Medical Assisting C.A.

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Medical Assisting C.A.

Department: Medical Assisting and Medical Coding

Total Credit Hours: 34 credits

What Is Medical Assisting C.A.?

The medical field is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. As more doctors open new offices or join established practices the need for well-trained assistants increases. Medical assistants are trusted with huge responsibilities, both administrative and clinical. A day’s work may have you scheduling appointments, preparing patients for examination, recording vital signs, arranging hospital admissions, handling laboratory specimens, sterilizing instruments, calling in prescriptions, drawing blood, filing insurance, removing sutures, taking electrocardiograms, and more. Certificate programs prepare you for entry-level employment.

Occupational Outlook

29%
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the medical assisting field earn a median annual wage of $32,480.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (3 credits) 
Communication ENG 101  English Composition I 3
Core Course Requirements (31 credits)
  HIM 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health 5
HIM 141  Pathophysiology 3
MDA 115 Pharmacology & Admin. of Meds # 2
MDA 116 Pharmacology & Admin. of Meds Clinical # 1
MDA 120 Administrative Procedures # 3
MDA 121 Medical Specialities # 2
MDA 122 Medical Specialities Lab # 1
MDA 140 Procedures in a Clinical Setting # 2
MDA 141 Procedures in a Clinical Setting Clinical # 1
HIM 238 Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues 3
MDA 150 Professional Capstone (8wk)# 1
MDA 151 Clinical Externship(8wk)# 4
Total Required Hours: 34 credits

(#) Program requirement prior to any MDA course work- Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
Program Pre-Requisites
BLS Certification
ENG 101  English Composition I  3
First Semester (14 credits)
MDA 120 Administrative Procedures # 3
MDA 115 Pharmacology & Admin. of Meds # 2
MDA 116 Pharmacology & Admin. of Meds Clinical # 1
HIM 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health 5
Second Semester (12 credits)
HIM 141 Pathophysiology 3
MDA 121 Medical Specialities # 2
MDA 122 Medical Specialities Clinical # 1
MDA 140 Procedures in a Clinical Setting # 2
MDA 141 Procedures in a Clinical Setting Clinical # 1
HIM 238 Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues 3
Third Semester (5 credits)
MDA 150 Professional Capstone (8 wks)# 1
MDA 151 Clinical Externship (8 wks)# 4
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 34 credits

# Program Requirement:  Students must obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification prior to any MDA coursework. 

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Contact Information

Debby Schultze,
Program Chair
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