Medical Assisting

Health Services Degree

 

Overview:

Medical Assistants are in high demand, making this position a smart entry point into the health-care industry. This blended program is designed to equip students with the ability to excel in a variety of administrative and clinical duties at a host of health-care facilities. Learn those needed in-demand skills in our flexible online classrooms and prove your proficiency in face-to-face assessments.

A faith-based program, the Medical Assisting certificate program can be completed in 18 months and is accredited by CAAHEP. Concordia University also has an established working relationship with respected employers to promote our best students and give you an edge in your job hunt.

Area of Study Health Services
Next Start Date Start Anytime
Credits

42

Cost/Credit

$289

Total Cost

$12,138

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I really enjoy my cohort and the "family" feeling I get from being a part of it. I also like that Christian education and service are incorporated into the curriculum."
CUW Online student

Goals / Objectives

  • In-depth knowledge of common clinical and laboratory procedures
  • Experience essential to the efficient and accurate execution of proper health-care facility procedures
  • Incorporating Christian Values and Ethics that are important in the healthcare field

Career Outlook

  • Medical Assistant

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Theology

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Heritage of Faith (AL 159*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

HERITAGE OF FAITH examines the faith stance of various biblical personalities as well as various literary forms used by biblical authors to enable the student to read the Bible with a more profound grasp of its message as well as a deeper appreciation of its role in the literature of the Western world.
Bible as Literature (REL 100) - Credits: 3

Course Description

THE BIBLE is an overview of the Bible intended to acquaint the student with its background, content and messages. This introductory course satisfies the core curriculum requirements for Bible content for students who are not in a church-work program.

Core Coursework

Interpersonal Communication (MA 100) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Interpersonal Communication presents an overview of interpersonal communication and works to improve students interpersonal communication skills. Includes principles of verbal and nonverbal communication, fundamental writing skills, and how to adapt communication for individual needs. Students will be able to initiate, recognize and respond to verbal, nonverbal, and written communication.
Medical Terminology (MA 106EL) - Credits: 1

Course Description

Medical Terminology is a creative and interactive introduction to medical terminology. Students will medical terminology basics, anatomic structures and terms of reference, health care record terminology, symptomatic and diagnostic terminology, diagnostic tests and procedural terminology, operative and therapeutic terminology
Student Success Strategies (MA 107) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Engages students in cultivating the abilities necessary to for academic and professional success, including study and research skills, learning styles, use of technology, and critical thinking skills. 3 credits.
Psychology I (MA 110) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Psychology I is an introductory survey course acquainting the student with the procedures, principles, theories, and vocabulary of psychology as a science. It includes the basic principles, developmental stages of the life cycle, mental health and applied psychology. Also covered are the effects of heredity, environment, and culture on development.
Math for HC Professionals (MA 115) - Credits: 1

Course Description

This course studies the use of mathematics in the health care field. Includes using: basic mathematics, roman numerals, military time, fractions, word problems, percentages, decimals, ratios and proportions, the metric system, U.S. customary units and the apothecary system, and application of measurement and dose conversion. 1 credit
Computing for HC Professionals (MA 125) - Credits: 1

Course Description

Computing for Health Care Professionals teaches students how to comfortably navigate an electronic medical record by reading/examining patient charts and entering information into charts. 1 credit
CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (MA 130) - Credits: 1

Course Description

CPR provides instruction in the American Heart Association training for Healthcare Providers. Covers rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, use of an AED, and how to care for choking victims. Techniques for caring for infants, children and adults are covered. 1 credit.
Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism (MA 140) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism presents legal guidelines and requirements for health care, personal attributes, job readiness, workplace dynamics, and allied health professions and credentialing. It identifies the roles and functions of personnel within the medical office practice setting. Medical ethics and bioethics are discussed as well as risk management issues as they relate to the practice of medical assisting. Students will learn to identify and respond to issues of confidentiality, perform within legal and ethical boundaries, establish and maintain the medical record, and document appropriately. 3 credits.
Endocrine, Urinary and Reproductive Systems (MA 215) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Endocrine, Urinary and Reproductive Systems presents information relating to anatomy and physiology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and the pharmacology of the endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems. There is a hands-on component to this class that allows students to learn and practice skills necessary for professional competency in the clinic setting. 4 credits.
Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems (MA 225) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems presents information relating to anatomy and physiology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and the pharmacology of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. There is a hands-on component to this class that allows students to learn and practice skills necessary for professional competency in the clinic setting. 4 credits
Administrative Procedures (MA 235) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Administrative Procedures introduces basic medical office functions. The student will learn how to utilize computer software for scheduling, maintaining records, and preparing professional communications. It includes setting up a medical record, telephone techniques, medical records management, and written communication. This course covers ICD, HCPCS and CPT coding, insurance plan information, and managing practice finances. It also includes job interviewing techniques and resume preparation. 4 credits
Lymphatic, Digestive and Blood Systems (MA 245) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Lymphatic, Digestive and Blood Systems presents information relating to anatomy and physiology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and the pharmacology of the lymphatic, digestive and blood systems. There is a hands-on component to this class that allows students to learn and practice skills necessary for professional competency in the clinic setting. 4 credits
Musculoskeletal, Skin, Nervous and Sense Systems (MA 255) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Musculoskeletal, Skin, Nervous and Sense Systems presents information relating to anatomy and physiology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and the pharmacology of the musculoskeletal, skin, nervous and sense systems. There is a hands-on component to this class that allows students to learn and practice skills necessary for professional competency in the clinic setting. 4 credits
Medical Assistant Practicum (MA 300) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Medical Assistant Practicum provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate application of learned concepts, principles, and procedures required to assist the physician in daily office activities within a supervised ambulatory health care setting. Each student must complete at least 200 hours. 3 credits

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