Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant – Clinical & Administrative Program is designed to give students the basic knowledge and skills necessary to work as a team member in a health care setting. Emphasis is placed on both back office clinical as well as front office administrative skills. The Clinical portion of the MA Program is designed to prepare the student to guide patients through an ambulatory setting such as a doctor's office or medical clinic beginning with obtaining vital signs and assessment, phlebotomy, exam room assistance, EKGS, administering medicines, assigning and preparing patients for procedures, and sterilizing equipment. The administrative portion of the MA Program includes the front office skills required for a smooth flow including scheduling, receiving, and discharging patients. Medical records, insurance claims, collections, purchasing and management is also emphasized. The program of study includes distance education online courses for 510 hours, classroom lab training for 160 hours, and 160 hours of hands externship.


COST excludes hot pink scrubs, closed toe shoes, and stethoscope

Tuition                                                                                                   $4550

Administration, Educational Supplies, and Technological Fees  $1100

Medical test/immunization                                                               $  180

Insurance, CPR, Criminal Background                                             $  165

Total Cost                                                                                                           $5,995

Payment Plan of $750 per month ----Autopay


Method of Delivery-- Distance Education(6 mths), Classroom(1 mth) and Externship


Requirements for distance education---

  • A computer, tablet, or phone with internet capability

  • Internet services

  • Any program with video watching capability

  • A printer, optional

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A completed application

  • Attest to criminal background check with no strong felonies

  • Interview with Director-considerations are ability to benefit, reason student wants to enter the program of choice, understanding the requirements of employment in the program of choice, ability to pass the courses, ability to pay fees or financial aide, if available

  • A copy of your high school transcript, diploma, GED, or signed attestation.

  • A copy of photo ID as proof you are least 17 years of age. If 17 years of age, provide a signed parental consent form is required.

  • Must be physically able to perform the employment skills of the program. If any pre-existing conditions restrict and/or limit your abilities, a written statement from a physician stating limitations is required. The Director will inform the student if attending the program will not lead to employment due to limitations.


Addition GRADUATION requirements

  • Hepatitis B vaccine, Negative TB test results, and Vaccination shot records

  • Program fees paid in full

  • Criminal background check with no felony convictions

If accepted, understand Mississippi law requires background checks for individuals seeking employment in a health care facility providing direct patient care that are regulated by the Mississippi Department of Health. You will be responsible for the cost and delivery of the results to Medical2 Career College.


Diploma and Job Placement

Medical Assistant student must meet all requirements to graduate and receive your diploma. To become national certified, the graduate must pass the national MA exam. The student is responsible for the exam fee and transportation to/from testing center. M2CC will be working with employers to place as many graduates as possible. The MA graduates will be eligible for clinical or clerical entry level medical assistant position in the medical field. M2CC does not guarantee employment for any students.


Courses for Medical Assistant Program – TOTAL 830 HOURS


Medical 2 Inc is licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, Certificate No. C675.


CAREER - Career Development and Life Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  • Implement strategies to assist with test-taking

  • Understand the history of medicine

  • List the types of medical healthcare facilities

  • Describe the types of facility staff members

  • Apply the importance of professionalism and listening skills

  • Perform the essential requirements for employment, such as resume writing, effective interviewing, dressing professionally, time management, and following up appropriately

  • Exercise life skills of conduct, appearance, and professionalism, not only to obtain employment but to also retain employment

  • Explain what continuing education is and how it is acquired

  • Describe current employment outlook for the medical assistants

  • Compare allied health professions with their relation to medical assisting

  • Understand the medical assistant requirements for credentialing, the process and importance to obtain the credentials

MED OFFICE----Medical Office Procedures

Prerequisite---CAREER DEV

Graduates will be able to:

  • Describe how a computer works, networking systems, and how the computer has helped streamline medical offices

