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As a medical assistant, you could have the opportunity to work directly with patients and assist with their care and well-being. If you are interested in pursuing opportunities in this rewarding field, our medical assistant program can help you gain the relevant experience and skills to become a qualified candidate. At Kaplan University, we strive to prepare you with the necessary clinical and administrative knowledge to seek various entry-level positions.
Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum combined with hands-on training on equipment typically used in a medical setting. The various courses offered can train you to perform specific duties such as assisting the supervising physician with administering injections, taking vital signs, recording EKGs, assisting in minor surgical procedures, carrying out basic accounting procedures, and understanding the fundamentals of charting and documentation. To enhance your career-based experience, you will also complete a practicum that enables you to apply classroom learning in a real-world setting.
Residents of the following states may not enroll in the online Medical Assisting Certificate: Arkansas, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.
To help you develop the relevant knowledge and skills to seek a career
in the medical field, Kaplan University's medical assistant program
provides instruction in the following:
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Students completing the medical assistant program could pursue entry-level positions, or related positions, in a doctor's office,
clinic, or other medical facility, such as*:
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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May 13, 2015
Online Start Date
Jun 10, 2015
Online and Campus Start Date
Jul 08, 2015
This course emphasizes the basic principles and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts, physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the importance of their professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities.
Total Program Credits: 57
This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.
This course is a systematic study of basic
pharmacology principles with emphasis on the skills and
information needed to succeed in a working environment. Topics
covered include drug classes, dosage calculations and measurement
conversions, drug administration routes, and proper medication
MM 150 or MM 212
Studies include the most common diseases of
bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic
tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also
study alternative treatments and pain
The course explores procedural guidelines for accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care setting. Topics include management of patient information, operational functions, and general workplace competencies of health care employees.
Using various coding methodologies, students learn basic coding principles used in filing insurance claims. Students also become acquainted with various types of health insurance and insurance terminology.
This course will
focus on the aspects of professionalism that a health care professional needs
in order to successfully work in a medical office setting, including
communication skills, personal appearance, and
interpersonal interactions. The course will prepare students for the
SC 131 | Corequisite: MA 265
This course introduces students to the educational theory of procedures commonly performed in a health care setting, with special attention to understanding how aseptic technique, documentation, and safety apply to each skill.
This course introduces students to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting, with special attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety.
MA 250 and MA 265
This course will
focus on the performance of clinical skills in an approved medical facility or
educational medical lab, as appropriate. Students will complete a minimum of 50
hours and all required competency skills.
MA 275 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level.
Successful completion of this course will require 160 hours of clinical and administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies, including a practice credentialing exam, at the end of the course.
MA 280 and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.
This course introduces students to
professionalism in the medical setting. Emphasis is placed upon
communication, appearance, diversity, emergency preparedness, and
preparation of the professional portfolio. Students prepare a
portfolio that contains job search documents.
introduces students to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to understanding how aseptic technique, documentation, and safety apply to each skill. Specific competencies will include:
health history, vital signs, specialty exams, sterilization, minor
surgical procedures, surgical asepsis, growth charts, and electrocardiograms (EKGs).
This course introduces students to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety. Specific competencies will include: specimen processing, methods of quality control, capillary and venipuncture, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived testing, microbiology and immunology procedures, urinalysis, and administering medications.
Successful completion of this course will require 160 nonpaid hours of clinical and administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies, including a certification exam, by the end of this course.
HS 101, HS 210, HS 220, MA 270, and last term
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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