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Medical Assistant

Become one of tomorrow’s heroes

Medical assistants perform important tasks in doctor’s offices, hospitals and healthcare facilities of all types. From scheduling appointments and checking patients in, to measuring vitals and helping with exams, they’re often the frontline in patient care.

As the population ages, the demand for skilled professionals is only going to increase, with an expected growth of 19% by 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s much faster than the national average of all jobs. We offer a blended learning environment. Each course is a combination of on-campus and online experiences. This provides the ideal balance of hands-on activity and convenience.

In the Medical Assistant program at WTI, you’ll learn the skills you need to pursue a career in this field and prepare for a career like:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Clinical Care Specialist
  • Medical Lab Assistant
  • Sterilization Technician

Program Objective

Courses available at Wichita, Topeka, Joplin and Tulsa campuses.

The Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position in a physician’s office, a medical clinic, or laboratory. The program prepares the graduate to perform various technical and administrative skills in order to function as a member of a health care team. The student develops skills in phlebotomy, electrocardiograms, medication administration, minor surgical techniques, emergency medical procedures and office procedures. During the program, all students will be eligible for certification with American Medical Technologist (AMT) as a certified Registered Medical Assistant after passing the RMA examination for medical assistants.

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ASSOCIATE PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

Courses available at Wichita Main campus only.

The objective of this program is to prepare students to perform tasks for entry-level employment as a Computer Service Technician or Networking Systems Technician.

This program prepares students to perform tasks associated with installing, upgrading and maintaining computer network systems in a LAN/WAN environment. The course is taught using a combination of theory and practical applications in a laboratory environment. In order to provide the students with a well-rounded quality educational experience; students will be introduced to general education college-level courses that will afford them the future security of an Associates of Occupational Studies degree. To be considered for enrollment into this program, all admissions requirements must be met.

CLASSES YOU'LL TAKE

Introduction to Medical Office Basics 4 Weeks5 QCH

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will be introduced to computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. An introduction to anatomy and physiology through the study of cell and tissue structure and function is also included. Introduction to professionalism in the work place. Lastly, the students are introduced to math for health care professionals including adult and child dosage calculations.

Intermediate Medical Office Basics 4 Weeks5 QCH

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will continue training on computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. A continued review of systems relative to their anatomy and physiology. An introduction into basic pharmacology principles as well as adult and children’s medication dosing. Continued professionalism in the work place.

A&P w/Pharmacology and Research Project 4 Weeks5.5 QCH

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will continue with computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. A continued review of systems anatomy and physiology throughout this course. Pharmacological forms and medication administration. Adult and pediatric dosing. Applied research project.

Front Office Procedures 4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to assist the student to demonstrate hands-on competencies in regards to front-office procedures, which includes appointment scheduling, preparing reports, electronic patient information data entry, correct documentation, maintenance of medical records (either paper or electronic form), proper telephone techniques and time management.

 

Health Insurance 4 Weeks5 QCH

During this course, the student will develop a basic understanding in the use of the ICD-10-CM coding system, as well as insurance billing. The student will learn about commercial and federal programs for insurance carriers. The billing process and the insurance claims payment process along with how to avoid insurance fraud and abuse is covered. Lastly the students will learn how to write letters of appeals.

Electronic Medical Records and Research Project 4 Weeks5.5 QCH

The student will be introduced to more advanced computer usage, basic word processing concepts and formatting of documents. Lastly, this course will address the health information management within a medical office, oral or written communication, medical ethics and legal standards of today’s demanding HIPAA regulations mandated by the federal government, licensure requirements, and the rights of the physician and patient.

Phlebotomy 4 Weeks5 QCH

During this class you will receive an introduction to phlebotomy, its history, types of lab personnel, types of departments and phlebotomy equipment. Laboratory safety rules and OSHA guidelines will be re-emphasized. Advanced pharmacology training will include learning the skills needed for appropriate patient education regarding drug classifications relative to body systems. Sterile fields and equipment sterilization techniques will also be emphasized. The students will also work on advanced medical terminology and spelling. Medication dosing administration will also be emphasized.

Healthcare Math and Medical Administration 4 Weeks5 QCH

During this course, the students will continue to develop interpersonal and technical skills required for competent blood specimen collection in both hospital and out-patient settings. Laboratory safety rules and OSHA guidelines will be re-emphasized. The students will learn to recognize symptoms, assist patients and administer appropriate care and/or first aid, understand basic theory and techniques of performing an EKG, including patient positioning and draping, proper lead placement and waveform representation in relationship to electrical and physical activities of the heart. Included will be continued study of medical terminology, spelling and adult as well as pediatric dosing. Lastly, advanced pharmacology training will include learning the skills needed for appropriate patient education regarding drug classifications.

Clinical Patient Care and Research Project 4 Weeks5.5 QCH

During this course, the students will continue with the development interpersonal and technical skills required for competent blood specimen collection in both hospital and out-patient settings. Laboratory safety rules and OSHA guidelines will be re-emphasized. The student will also explore other phlebotomy related duties relative to specialty specimen collection, processing and CLIA waivered testing. Also introduced to the student will be a basic understanding of x-ray. Advanced pharmacology training will include learning the skills needed for appropriate patient education regarding drug classifications as they relate to specific body systems. Lastly the student will complete a research project.

MA Review and RMA Exam Prep 5 Weeks6 QCH

During this course the students will be in a classroom setting for RMA preparation and the RMA exam, along with focusing on resume preparation, job hunting techniques, interviewing, and employment expectations. CPR certification and First Aid training will be completed during this course as well. Final clinical skills review and demonstration of skill competency will be completed as well. The Career Prep/Externship quarter is only offered for the 8:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. class period.

180 Hour Externship 7 Weeks7 QCH

During this period of time the students will complete 180 hours for their externship. Students will be placed at various industry related companies to gain hands on experience in the field. Site visits will be conducted by the externship coordinator on a frequent basis to check up on progress at the site. Once the student has successfully completed the hour’s necessary and the externship coordinator has received a positive report from the site, the student will meet the schools externship and graduation requirements.

Total48 Weeks59.5 QCH

DIPLOMA PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

Courses available at Wichita Main campus only.

The objective of this program is to prepare students to perform tasks for entry-level employment as a Computer Service Technician or Networking Systems Technician.

This program prepares students to perform tasks associated with installing, upgrading and maintaining computer network systems in a LAN/WAN environment. The course is taught using a combination of theory and practical applications in a laboratory environment. To be considered for enrollment into this program, all admissions requirements must be met. The credits awarded from this diploma program are transferrable into our CTNA AOS degree program

CLASSES YOU'LL TAKE

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