Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Medical Assisting

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall, Spring, Summer

Award
Diploma
3 terms (including summer)
Associate of Applied Science degree
4 terms

Accreditation
The Kirkwood Medical Assisting diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350.

After earning a Medical Assisting diploma, graduates are eligible to take the nationally-recognized Certified Medical Assistant exam. Most employers require certification within one year of graduation.

Personal Characteristics
Explore Medical Assisting if you are organized, interested in helping patients, have excellent communication skills and have a team-oriented attitude.

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

Kirkwood's one-year Medical Assisting program includes classroom, laboratory, computer experience as well as a practicum in an ambulatory care clinic. This program may be taken on a part-time basis.

Career opportunities: physician/specialty clinics; hospital clinics, public health, laboratories and insurance companies. The graduate may work as an administrative medical assistant, clinical medical assistant, patient service representative, phlebotomist, scribe, unit secretary or any combination of these positions.

Medical Assisting Diploma Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology*

3

 

 

3

Term 1

ADM-105

Introduction to Keyboarding*

1

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy*

1

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*

2

HSC-115

Medical Terminology*

4

HSC-210

Health Skills I*

1

MAP-123

Administrative Medical Office Procedures

3

MAP-402

Medical Law and Ethics

2

 

 

14

Term 2

MAP-210

Medical Lab

3.5

MAP-260

Basic Electrocardiography

1

MAP-312

Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

3

MAP-403

Basic Medical Office Insurance

2

MAP-501

Math for Medications

1

MAP-513

Medical Assisting Pharmacology

3

 

 

13.5

Term 3

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* OR

 

SPC-112

Public Speaking*

 

 

 

13

Total Diploma program credit hours

43.5

Degree Requirements (Optional)

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

 

 

3

Term 1

ADM-105

Introduction to Keyboarding*

1

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy*

1

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*

2

HSC-115

Medical Terminology*

4

HSC-210

Health Skills I*

1

MAP-123

Administrative Medical Office Procedures

3

MAP-402

Medical Law and Ethics

2

 

 

14

Term 2

MAP-210

Medical Lab

3.5

MAP-260

Basic Electrocardiography

1

MAP-312

Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

3

MAP-403

Basic Medical Office Insurance

2

MAP-501

Math for Medications

1

MAP-513

Medical Assisting Pharmacology

3

 

 

13.5

Term 3

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 OR

 

SPC-112

Public Speaking

 

 

 

13

Term 4

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

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Electives*

10

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Humanities Elective*

3

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Social Science Elective*

3

 

 

19

Total Associate of Applied Science degree program credit hours

62.5

*Courses may be taken before beginning the program.

++No program (MAP) courses may be taken with externship. Proof of compliance completion must be done prior to registration for externship.

Note: Minimum C- is required in all MAP courses, in addition to BIO-161, HSC-107, HSC-115 and HSC-210.

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