Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2019-2020

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 upon employment.

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/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* OR

3

BIO-168

Human Anatomy and Physiology I* AND

 

BIO-173

Human Anatomy and Physiology II* OR

 

BIO-177

Human Anatomy* AND

 

BIO-180

Human Physiology*

 

 

 

3

Term 1

MAP-123

Administrative Medical Office Procedures

3

MAP-125

Introduction to Clinical Procedures

2

MAP-501

Math for Medications

1

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*

2

CSC-110

Introduction to Computers

3

HSC-115

Medical Terminology*

4

 

 

15

Term 2

MAP-214

Medical Lab

3

MAP-312

Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

3

MAP-402

Medical Law and Ethics

2

MAP-403

Basic Medical Office Insurance

2

MAP-513

Medical Assisting Pharmacology

3

 

 

13

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

44

Degree Requirements (Optional)

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology* OR

3

BIO-168

Human Anatomy and Physiology I* AND

 

BIO-173

Human Anatomy and Physiology II* OR

 

BIO-177

Human Anatomy* AND

 

BIO-180

Human Physiology*

 

 

 

3

Term 1

MAP-123

Administrative Medical Office Procedures

3

MAP-125

Introduction to Clinical Procedures

2

MAP-501

Math for Medications

1

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*

2

CSC-110

Introduction to Computers

3

HSC-115

Medical Terminology*

4

 

 

15

Term 2

MAP-214

Medical Lab

3

MAP-312

Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures

3

MAP-402

Medical Law and Ethics

2

MAP-403

Basic Medical Office Insurance

2

MAP-513

Medical Assisting Pharmacology

3

 

 

13

Term 3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication* OR

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals* OR

 

SPC-112

Public Speaking*

 

MAP-618

Medical Assisting Externship++

7

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology*

3

 

 

13

Term 4

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

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Electives*

10

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Humanities Elective*

3

-------

Social Science Elective*

3

 

 

19

Total Associate of Applied Science degree program credit hours

63

Optional

HSC-205

Exploration of Healthcare Careers

3

HSC-103

Studies in Health Sciences

1

HSC-168

Nurse Aide

3.5

HSC-162

Health Support Professional

3.5

 

 

11

*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- courses, HSC-107, HSC-115.

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