Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Medical Assisting

Allied Health

221 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time

Fall, Spring or Summer

Award

Diploma

3 semesters

Associate of Applied Science degree upon completion of additional courses

In the clinical area, medical assistants (MAs) take patients to the examination room, ask about and record symptoms, and measure the patient’s height, weight and blood pressure. MAs also prepare instruments for and assist with minor surgeries, assist the physician with patient exams, obtain EKGs, give injections and draw blood for routine lab work. MAs may also be employed in an administrative position responsible for greeting patients, answering phones, scheduling appointments, and managing medical records, insurance payments and patient accounts.

Career opportunities: physician’s family practice or specialty offices, hospitals/clinics, public health clinics, laboratories, phlebotomist, unit secretary, patient service representative.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester

ADM-105

Introduction to Keyboarding

1

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy

1

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-115

Medical Terminology

4

HSC-210

Health Skills I

1

MAP-123

Administrative Medical Office Procedures

3

 

 

15

Second Semester

MAP-142

Medical Insurance and Legalities

3

MAP-210

Medical Lab

3.5

MAP-260

Basic Electrocardiology

1

MAP-312

Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

3

MAP-501

Math for Medications

1

MAP-513

Medical Assisting Pharmacology

3

 

 

14.5

Third Semester

MAP-618

Medical Assisting Externship

7

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication or

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals

 

 

 

13

Total diploma credit hours

42.5

Associate of Applied Science Degree Courses

ENG-105

Composition I

3

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Electives

9

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Humanities elective

3

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Social Science elective

3

 

 

18

Total Associate of Applied Science degree program credit hours

60.5

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