Medical Assisting Diploma
Offered at the Following Campuses
Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals dedicated to assisting with patient care management, in an ambulatory care setting, such as physician's offices and clinics of all sizes, and other outpatient facilities. This practitioner performs administrative and clinical duties under the supervision of a licensed physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling and receiving patients, obtaining patient data, purchasing and maintaining supplies and equipment, handling insurance matters, office accounts, fees and collections. Clinical duties may include assisting with examinations and treatments, taking medical histories, performing certain diagnostic tests, maintaining instruments and equipment, preparing, administering and documenting medications, collecting and processing specimens. The Medical Assisting program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma.
The standard curriculum for the Medical Assisting program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program in the Fall semester on the Vidalia Campus and Spring semester on the Swainsboro Campus, once all core classes are completed. To graduate, diploma-seeking students must earn a minimum of 57 semester credit hours. The program generally takes 6 semesters to complete.
*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.
- Prospective students seeking admission into the Medical Assisting Program will enroll in the Medical Administrative Technician program initially.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 17 years of age;
- Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Advanced Placement is not available for the Medical Assisting Program at Southeastern Technical College.
- All MAST courses must be completed with a “C” or better in order to sit for the AAMA (CMA) exam.
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.
(Prerequisites: MATH 0097 OR Appropriate arithmetic placement test score.) Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.
(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
(Prerequisites: MATH 1012) (Co-requisites: MATH 1111) Prepares students in understanding the application of mathematics in their health science program courses. The topics included are basic mathematics, medical terminology, mathematical conversions, weight and measurement applications used in health science programs. Additionally, problem solving strategies, basic principles of medication administration, and research in health science will be incorporated into the course competencies.
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) This course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include introductions to computer and digital terminology and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.
(Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000) Introduces the basic concept of medical assisting and its relationship to the other health fields. Emphasizes medical ethics, legal aspects of medicine, and the medical assistant's role as an agent of the physician. Provides the student with knowledge of medical jurisprudence and the essentials of professional behavior. Topics include: introduction to medical assisting; introduction to medical law; physician/patient/assistant relationship; medical office in litigation; as well as ethics, bioethical issues and HIPAA.
(Prerequisites: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, MATH 1012) (Co-requisites: MAST 1090, MAST 1110) Introduces medication therapy with emphasis on safety, classification of medications, their actions, side effects, medication and food interactions, and adverse reactions. Also introduces the basic concept of arithmetic used in the administration of medications. Topics include: introduction to pharmacology; dosage calculation; sources and forms of medications; medication classification; and medication effects on the body systems.
(Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000) Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: office protocol, time management, appointment scheduling, medical office equipment, medical references, mail services, medical records, and professional communication.
(Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000) (Co-requisites: MAST 1100, 1120) Introduces the skills necessary for assisting the physician with a complete history and physical in all types of medical practices. The course includes skills necessary for sterilizing instruments and equipment and setting up sterile trays. The student also explores the theory and practice of electrocardiography. Topics include: infection control and related OSHA guidelines; prepare patients/assist physician with age and gender-specific examinations and diagnostic procedures; vital signs/mensuration; medical office surgical procedures and electrocardiography. A $20 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of items used for lab: for example, testing kits.
(Prerequisite: MAST 1080, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090) (Co-requisites: MAST 1030, MAST 1110) Furthers student knowledge of the more complex activities in a physician's office. Topics include: collection/examination of specimens and CLIA regulations/risk management; urinalysis; venipuncture; hematology and chemistry evaluations; applied clinical microbiology; advanced reagent testing (Strep Test, HcG, etc.); administration of medications; maintenance of medication and immunization records; medical office emergency procedures and emergency preparedness; rehabilitative therapy procedures; principles of radiology safety and nutrition. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of items used for lab: for example, testing kits.
(Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000) (Co-requisites: MAST 1080, MAST 1120) Emphasizes essential skills required to file insurance claims within the medical practice. Provides information on types of third party plans, managed care policies and procedures, and insurance coding conventions. Topics include: managed care, reimbursement, and coding.
(Prerequisite: MAST 1100, ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000, ENGL 1010) (Co-requisites: MAST 1030, MAST 1090) Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice in the areas of computers and application of computer skills, electronic health records, accounting procedures, and practice management software. Topics include: accounting procedures and application software.
(Prerequisites: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, COMP 1000) (Co-requisites: MAST 1080, MAST 1100) Provides review of anatomy and physiology per body system and fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders or each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted including: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: review of anatomy and physiology and diseases of the body systems.