies, dosage forms and calculations, administrative routes, medical classification, drug actions, body response, medical errors and prevention, and special populations.

COM 101: Introduction to Computers
3.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (22 Lecture/22 Lab) Prerequisite: None

An introductory course in computers designed to provide students with hands-on experience with the personal computer and its applications. Students will learn fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software. Applications introduced will include word-processing, spreadsheets, databases and PowerPoint. Students will also investigate Internet-based applications, exploring email and learning how to browse the web.

MAA 101 Medical Coding & Billing I
7.0 Credits
88 Clock Hours (66 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

This course provides an introduction to medical billing and coding skills with application of international coding standards for billing of health care services. Topics include international classification of disease, medical record coding formats, managed care, ICD 10, H CPCS and ethics in coding including fraud and abuse. Students will also review competencies and preparations for the certification exam.

MAA 102 Medical Coding & Billing II
5.0 Credits
66 Clock Hours (44 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, MAA 101

This course continues development of skills and knowledge in medical billing and coding. This course covers the Physician’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Manual, third-party reimbursement, as well as CPC prep and review. Topics include coding techniques, coding linkage and compliance, format of CPT manual, and CPC exam prep and review.

MAA 103: Clinical Externship
4.0 Credits
132 Clock Hours (132 Externship)
Prerequisite: All didactic courses must be completed

This course is designed to give students experiential learning in the professional environment. The student will apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the classroom at an off-campus site. Upon completion, the student will have hands on understanding of the career in a realistic setting.

MAS 100: Basic Medical Assisting Skills
6.0 Credits
77 Clock Hours (55 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

This course includes a survey of medical assisting occupations and their education and certification requirements. The course is designed to furnish the student with theory and practical applications of medical assisting basics including infection control, taking a temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. Students also assist with medical specialties, visual and auditory acuity, examinations of the eye and ear, physical exams, and specimen collection.

MAS 101: Disease Process
3.0 Credits
33 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/0 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

This course examines the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function and resulting human response. Students will understand common pathophysiological changes, including how pathological processes are manifested, progress in the body, and primary and secondary effects. This course focuses on pathological factors that influence the disease process.

MAS 102: Phlebotomy
3.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (22 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103

The course is an introduction to venous and micro blood collection equipment and techniques. Topics include infectious control and safety in the workplace, venipuncture collection equipment and supplies, skin puncture collection procedures, specimen handling, basic laboratory tests, quality assurance, communication skills and professionalism. Competency required in the performance of venous and micro blood collection.

MAS 103: Medical Insurance Management
4.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (44 Lecture/0 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, COM 101, MAS 100
This course provides an introduction to medical office procedures related to economics, management skills, and medical billing and coding. Topics include administrative equipment and supplies, liability coverage, basic medical economies, and introductory medical billing and coding. Upon completion, student should be able to perform basic administrative skills and understanding of medical billing and coding within the medical office.

MAS 104: Electronic Health Record
4.0 Credits
55 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, COM 101
The course introduces students to the use of computers and the internet in utilizing, creating and updated an electronic medical record. This course covers key topics of the Electronic Health Record as it relates to practice management, HER billing processes, data input and output, order entry, physician office applications and regulatory guidelines. Upon completion, students will have a basic understanding of the Electronic Health Record and its function in the physician’s office and other medical settings.

MAS 105: Advanced Medical Assisting
6.0 Credits
77 Clock Hours (55 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, MAS 100, COM 101, MAS 102
This course further enhances the students’ knowledge of more complex procedures in a physician’s office. Topics include assisting with exams and treatment, patient education, preparation and administration of medications, EKG, medical emergencies, principles of radiology safety, and respiratory evaluations.

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MAS 106: Clinical I
1.0 Credits
33 Clock Hours (33 Clinical)
This course provides an early opportunity to observe and perform basic assisting duties in the medical setting. Emphasis is placed on patient interaction, performing vital signs, observing exam room procedures, and front office procedures.

MAS 107: Administrative Procedures
3.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (22 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103, COM 101, MAS 100
This course reinforces the touch system of keyboarding placing emphasis on correct techniques with adequate speed and accuracy and producing properly formatted business documents, phone etiquette, and workplace diversity. Areas of focus will include reinforcing correct keyboarding techniques, building speed and accuracy, formatting business documents, language arts, proofreading, medical office administrative duties, and introduction to medical office management.

MAS 108: Externship
6.0 Credits
198 Clock Hours (198 Externship)
This course is designed to give students experiential learning in the professional environment. The student will apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the classroom at an off-campus site. Upon completion, the student will have hands on understanding of the career in a realistic setting.

PCT 101: Clinical Procedures
4.0 Credits
55 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/22 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103
This course provides instruction in special collection and clinical procedures. It is designed to give students the skills necessary to provide assistive patient care and collect various specimens. Additionally, this course provides an overview of workplace legalities and an introduction to the medical record. Topics include specimen collection, ostomy care, OSHA standards, federal workplace laws, electronic health record, patient’s chart and documentation.

PCT 102: Basic Electrocardiogram
3.5 Credits
44 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/11 Lab)
Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102
This course provides instruction in operating and troubleshooting an EKG unit, placing leads utilizing 12 lead EKG, using and understanding of EKG grid paper, recognizing normal and abnormal EKG patterns in all 12 leads and plotting EKG axis. Additionally, students will practice with equipment and perform hands-on labs including: introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement.

PCT 103: Basic Nutrition
4.0 Credits
44 Clock Hours (44 Lecture/0 Lab) Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic food groups, nutrients, their functions, and the use of therapeutic diets. Emphasis is placed on standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout life span, and client education.

CNA 100: Fundamentals of Nursing
6.0 Credits
93.5 Clock Hours (38.5 Lecture/31 Lab/24 Clinical) Prerequisite: AHS 101, AHS 102, AHS 103
This course is approved by Georgia Medical Care Foundation and provides all didactic and skills training to prepare the student for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam. Many employers require Patient Care Technicians to possess the CNA certification as a condition of employment.Topics include resident safety, infection control, body mechanics, bed making, and assisting residents with activities of daily living.

PCT 105: Clinical Externship
4.0 Credits
132 Clock Hours (132 Externship)
Prerequisite: All didactic courses must be completed
This course is designed to give students experiential learning in the professional environment. The student will apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the classroom at an off-campus site. Upon completion, the student will have hands on understanding of the career in a realistic setting.

CRF 100: Career Fundamentals
3.0 Credits
33 Clock Hours (33 Lecture/0 Lab)
Prerequisite: This course is taken in the last quarter of the program
This course prepares students to enter the workplace and preparation for certification exam. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, diversity in the workplace, resume writing techniques, interview techniques, and the soft skills necessary to be successful in a career. This course also reviews all aspects of PCT duties in preparation for certification exam.

Health Care was last modified: June 26th, 2017 by banglea