Female medical assistant answering the phone

Key Areas and Course Topics

This program prepares students to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the healthcare industry. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • History and background of the medical assisting profession
  • Interpersonal skills, medical ethics, and basic medical law
  • Telephone techniques and skills for scheduling appointments
  • Medical terminology
  • Basics of insurance billing and coding
  • Medical records management and management of practice finances
 

Detailed Course Topics Covered

  • An overview of the healthcare industry and expectations for a healthcare professional
  • Role of the medical administrative assistant
  • History of medicine, medicine and the law, medical malpractice, medical ethics, and medical practice specialties
  • Ethical and legal issues, fraud abuse, and compliance
  • Office and patient communication techniques, appointment scheduling and general office duties
  • Technology in the healthcare environment
  • Basic terminology used in the medical office
  • Medical records management, confidentiality of the medical record, initiating a medical record for a new client and filing reports in the medical record
  • HIPAA review and patient bill of rights and confidentiality
  • Financial and practice management
  • Health insurance coverage, and billing and coding procedures
  • Professional fees, billing and collecting procedures, accounting systems and credit arrangements
  • Medical accounting, financial statements, cost analysis, and budgets for the medical practice
  • Specimen collection, laboratory safety and federal and state regulations
  • Assisting with medical emergencies
  • Career development