The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (727.210.2350) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Read Why is Our CAAHEP Accreditation Important?.
Medical Assisting continues to be one of the fastest growing occupations. Job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly those with certification. Check out this information on a medical assisting career.
910 hours • Diploma program
Day (7½ months) and evening (15 months) classes
Hunter Business School’s allied health division offers a comprehensive CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accredited Medical Assistant program that trains students to perform both administrative and clinical tasks under the direction of a physician or other medical professionals.
The program prepares competent, entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains required for professional practice. As a critical link between the patient and the doctor, medical assistants serve in many capacities, including:
- Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
- Clinical assistant
- Doctor’s assistant
- Medical Assistant (MA)
- Medical office assistant
These may be found working in many different health care related environments. During this course of study, Medical Assistant students learn to perform venipuncture (draw blood), prepare patients for examinations, assist with exams and special procedures, perform electrocardiography (EKGs), and carry out various laboratory tests.
Students spend 160 hours in externship in an actual medical work environment where they are supervised and taught in order to gain valuable on-the-job training.
Job Titles for Graduates of the Medical Assistant Program
The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this program prepares students and requires the use of the skills learned as a predominant component of the job.
|Certified Medical Assistant||Medical Assistant||Optometric Technician|
|Chiropractor Assistant||Medical Office Assistant||Registered Medical Assistant|
|Clinical Assistant||Ophthalmic Technician|
|Doctor’s Assistant||Optometric Assistant|
Following are the outcomes of the Medical Assistant program for the period 2012-2014. The minimum standards come from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field.
|Category||Minimum Standard||Hunter Outcome|
Asepsis and Assisting with Minor Surgery
MA101A (27 hours)
MA101A introduces medical asepsis and techniques used to control and reduce the spread of pathogenic microorganisms. During this course, students learn how to assist a physician with minor surgery and are taught surgical asepsis (sterile techniques). Use of an autoclave, an apparatus that sterilizes instruments, is presented. Class discussion is on a variety of minor surgical procedures and the medical assistant’s role in assisting the physician with surgical preparation of the patient, instrument setup, and patient recovery. Prerequisite: None
MA101B (33 hours)
This course introduces the student to pharmacology. It continues with methods of administration of medications. Mathematical computations of pharmaceutical measurements and calculations are also introduced. Students discuss a variety of medications and their common usage. Prerequisite: None
Communication and Human Relations
MA102 (60 hours)
This course gives students an introduction to patient relations in the medical office. Medical law and ethics are discussed. Communication skills are emphasized while students learn to interact with physicians, other allied health professionals, and patients. Students learn proper telephone techniques and how to schedule appointments. Prerequisite: None
Urinalysis, Microbiology, Emergencies, Diagnostic Tests, and Rehabilitation
MA201 (60 hours)
Students are introduced to safety in the laboratory, called universal precautions, where emphasis is placed on the general rules of protection by following OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards and guidelines. Students discuss the anatomy and physiology of the urinary system and are introduced to that area of a laboratory used for urinalysis. They learn the techniques and procedures of collection, handling, and testing of urine specimens, including preparation for microscopic examination.
In addition, students study microorganisms and their relationship to illness and study the basic supplies and equipment used in microbiology. The course continues with lessons in how to assist a physician with rehabilitation, diagnostic tests, and emergency medical procedures. Prerequisite: None
Keyboarding with Microsoft Word
MA202 (60 hours)
The various parts of a computer and its operation are introduced. The course includes the development of keyboarding skills through the touch method, mastery of the keyboard, and the establishment of typing speed. Students progress from basic keyboarding technique to the basics of Microsoft Word and the fundamentals of word processing. Creating professional memos and business correspondence are explored. Included are mail processing and telecommunications. The Career Services department assists in the preparation of résumés. Prerequisite: None
Phlebotomy and Laboratory Procedures I
MA301 (60 hours)
This course introduces students to blood collection techniques and the hematology department of a laboratory. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and guidelines in the collection of high quality blood specimens are presented. Students also discuss the laboratory environment with an introduction to the parts and use of a microscope. The course includes training in capillary puncture and phlebotomy (venipuncture) procedures for acquisition of diagnostic blood specimens. Prerequisite: None
Anatomy and Physiology I with Medical Terminology
MA302 (60 hours)
Anatomy and Physiology I provides students with a comprehensive study of the human body through an explanation of the structure and function of its parts. Starting with the basics of cellular composition, each body system is examined with emphasis on both normal and pathological processes. The systems covered include skeletal, muscular, circulatory, and respiratory.