  • Demonstrate the correct telephone techniques

  • Schedule appointments

  • Exercise professional verbal communication skills with patients during greeting, admitting, and discharging patients, including patients with abnormal behavior patterns, cultural differences, or terminal illnesses

  • Maintain proper inventory of supplies and asset list of equipment

  • Become a Team player to attain optimal patient health outcomes

  • Use professional written communication with patients

  • Explain the importance of Administration finance records

  • Control issues, conflicts, and communication between staff members for a smooth work environment

  • Understand the supervision duties and human resource management

  • Deal with customer service issues

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice; deliberately working together with the common goal of building a safer and better patient-centered healthcare system

  • Exhibit compliance with HIPAA guidelines, the ADA Amendments Act, and the Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act, Code of Ethics, local, state, and federal regulations related to the medical field

EMR TERM---- Medical Records and Terminology

Prerequisite---MED OFFICE

Graduates will be able to:

  • Navigate electronic health records systems and practice management software

  • Preform basic computer skills

  • Schedule appointment and process new patient’s forms

  • Admit patient when arriving

  • Process patient’s personal information into a chart

  • Prepare Certificate to Return to Work, appointment reminders, Medical Records Release Form, Incident Report, Referral Form, and Prior Authorization Request Form

  • Complete Office Inventory Form

  • Update Patient Demographics and Complete Advance Directive

  • Send missed appointment email

  • Understand the basic medical terminology

  • Build and dissect medical terminology from roots and suffixes to understand the word element combinations

BILLCODE---- Medical Billing and Coding

Prerequisite---EMR TERM

Graduates will be able to:

  • Implement basic concepts for Billing and Coding

  • Perform billing and collections procedures

  • Use basic procedural and diagnostic ICD-10 codes

  • Process insurance claims in an ambulatory setting

  • Explain association with the insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid

  • Check for all correct documentation before submitting claim

  • Submit the claim

  • Post payments from patient and insurance company along with adjustments

  • Submit Insurance Claim tracer

  • Prepare customer statements

  • Document process reports

  • Create bank deposit

  • Generate phone messages and Physical Activity Report

  • Process documents for lab results

  • Assist the patient in navigating issues and concerns that may arise (i.e., insurance policy information, medical bills, and physician/provider orders)

MA INTRO ---Intro to MA Profession

Prerequisite---BILL CODE

Graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss laws that effect the medical profession and how these law apply to medical assistants

  • Explain medical ethics and applying it to every day activities of the medical assistant in an ambulatory setting in all 4 areas of the field-administration, clerical, clinical, and diagnostics

  • Establish correct procedures to follow documentation guidelines and release of information guidelines

  • Follow established policies when initiating or terminating medical treatment

  • Distinguish between employer and personal liability coverage

  • Confirm knowledge of laws concerning risk management procedures

  • Display compliance with the Code of Ethics for medical professionals

  • Outline what skills and general responsibilities are for medical assistants

AP---Anatomy and Physiology

No Prerequisite

Graduates will be able to:

  • List all body systems and their structures and functions

  • Address care during the developmental stages of life

  • Discuss common diseases, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments

  • Identify and educate patients on the importance of proper nutrition and diet for different age groups and medical conditions

  • Articulate the correct medical terminology related to anatomy, diseases, nutrition, and symptoms

  • Express the use of medical abbreviations

CLINICAL---- Basic Clinical Procedures

Prerequisite---AP and MA INTRO

Graduates will be able to:

  • Perform vital signs

  • Perform patient assessment and obtain patient history during triage

  • Assist with primary patient’s examination

  • Understand and discuss the medications a patient is already taking

  • Identify drug classification, usual dose, side effects, and contraindications of the top most commonly used medications

  • Recognize environmental influences, cultural influences, or effects of heritage on patient’s behavior and medical conditions

  • Accurately convert and execute the proper amount of medication administration

  • Perform procedures for ordering or refilling medications

  • Confirm knowledge of pharmacy protocols

  • Adapt care to address the developmental stages of life

  • Provide support for terminally ill patients using empathy when communicating, identify the stages of terminal illnesses and list organizations and support groups that can assist patients and family members of patients experiencing terminal illnesses

