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2024 – 2025

Medical Assisting

Joanne Romanelli, Academy B Administrator – Ext. 267

Course & Program of Studies

Statement of Purpose

In the Medical Assistant program, students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to gain successful employment in a medical office, hospital, and clinic or related health care setting. Students acquire both clinical and administrative skills. First-hand, work experience is gained through observation and guided-practice in local professional settings. This preparation during the underclassmen years leads to senior year where students develop ‘on the job’ competencies through job placement or cooperative education. Upon successful completion of the medical assisting program, students who meet the necessary requirements may sit for the following National Certifications.

Medical Assisting student doing a check up on a patient

Exploratory Program

The goal of the Medical Assistant exploratory program is to attract students into the medical assistant program by acquainting them with the various career opportunities available, as well as specific basic skills performed by the health care worker. The students will be instructed on American Heart Association guidelines for CPR. Upon successful completion of exploratory, a certification in CPR may be obtained.

Freshman Program

The Medical Assistant 9th Grade program will prepare the student to learn the basics of medical assisting. The students will receive instruction in medical terminology, roles and functions of a Medical Assistant, communication skills, OSHA regulations, fire and safety procedures, medical asepsis and the height and weight of an adult, child and infant. Students will also be certified by the American Heart Association, in Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider. Medical math will be taught on a regular basis. Computer projects, including research into medical careers and illnesses will be done during the course of the year.

Sophomore Program

Sophomore Medical Assistant career and technical program is a 90-day course, which consists of 6-day cycles. The students learn the necessary theory and skills required to function in the role of a medical assistant. Instruction is offered in clinical skills, which include: vital signs, vision and hearing screenings, assisting with the physical exam and specialty procedures, sterilization techniques, and collecting, handling, and storing of specimens. Instruction is also focused on oral and written communication, employability skills, professionalism, and medical terminology. This course provides the student with the technical skills to advance to junior year.

Sophomore Related Class 1

Medical Terminology

The related Basic Medical Terminology course is an introduction of medical terminology. The medical terms are divided into prefixes, suffixes and roots. The use of these word parts are used to describe the body in both normal and abnormal states.

Sophomore Related Class 2

Electronic Medical Records

This course will provide the essential concepts, functionalities, and benefits of EMRs in modern healthcare settings. Gain practical insights into data management, security, interoperability, and regulatory compliance within the context of electronic health records.

Junior Program

The Junior Medical Assistant Program is designed to prepare students who will assist physicians in a health care setting. During Junior Shop the student spends six day cycles in the shop. Students develop advanced skills in shop which include sterile technique, performing electrocardiography, venipuncture, and advanced laboratory techniques. The students spend part of the shop cycle placed at diverse clinical placements to further develop and implement these advanced skills. The varied clinical settings provide the student the opportunity to efficiently perform learned skills in an actual clinical situation and allows for the continuation of career exploration.

Junior Related 1

Anatomy & Physiology

This course provides an introductory understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Students learn about the various organ systems, such as the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.

Junior Related 2

Pathophysiology

This course provides instruction on the study of how diseases or abnormalities develop within the body, encompassing the physiological processes that lead to the manifestation of illness or dysfunction.

Senior Program

Senior Medical Assisting students who are eligible may obtain a co-op opportunity as a medical assistant in a health care setting. All other students will attend placement at a variety of health care settings for the duration of the cycle. Each trimester the student will change sites.

Senior Related 1

Pharmacology /Coding / Advance Medical Terminology

The Pharmacology course provides students with an introduction to the principles and practices of pharmacology—the study of drugs and their effects on living organisms. Students will explore the various classifications of drugs, their mechanisms of action, and their therapeutic uses. Topics may include drug development, dosage forms, drug interactions, and the effects of drugs on different body systems.

The Advanced Medical Terminology course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the language used in the medical field. Students learn the roots, prefixes, and suffixes of medical terms, enabling them to decipher and analyze complex medical terminology. The course covers topics such as anatomy, physiology, diseases, diagnostic procedures, and treatments.

The Medical Coding course introduces students to the fundamental principles and practices of medical coding, which involves assigning alphanumeric codes to diagnoses, procedures, and services provided by healthcare providers.

Senior Related 2

Nutrition – Elective

The nutrition course covers a range of topics related to food, health, and wellness. The course aims to educate students about the importance of nutrition in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing diseases. Some topics covered include introduction to macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), their functions in the body, and recommended daily intake.
Medical Assisting Student weighing a patient

Certifications

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  • Certified EKG Technician (CET)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant(CCMA)
  • Certified Billing & Coding Specialist(CBCS)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant(CMAA)
  • OSHA 10
  • Healthcare CPR for the Healthcare Professional
  • American Heart Saver

     

Career Opportunities

  • EMT / Paramedic 
  • Licensed Practical Nurse 
  • Medical Billing 
  • Medical Coder 
  • Medical Lab Technician 
  • Nurse Practitioner 
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Pharmacy Technician 
  • Phlebotomist 
  • Physical Therapist 
  • Physician Assistant 
  • Registered Nurse 
  • Respiratory Therapist 
  • Surgical Technician

Post-Secondary Education

Associates Degree in Medical Assisting
Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences for roles in healthcare administration, public health, or healthcare education or those other career opportunities listed in career opportunities.
Bridge Programs for medical assistants who want to become a registered nurse, or advance their careers in other healthcare professions.
Graduate Education for medical assistants interested in pursuing advanced roles in healthcare such as physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP).