Medical Assistant Program Description

  • Established in 1974, the Medical Assistant curriculum is designed to prepare students to be successful future healthcare providers. Medical Assistants are able to assist physicians in private practice, small to large healthcare clinics and at hospital outpatient clinics both locally and nationally for example the Veterans Administration, Kaiser Permanente and Hawaii Pacific Health.
  • The curriculum is approved by the Hawaii Department of Education and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). ABHES is the only accreditation agency approved by the Department of Education (DOE). Med-Assist School of Hawaii is the only vocational post-secondary school located in Hawaii that is approved by ABHES.
  • The Medical Assistant Program encompasses 625 hours of lecture and didactic methodology of instruction, 100 hours Career Internship (developing professional soft skills), and 200 hours of Externship Practicum at an approved externship site; either physician private practice or at a healthcare facility. The combined total of 925 hours is the equivalent of 38 semester-based academic credits.
  • A career as a Medical Assistant would include diverse skills in administrative, clinical procedures, and laboratory practices. They are expected to portray professional business practices, be ethical, be empathetic, and be caring in nature.

Diploma Certificate

  • Graduates who meet all competencies and skills evaluation for the Medical Assistant Program will be awarded a diploma certificate.
  • Medical Assistant graduates are approved to take the national certification exams- The Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) offered by the American Medical Technologist (AMT) and the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) approved by the American Association of Medical Assistants. Only two schools in the state of Hawaii are eligible for their graduates to apply for the CMA certification exam. Because of our high standards, Med-Assist School of Hawaii is one of them.
Course Curriculum, Schedule, & Descriptions

Medical Assistant Program

Program objectives

The educational and training objectives of Med-Assist School of Hawaii are to prepare students in Medical Assisting competences for certification as delineated by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

To prepare students to fill a vital community need for Medical Assistants, Med-Assist School of Hawaii’s Medical Assistant Program is a curriculum comprised of 925 hours with lecture, didactic, internship and externship experiences. Our alumni are perceived as valuable team members within Hawaii’s health community, therefore, it is important to be clear of employment expectations so that the graduates are successful in the pursuit of these objectives.

Objectives of the Medical Assistant program are to:

v  Teach courses in anatomy, physiology, communications, medical law and ethics, pharmacology, computer applications, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, confidentiality through HIPAA compliance, HITECH regulations, professional behavior and basic and advanced medical billing.

v  Prepare a knowledgeable and skillful future healthcare employee with the technical skills and work habits essential to perform effectively and efficiently in various healthcare related fields including phlebotomy, medical billing, medical coding and medical office manager.

v  Provide professional administrative and clinical experiences and activities that include assisting the patient with obtaining medical history, vital signs, administering medication, educating the patient and assisting the physician with preparing the patient with physical examination and surgical procedures, performing diagnostic procedures and collecting and performing laboratory procedures.

 

Program Curriculum

The Medical Assistant Program encompasses 625 hours of classroom instruction, 100 hours of internship experience and 200 practicum work hours spent at an approved externship site, such as a doctor’s office or medical clinic. The combined total of 925 hours is considered the equivalent of 38 semester-based academic credits.

The program is offered in both day and evening classes and structured to be taken in seven consecutive five-week academic phases which usually takes nine months to complete. Delivery of the program is residential. Graduates will receive a diploma with successful completion of the program.

The curriculum is designed to cover the administrative, clinical and laboratory responsibilities of the medical assistant field and its legal scope of practice in both large and small offices.

It is important that our students be trained properly so that they are certified and able to work in their career as a Medical Assistant. Some of subjects for Medical Assistant competencies are, but not limited to, the following:

v  Administrative Procedures: Insurance, Reimbursement Specialist, Medical Documentation, Finance Bookkeeping, Medical Reception Skills, Front Office Administration, etc.

v  Clinical Procedures: Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Medical Law, Medical Ethics, Human Relations, Patient Education, Asepsis, Sterilization, Instruments, Vital Signs, Physical Examinations, Clinical Pharmacology, Minor Surgery, Electrocardiographs, Administration of Medication, etc.

v  Laboratory:  Venipunctures, CLIA waived testing, Urinalysis, Specimen Collection, etc.

At the completion of the program, the student will be able to:

v  Be eligible for taking a national credentialing exam (CMA or RMA) through either AAMA and/or AMT.

v  Process various medical, auto, workman’s comprehensive, various insurances, billing and process payments.

v  Communicate appropriately and professionally with physicians and patients through various means of media – via written, verbal, or electronic.

 

 

Medical Assistant Program Class Schedule___________________

The following matrixes categorize the courses that are taught in the Medical Assistant program according to the phases in which they are taught.

Phase I
Course # Course Clock Hours Credit Hours Theory Lab Intern Extern
PA100 Professional Awareness 15 1.00 15
MLE100 Medical Law & Ethics 10 .50 10
MT100 Medical Terminology I 15 1.00 15
AP100 Anatomy & Physiology I 10 .50 10
KB100 Keyboarding I 25 1.00 10 15
MHP100 Math For Healthcare Providers 25 1.50 25
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 100 5.50
Phase II
Course # Course Clock Hours Credit Hours Theory Lab

Intern

Extern

OP100 Office Procedures I 50 3.00 50
MT200 Medical Terminology II 25 1.50 25
KB200 Keyboarding II 25 1.00 10 15
PCD500 Career Internship* 25 .50 25
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 125 6.00
Phase III
Course # Course Clock Hours Credit Hours Theory Lab Intern Extern
MT300 Medical Terminology III 25 1.50 25
AP200 Anatomy & Physiology II 25 1.50 25
CP100 Clinical Procedures I 25 1.00 15 10
PHR300 Psychology Of Human Relations 25 1.50 25
PCD500 Career Internship* 25 .50 25
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 125 6.00
Phase IV
Course # Course Clock Hours Credit Hours Theory Lab

Intern

Extern

CLU400 Clinical Laboratory I – Urinalysis 50 2.50 30 20
PHM400 Pharmacology 25 1.50 25
OP200 Office Procedures II 25 1.50 25
CP200 Clinical Procedures II 25 1.00 15 10
PCD500 Career Internship* 25 .50 25
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 150 7.00
Phase V
Course # Course Clock Hours Credit Hours Theory Lab

Intern

Extern

BMT300 Basic Medical Transcription 25 1.00 5 20
CLH500 Clinical Laboratory II – Hematology 50 2.50 30 20
CP300 Clinical Procedures III 25 1.00 10 15
PCD500 Career Internship* 25 .50 25
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 125 5.00
Phase VI
Course # Course Clock Hours Credit Hours Theory Lab Intern Extern
GS600 Graduate Seminar (GradSem) 25 1.00 15 10
MC400 Medical Computer (Medicomp) 50 2.00 20 30
PCD500 Professional Career Development* 25 1.50 25
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 100 4.50
Phase VII
Course # Course Clock Hours Credit Hours Theory Lab

Intern

Extern

EXT700 Externship 200 4.00 200
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 200 4.00

Medical Assistant Program

All Courses Clock Hours Credit Hours
Total Clock/Credit Hours: 925 38.00

 

*The Career Internship hours in Phases II, III, IV and V are part of the overall experiences included with the Professional Career Development lecture course in Phase VI.  All 100 hours of Career Internship needs to be completed prior to entering Phase VI.

 

 

Medical Assistant Program Course Descriptions____________

The following is a description of the courses that are part of the Medical Assistant program. These courses have been developed and refined to incorporate the extensive knowledge and skills required in the medical assisting field. Classes are small and delivered residentially which would include individualized attention and is specifically designed to promote maximum training opportunities for the student. 

AP100 Anatomy and Physiology I

Prerequisite: None

The purpose of Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) is to provide the student with an introduction to the structure and function of the human body.

AP200 Anatomy and Physiology II

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology I

The purpose of Anatomy and Physiology II (A&PII) is to provide the student with an understanding of the structure and function of the human body.

BMT300 Basic Medical Transcription

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology I, II, III, Anatomy & Physiology I, II, Keyboarding I, II

Basic Medical Transcription familiarizes the student with typing from taped dictation.

CLU400 Clinical Laboratory I – Urinalysis

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology I, II, III, Anatomy & Physiology I, II

An orientation to clinical laboratories and their organization is presented in this lecture-laboratory class. An introduction to clinical urinalysis, chemistry and microbiology is presented with an emphasis on quality control and standard precautions for infection control.

CLH500 Clinical Laboratory II – Hematology

Prerequisite: Clinical Laboratory I, Medical Terminology I, II, III, Anatomy & Physiology I, II

Students are introduced to techniques and procedures associated with the process of collecting venous and capillary blood samples. Focus will be on best practices to yield accurate and reliable test results. Students will learn to properly perform common waived hematology, chemistry and immunology tests; observe quality control guidelines; safely conduct themselves in a POL; practice standard precautions; and safely dispose of biohazardous waste.

CP100 Clinical Procedures I

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology I, II

Clinical Procedures I is designed to equip the student with the knowledge and practice to prepare a patient for examination and treatment and to assist the physician in providing care.

CP200 Clinical Procedures II

Prerequisite: Clinical Procedures I

Clinical Procedures II concentrates on skills pertaining to minor surgical procedures in a medical office setting. The student will learn sterile techniques, minor surgical procedure setups, basic theory for physical therapy and radiology, as well as OSHA training. An introduction to nutrition and diet therapy will also be covered.

CP300 Clinical Procedures III

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology I, II, Anatomy & Physiology I, II, Clinical Procedures II, Pharmacology

This final advanced course in the Clinical Procedures series addresses more complex clinical functions used in the medical office. Administering parenteral immunizations and medication are discussed and practical techniques are practiced. Electrocardiography is covered in depth and practical skills are demonstrated.

EXT700 Externship

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous six (6) academic phases

The purpose of externship is to provide students with practical experience in ambulatory health care facilities. This will be a full-time commitment of 40 hours a week for the last 5-week phase of the program. While the externship is considered a learning experience for students, it is expected that the extern will make a valuable contribution to the office or clinic during their period of assignment. Externs are supervised and graded by both a school and a site coordinator.

GS600 Graduate Seminar

Prerequisites: All courses within Phases 1 through 5

This entire program review course is taken during the student’s last phase (6th) and brings together skills acquired by the student throughout the entire program to meet the Medical Assistant competencies required for professional performance.  Graduate Seminar prepares each student for externship, certification and a better opportunity for obtaining employment.

KB100 Keyboarding I

Prerequisites: None

The overall purpose of Keyboarding I is to assure that the student has the basic skills necessary to function as a typist in a doctor’s office and the ability to learn through medical transcription.

KB200 Keyboarding II

Prerequisite: Keyboarding I

The objective of Keyboarding II is to increase the student’s typing accuracy and speed during the first portion of the course, and then focus on learning common work place office systems and software during the remainder of the course. In addition, typing drills for both speed and accuracy will be given every day during the first 15 minutes of class during this time frame.

MHP100 Math for Healthcare Providers

Prerequisites: None

Math for Healthcare Providers is a basic math course designed to equip the student with a solid mathematics foundation in order to prepare them for the conversion assignments in all Clinical Procedure courses and Pharmacology courses focusing on fractions, decimals and relationships of quantities: percentages, ratios, proportions, the metric system and other systems of measurements and conversion factors.

MLE100 Medical Law and Ethics

Prerequisites: None

Medical Law is designed to acquaint the student with the ethical and legal responsibilities of the physician and the medical assistant, including risk management concepts.

MT100 Medical Terminology I

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the language of medicine by providing the student with a comprehensive knowledge of medical root words, suffixes and prefixes, as well as their origins.

MT200 Medical Terminology II

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology I

This course expands on vocabulary, pronunciation and the spelling of medical terms.

MT300 Medical Terminology III

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology II

The purpose of Medical Terminology III is to acquaint the student with the language of medicine by providing the student with a comprehensive knowledge of medical root words, suffixes and prefixes, as well as there origins; expand  on vocabulary, pronunciation and spelling of medical terms; expand and integrate the student’s medical vocabulary.

MC400 Medical Computer

Prerequisites: Medical Terminology I, II, Keyboarding I, II

The overall purpose of Medicomp is to acquaint the student with basic computer skills. A live web based Medical Practice Management application, ConnxtMD, allows the student to enter patient data, correct or update files when indicated, input financial information and find errors in posting.

OP100 Office Procedures I

Prerequisites: None

This course teaches students the basic office procedures needed to be performed in a medical setting, including planning office work, scheduling appointments, working with patients, using the telephone, handling mail, maintaining records and utilizing a didactic method of instruction.

OP200 Office Procedures II

Prerequisite:  Office Procedures I

This course provides advanced studies of general office procedures which were introduced in Office Procedures I.  In this course, the student will be provided additional information on basic office procedures with particular emphasis on filing insurance claims, maintaining facilities, maintaining supplies, managing payroll and utilizing a didactic method of instruction. 

PHR300 Psychology of Human Relations

Prerequisite:  None

Psychology of Human Relations is a course that encompasses the subject matters of abnormal behavior patterns, patients with special needs, empathy for terminally ill patients, support groups for terminally ill patients, patient advocacy, the developmental stages of life, heredity, culture and the environment.

PHM400 Pharmacology

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology I, II, III, Anatomy & Physiology I, II

Pharmacology is designed to equip the student with the knowledge to efficiently administer medication in the physician’s office and to be able to recognize adverse reactions and toxic effects associated with the drugs.

PA100 Professional Awareness

Prerequisites:  None

This course familiarizes the student with human relations and professional attitudes relating to the physician’s office. This course will stress the importance of: 1) appropriate appearance, good personal hygiene and an exemplary state of health; 2) self-acceptance and self-respect, as well as the acceptance of respect for others; and 3) dependability, responsibility and integrity.

PCD500 Professional Career Development

Prerequisite: All Career Internship hours completed (100 hours) requirements.

The Professional Career Development course is a combination of internship and didactic courses that provides training to cultivate positive work habits and build strong character to prepare the student for the professional workforce. The student will perform the essential requirements for employment such as resume writing, effective interviewing, and professional dress and demonstrate professionalism by exhibiting positive, respectful, and responsible attitude, punctuality, dependability and confidentiality, diplomatic and courteous. The student will be able to adapt to change in order to conduct work witin the scope of their education, training, and ability. 

 

 

Sequential Nature of the Course Work

Should a student fail to complete a required course during a particular phase, it can result in an extension of the total number of phases that the student is ultimately required to attend.

Extension of phases becomes necessary when it is impossible for a student to retake courses during the next phase due to class scheduling conflicts. At times, it is possible for students to simultaneously extend their training period.  However, in most cases this situation remains more the exception than the rule.

This is because the coursework is structured in a sequential order. Consequently, when a student does not satisfactorily complete a course, it might require the course to be repeated during the next phase before any subsequent courses can be taken. This course repetition can also result in the postponement of later courses that are dependent on the successful completion of the course being retaken. In summary, failed or dropped courses can cause an extension of the time it takes for the completion of the academic program.

2016 Medical Assistant Program Academic Calendar_______

Academic phases progress continuously throughout the year, with the exception of the Christmas holidays when the school closes. Orientation for new students are held a least a week prior to each phase (other arrangements can be made by appointment).

The Medical Assistant program is seven (7) phases long.

The specific dates for each phase for 2016 are as follows:

Medical Assistant Program

2015-2016

Calendar

2016 Sessions Mini Breaks Holidays

Fall Session 1:
August 25 – September 29

Oct 2 & 5                    Sept 7 – Labor Day

Fall Session 2:
October 4 – November 7

Nov 10 & 11                                 None

Winter Session 1:
November 10 – December 16

Dec 21 & 22

Nov 26 & 27 –Thanksgiving Day

Winter Break for Students:

Dec 18, 2016 –
Jan 2, 2017

Dec 25, 2015 – Christmas Day
Jan 1, 2016 – New Year’s Day

Return to School: Monday – Jan 3, 2016

 

Academic phases progress continuously throughout the year, with the exception of the Christmas holidays when the school closes. Orientation for new students are held a least a week prior to each phase (other arrangements can be made by appointment).

The Medical Assistant program is seven (7) phases long.

The specific dates for each phase for 2017 are as follows:

2017 Sessions Mini Breaks Holidays

Winter Session 2:
January 3 – February 6

Feb 7 & 8 Jan. 2 – New Year’s Day (Observed)

Spring Session 1:
February 9 – March 15

Mar 16 & 20 Feb. 20 – Presidents’ Day

Spring Session 2:
March 21 – April 24

Apr 25 & 26 Mar. 27 – Prince Kuhio Day

Spring Session 3:
April 27 – May 31

June 1 & 5 May 30 – Memorial Day

Summer Session 1:
June 6 – July 10

July 11 & 12

June 10 – King Kamehameha Day
July 4– Independence Day

Summer Session 2:
July 13 – August 16

Aug 17 & 21 Aug 19-Statehood Day

Fall Session 1:
August 22 – September 25

Sept 26 & Sept 27 Sept 5 – Labor Day

Fall Session 2:
September 28 – November 1

Nov 2 & 6 None

Winter Session 1:
November 7 – December 11

Dec 12 & 13 Nov 24 & 25 – Thanksgiving Day
Winter Break for Students:

Dec 19, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

Return to School:

Monday
January 8, 2017

Course Tuition

Medical Assistant Program Costs

Costs associated with the Medical Assistant program include the program’s tuition and fees, an estimation for books and supplies, added charges for course repeats and other incidental costs.

Tuition & Fees

The standard tuition and fees for the Medical Assistant program is $15,700.00. This is comprised of the school’s tuition and a variety of fees, as well as the assessment of the Hawaii State General Excise Tax. These are described below with a compilation of all costs listed at the end.

Tuition:$10,585.40 for the entire program. This is comprised as follows:

 

COURSE TUITION
Anatomy & Physiology I $140.60
Anatomy & Physiology II $295.50
Basic Transcription $433.80
Career Internship (Phase II) $367.50
Career Internship (Phase III) $367.50
Career Internship (Phase IV) $367.50
Career Internship (Phase V) $367.50
Clinical Procedures I $295.50
Clinical Procedures II $295.50
Clinical Procedures III $358.20
Externship $400.00
Graduate Seminar $358.20
Clinical Laboratory II: Hematology $597.00
Keyboarding I $433.80
Keyboarding II $433.80
Math For Healthcare Providers $321.80
Medical Computers $723.00
Medical Law $119.30
Medical Terminology I $281.20
Medical Terminology II $295.50
Medical Terminology III $421.80
Office Procedures I $596.50
Office Procedures II $357.90
Pharmacology $295.50
Professional Awareness $238.60
Professional Career Development $367.50
Psychology Of Human Relations $357.90
Clinical Laboratory I: Urinalysis $597.00
TOTAL $10,485.40
  1. Registration Fee:A non-refundable $15.00 registration fee is assessed to all students when applying for admissions.
  1. Student Fee: A mandatory $250.00 fee is assessed to all students to cover costs related to purchasing student name tags, uniform patches, graduation certificates and awards.
  1. Course Fees: Students are also assessed additional course fees which are used to purchase course supplies and maintain various classroom equipment and facilities. These fees, totaling $4,143.10, are assessed as follows:
COURSE FEES
Basic Transcription $245.00
Career Internship $200.00
Clinical Procedures I $139.10
Clinical Procedures II $159.53
Clinical Procedures III $271.09
Externship $419.21
Graduate Seminar $221.63
Clinical Laboratory II: Hematology $343.85
Keyboarding II $245.00
Math For Healthcare Providers $247.44
Medical Computers $245.00
Medical Terminology II $101.60
Medical Terminology III $132.00
Office Procedures I $230.00
Office Procedures II $250.00
Pharmacology $156.48
Professional Career Development $250.00
Psychology of Human Relations $42.33
Clinical Laboratory I: Urinalysis $343.85
TOTAL $4,243.10

 

  1. Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET): A 4.712% general excise tax is applied to the total of the tuition and all fees, which is $14,993.50.  This amount is $706.50.

Recapping The Tuition & Fees For The Medical Assistant Program

                                          Tuition                                                              $10,485.40

                                                          Registration Fee                              $         15.00

                                                          Student Fee                                       $       250.00

                                                          Course Fees                                       $    4,243.10

                                                          Hawaii GET                                       $       706.50_

                                                          Total Charges                                    $15,700.00

 

Additional Medical Assistant Program Expenses

Uniforms, Books & Supplies

Students must purchase all required books and supplies, as well as white uniforms and shoes (either white nurse’s or athletic). The school sells these required items, but they can also be purchased at local retail outlets. Costs for making these purchases are subject to market conditions; however, in general, a student can expect to pay from $470 to $570 for the required items. A list of uniforms, books and supplies to be purchased is provided at orientation and are required at the start of their academic program.

Additional Costscv

  1. Credit by Examination:  For a fee of $40.00, students who believe they possess the competencies of any particular subject matter in the program may challenge a course with the exception of the Graduate Seminar course, and earn credit by taking a course examination. Examinations should be arranged and taken no later than two weeks prior to the start of the course phase. The course challenge fee is due prior to taking the course challenge exam. Upon successfully passing the course challenge exam, the course fee will be credited from the students’ account.

2. Course Repeats: A student who fails or withdraws from a course may be charged an additional amount to retake the same course. The cost of the course repeat will be based on the specific class rate prorated to reflect the specific number of days that was previously attended. This is to say that if a student fails a course for which s/he attended all 25 days, then the cost for the course repeat will be assessed at the full price of the listed course amount. In determining the number of days attended all absences recorded up until and including the withdrawal or failure date shall be counted as days attended.

  • Exception for First Five Days: No course repeat charges will be assessed for course withdrawals or course failure occurring within the first five (5) days of a phase.
  • Exception for Approved Leave Of Absence (LOA): No course repeat charges will be assessed to a student retaking a phase in which an approved LOA was granted.
  • Returned Check Fee: There will be a $25.00 fee for a check returned unpaid by the bank.
  • Collection Charges:Students who fail to pay outstanding charges according to school policy may be referred to a collection agency. In this event, charges to the student will include all collection fees assessed by the agency to collect on the delinquent account.