  • Properly utilize the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR), drug handbooks, and other drug references to identify a drug’s classification, usual dosage, usual side effects, and contraindications

  • Identify community resources and Complementary and Alternative Medicine practices (CAM)

ASST SPEC---- Assisting in Specialties

Prerequisite---CLINICAL

Graduates will be able to:

  • List and discuss medical specialized fields

  • Assist in Dermatology

  • Assist in Gastroenterology

  • Assist in OBGYN

  • Assist in Pediatrics & Geriatric

  • Assist in Urology and Male Reproduction

  • Assist in Orthopedic

  • Assist Endocrinology

  • Assist in Pulmonary & Cardiology

  • Assist in Neurology

  • Assist in Ophthalmology and Otolayngology

  • Teach self-examination, disease management and health promotion

  • Apply medical terminology for specialties

LAB DIAGNC---- Diagnostic Procedures

Prerequisite---ASST SPEC

Graduates will be able to:

  • Perform blood draws

  • Perform proper usage of laboratory equipment

  • Perform electrocardiogram

  • Perform urinalysis

  • Perform throat cultures

  • Perform hematology testing

  • Perform immunology testing

  • Perform kit testing, microbiology, and immunology testing

  • Convey knowledge of imaging

  • Collect, label, and process specimens correctly

  • Instruct patients in the proper collection procedures of clean-catch mid-stream urine specimen, fecal specimen, and sputum specimen

  • Perform risk management procedures

  • Practice standard precautions and perform disinfection/ sterilization techniques

  • Prepare and administer oral and parenteral medications and monitor intravenous (IV) infusions

  • Dispose of bio-hazardous materials

  • Practice quality control

SURG EMER---- Assisting with Office Emergencies and Surgical Procedures

Prerequisite---LAB DIAGNC 

Graduates will be able to:

  • Prepare the patient, examination room, and equipment for minor surgical procedures in an ambulatory setting

  • Assist the physician with minor surgical procedures in an ambulatory setting

  • Perform safety and infection control procedures

  • Perform the proper sterilization techniques

  • Recognize and act upon medical office emergencies

EXTERNMA---- Externship

Prerequisite---SURG EMER

Graduates will ready to:

  • Apply, interview, and obtain employment as a medical assistant in an ambulatory setting

  • Work as a medical assistant in a clerical or clinical position an ambulatory setting

  • Apply for national certification testing


Employment Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the skills the graduate will receive, the medical assistant graduate may be prepared to meet the requirements for various
occupational titles, including:
• Medical assistant (MA)
• Certified medical assistant (CMA)
• Registered medical assistant (RMA)
• Administrative medical assistant
• Clinical medical assistant
• Chiropractor assistant or technician
• Podiatric medical assistant
• Medical records technician
• Medical insurance coding specialist or coder
• Medical secretary or executive assistant
• Medical reception or receptionist
• Physician’s assistant
• Medical office assistant
• Electrocardiography technician
• Phlebotomist


Employment Outlook

According to the Department of Labor statistics Quick Facts:

The job outlook is much faster than average for all occupations. Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.


Since MA is a national certification, we looked at the national employment numbers. The number of jobs in 2014 was 591,300 is the United States. Medical Assistants in the Tupelo area has used at the hospital, OBGYN offices, Dermatologist, Acute or Urgent Care facilities, Cardiology, Rural Clinics, and more.


Average Salary

According to the Department of Labor statistics Quick Facts: Medical Assistants 2015,

Median Pay is $30,590 per year, Entry level $14.71 per hour

Salaries typically start from $20,390 and go up to$38,280.

According to allhealthcare.monster.com, Mississippi is in the bottom 10 states with Medical Assistant wages at an average of $14.30.




Start date 2016-06-19
Cost $5995