Available at our El Cajon Campus
Medical Assistant Diploma
The eight-month Medical Assistant program has been designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in a variety of medical settings, such as physician’s offices or medical clinics. The content of the program provides the student with specialized training in industry-current medical clinical and administrative procedures. Hands-on training and a one-month externship will prepare medical assistants for a new exciting career.
Typical job titles for Medical Assistants entering the field: Medical Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Administrative Medical Assistant, Medical Secretary, Medical Receptionist, Electrocardiogram Technician, and Patient Care Technician.
33 Semester Credit Hours
34 Weeks (8 Months)
Accredited by the COE
This course may lead to a national certification with the National Center for Competency Testing
Successful completion of this medical assisting course will lead to credit towards our Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree program.
- Medical Assistants are predicted to increase by 23% (much faster than average) through the year 2024.
Explore the structures, functions, and diseases of the human body. Learn the related terminology used in clinical settings to describe body positions and parts. Students will be introduced to the human cellular development and the impact of disease processes on each specific body system.
Students are introduced to medical terminology as it relates to the anatomical structure of the human body. Emphasis is on body system root words, prefixes, suffixes, and introductory terminology. Medical language and accepted medical abbreviations are discussed in detail.
This course introduces students to pharmacology as it relates to a medical office setting. Students gain knowledge of Federal and State drug laws, general drug classifications, drug indications and contraindications, and inventory requirements. Nutrition and its effect on a patient’s health will also be emphasized.
Instruction on the principles and foundations of the medical profession. Instruction includes history of the medical profession, types of medical practices, ethical and medico-legal issues, HIPAA regulations. This course also emphasizes the importance of therapeutic communications that exists between the medical professional and the patient
Learn how to correctly code diagnostic and professional services rendered by the physician, necessary in billing for reimbursement by insurance companies. Emphasis is on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-(-CM). Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the HCPCS for Medicare claims, as well as electronic coding procedures. The course also includes procedures for the hard copy and electronic completing of the Universal HCFA-1500 insurance form for selected private insurance, HMO, PO, and Medicare.
This course provides students with an understanding of the proper procedures related to front office responsibilities. Emphasis is on responsibilities related to scheduling appointments and receptionist duties. Students will be instructed in the use of newest medical office communication systems and proper telephone etiquette. Other communication topics will include medical assistant’s responsibilities relating to the proper education and preventive techniques of patients.
This course revolves around various medical office management systems and provides students with knowledge in the proper procedures for recording and maintaining patient charts; proper charting techniques; filing and management systems. Mail management stresses both manual and electronic mail communications. Delivering services and specific handling of billing materials will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to dictation and transcription service, proper techniques for handling general office correspondence, letter writing, and composing routine correspondence.
Electronic Health Records
This course is designed to provide the student with basic computer keyboarding techniques. Emphasis is on the mastery of the keyboard, which increases speed and maintains accuracy.
An introduction to the fundamentals of microbiology and use of the microscope. Laboratory procedures including urinalysis and other specimen collection techniques will be emphasized. Point of Care Test (POCT) for glucose and hematocrit analysis, as well as home pregnancy testing, will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on infection control protocols and quality assurance standards.
This course provides an introduction to the proper technique and procedures for performing phlebotomy. It includes needle technique, creating patient rapport, medical safety, and processes of keeping records. Instruction includes an introduction to needle sizes, vacuum tubes, wing-infused phlebotomy. Emphasis is placed on safety and proper handling and disposing of bio-hazardous wastes and sharps.
This course provides instruction on medication administration, drug measurement and review of various routes for administration of medications. Students gain comprehensive hands-on experience performing the following forms of injections; intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intradermal.
This course provides instruction in patient preparation, charting of treatments, measurements of height and weight, and patient examination – vital sign recording will be emphasized. Students receive an orientation to patient services, which is requisite knowledge for not only the clinical health care provider, but for the administrative aspect of the healthcare profession. Instruction will encompass patient data collection, medical health history, and physical examinations. Students will learn to monitor vital signs for potential medical emergencies. This course also provides an introduction to electrocardiographs (ECG), characteristics of normal electrocardiogram rhythms and ECG procedures.
This course provides instruction in the procedures and protocol for the following specialty medical examinations; obstetrics, gynecology, male reproductive, pediatrics, urology, allergology, dermatology, endocrinology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otorhinolaryngology, proctology. In addition, medical emergency procedures and in-office patient care for burns, strains, sprains, bruise, etc. will be included. Emphasis will be placed on the use of ambulation devices.
This course provides instruction in the principles of medical asepsis and proper procedures for managing infectious control. Instruction includes concepts of universal precautions, HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne pathogen protection. Proper asepsis and cleaning of patient exam and treatment areas will also be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the use and care of personal protective equipment.
This course provides an overview of the medical assistant’s responsibility regarding minor, in-office surgical procedures to include asepsis, gloving procedures, armamentarium, basic procedures, and medications. Overview of general instrument classification associated with a general medicine practice.
This course offers an introduction to successful interviewing and resume development techniques. In addition, it provides information on effective networking and seeking out the appropriate job. Instruction is provided on correct workplace habits, professionalism, and maintaining a positive attitude.
Students will extern 160 hours in a medical setting under the direct supervision of the facility administrator and general supervision of the School’s program director. Students will receive hands-on application of their recently acquired medical skills and will develop the confidence to secure a career position.
Gainful Employment Disclosures
Cost of the Program
Graduation Rate (In 2018).
97% On-Time Graduation Rate (on-time graduation is 8 months)
Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education 2018 Annual Report)
Medical Assisting Program graduates typically obtain jobs as a Medical Assistant. Below is a link to the Standard Occupational Classification:
Advanced Training Associates is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley and San Diego.