The course also introduces students to the language of medicine. Medical words are taught, along with their relationship to the human body. The class becomes familiar with vocabulary and word parts that will help to comprehend anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic techniques, and medical treatments and procedures directly related to each body system. This new language will be used to facilitate communication with other health care professionals about their patients. In addition, abbreviations and medical specialties are presented. Prerequisite: None
Phlebotomy and Laboratory Procedures II and CPR
MA401 (60 hours)
During this course, the practical application of venipuncture continues as students study the clinical chemistry department of a laboratory, coagulation, serology, and blood typing. Students learn the specifics of blood glucose, blood urea nitrogen, and cholesterol. Assisting patients with special needs and patient education are included. The course also trains the class is cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator pursuant to the standards of the American Heart Association. Prerequisite: MA301
Anatomy and Physiology II with Medical Terminology
MA402 (60 hours)
Anatomy and Physiology II continues the study begun in the first anatomy course. Body systems covered are sensory, nervous, integumentary (the skin), digestive, endocrine (the glands), and reproductive. Included is the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and the care of women giving birth, obstetrics.
Like the first course, the language of medicine is integrated into the examination of each body system. Medical words are taught, along with their relationship to the human body. Students become familiar with vocabulary and word parts that help them comprehend anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic techniques, and medical treatments and procedures. This new language is used to facilitate communication with other health care professionals about their patients. Abbreviations and medical specialties are included. Prerequisite: MA302
MA501 (60 hours)
Students learn how to prepare a new patient’s medical record. They study and practice taking and documenting vital signs (body temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate). The class covers how to assist physicians with a physical examination, as well as with specialty exams involving obstetrics, pediatrics, the gastrointestinal system, gynecology, urology, and geriatrics. Prerequisite: None
Medical Administrative and Business Practices
MA502 (60 hours)
Students get an introduction to the history of the health care system and the duties of the medical assistant as administrator. Patient interaction, management of medical records, and the essentials of physician-based billing and coding are also covered. The class learns how to manage patient accounts and discusses practice finances. Prerequisite: None
Electrocardiography and Cardiac Testing
MA601 (60 hours)
The course begins with a review of the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels) and its relationship to electrocardiography (EKG). Students review how to take and record pulse rate and pulse and blood pressure. Various cardiac testing procedures are discussed, such as Holter monitoring and stress testing. A main focus of the course is the proper and successful completion of the performance of an EKG and how to discern whether or not a test is abnormal. Prerequisite: MA302
Computerized Billing and EMR
MA602 (60 hours)
Computerized Billing prepares students to utilize a computerized billing and medical software program. Students learn to accurately input patient demographics, medical procedures, and diagnoses in order to generate insurance claims and post payments. Maintaining patient accounts and managing practice finances are key features of the course. Topics covered include creating patient records, maintaining health histories, and reading and interpreting patient files. Prerequisite: MA502
Certification Review with Career Development
MA701 (30 hours)
Certification Review provides students with an in-depth survey of the skills and knowledge learned during their time in the Medical Assistant program in preparation for the certification exam. They utilize study guides and pretests while reviewing medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, electrocardiography (EKG), laboratory procedures, human relations, urinalysis, microbiology, administrative procedures, and computer applications. Also included are instructions on how to complete an employment application and secure a job interview. Prerequisites: MA101 through MA602
MA801 (160 hours)
During the externship phase of training, students are placed in a medical facility for real-world experience. They observe experienced medical personnel and perform the duties of a medical assistant under the strict supervision of trained professionals. Students are evaluated by the site supervisor on the basis of performance. Prerequisites: MA101 through MA701
Consumer Data Regarding Programs Leading to Gainful Employment
- All figures are for students who completed the program between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.
- Job placement statistics relate only to the Medical Assistant program and related fields of study.
- Figures may not include jobs secured by students in their field of study who did not report their employment.
- Job placement rates are those reported to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
- These rates have been reported also to the New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.
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