Medical Assistant

FAQs

Program Questions

Q: How much does the MA program cost?

A: Regular tuition, books, student fees, uniforms, and the CMA exam is approximately $5200 total.

Q: How long does the MA program take to complete?

A: The MA program takes 3 semesters, or 49 credit hours.

Q: What are the required courses for the MA program?
A:       PSY 1100 – Lifespan Human Growth and Development (SS), 3 cr          
          Fundamentals of growth and development relating to effective human relationships within the family and the study of                         behavior and cultural influences from infancy through adulthood.

MA 1100 - Medical Terminology, 2 cr
Course uses videos, supplemented lecture and covers 350 medical word roots, suffixes and prefixes. Emphasis placed on pronunciation, spelling proper usage of medical terminology. Medial abbreviations are also introduced.

MA 1200 - Medical Office Management, 4 cr 
Prereq: Proof of word processing proficiency. Medical procedures including: billing, schedules, mail, telephones, office machines, computer hardware and software. Law and ethics, charting and other procedures as pertaining to the medical office.

MA 1210 – Practical Medical Office Mgt., 2 cr
Prereq: Proof of word processing proficiency. Recommended coreq: MA 1200. Practical application of procedures taught in MA 1200. Students must type 30 wpm and demonstrate proficiency, passing all competencies outlined in the course with an 80% (B-) grade or better by the end of the semester before advancing in the program.

MA 1300 – Clinical Pharmacology,4 cr
Prereq: MA 1100 and MA 1420. Class will discuss the fate of drugs in the body including detailed information on various types of meds most commonly used in the medical office.

MA 1310 – Medication/Phlebotomy Skills, 2 cr
Prereq: MA 1200, MA 1210 and MA 1420. Students apply practical applications of administration of medications, collection of blood specimens by capillary and phlebotomy methods and administration of IV fluids. Dosage calculation includes oral, injection, and IV fluids.

MA 1420 – Clinical Pathology, 3 cr
Structure and Function of body systems includes cell structure and chemistry and structures of skin, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. Pathology is introduced to prepare the student for medical office triage and appropriate treatment for related disorders.

MA 1600 – Patient Care, 2 cr 
Prereq: MA 1100, PSY 1100 and MA 1420. Theory and principles concerning fundamental skills necessary for care of patients in the medical office. Practicing aseptic tech, sterilization equipment, assessing vital signs, assist with examinations, such as OB/GYN, peds, and nutrition.

MA 1610 – Practical Patient Care, 4 cr
Prereq: MA 1100, PSY 1100 and MA 1420. Recommended coreq: MA 1600. Course applies practical skills taught in MA 1600. Competencies include medical/surgical asepsis, patient vital signs, assisting with routine/specialty exams in ENT, Ortho, Neuro, Uro, Resp, Peds, OB/GYN, Geriatrics.

MA 2240 – Medical Office Communication, 2 cr
Prereq: MA 1100, MA 1200 and MA 1210. Verbal and nonverbal communication between physician, staff, patients, and support personnel. Office correspondence using WP software, including resume, cover letters for externship, interpersonal skills, and the ADA.

MA 2300 – Medical Coding Procedures,3 cr
Prereq: MA 1100 and MA 1420. Introduction and practice with current procedural terminology (CPT) and international classification of disease (ICD) coding procedures, HCPS for optimal reimbursements, as practiced in the medical setting.

MA 2310 – Advanced Medical Coding, 4 cr
Prereq: MA 1100, MA 1420, MA 2300, MA 2420 or instructor approval with industry requirements met. This elective course is intended for students who have completed MA 2300 or have met industry standards as a medical coder/biller to take the AHIMA or AAPC certification examinations. This is achieved by advanced classifications of disease (ICD-9) coding procedures, HCPCS for optimal reimbursements as utilized in such medical settings as hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices.

MA 2420 – Clinical Pathology II, 3 cr
Prereq: MA 1420. Structure and Function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, renal, pulmonary, GI, and reproductive body systems. Pathology is introduced to prepare the student for medical office triage and appropriate treatment of related disorders seen in a clinical setting.

MA 2540 – Practical Radiology, 2 cr
Prereq: MA 1420, MA 1600 and instructor approval. Theory and principals of basics of x-ray exams in the office. It includes physics as it pertains to x-ray, use and care of machine, proper mass KvP and time, darkroom procedures and patient protection, discussion of licensing requirements.

MA 2550 – Practical Application-Radiology, 3 cr
Prereq: MA 1420, MA 1600 and instructor approval. Recommended coreq: MA 2540. Practical application of principles and theories taught in MA 2540, including patient positioning for chest x-ray, extremities, pelvis and x-rays using the phantom.

MA 2600 – Advanced Patient Care, 2 cr
Prereq: MA 1420 and MA 1600. Theory and principles of advanced skills for care of patient in the medical office including; EKGs, instruments identification, tray set-up, patient exam, bandaging, Pt triage first aid and ortho. Lab skills, hematology, UA, OSHS regs. precaution.

MA 2610 – Practical Adv. Patient Care, 4 cr
Prereq: MA 1310. Coreq: MA 2600. Application of practical skills taught in MA 2600. Competencies include recording ECG, assisting with office surgeries, ortho, maintain a sterile field, laboratory testing of blood, urine and body fluids, applying nutrition principles.

MA 2810 – Medical Assistant Externship, 4 cr
Prereq: Successful completion of all required courses w/74%. Students are placed into a health care facility for 200 hrs. unpaid supervised practicum. Students to perform procedures learned in the program. Students are evaluated twice during the externship. Students must return all pages for grades.

MA 2990 – Special Studies in Radiology                                                                                                                                                 2-6 cr
Prereq: MA 2540, MA 2550 or instructor approval. Study of anatomy, proper patient positioning, setting tech factors and evaluation of radiographs of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, skulls and paranasal cavities. Credits: 1 for skull; 1 for spines; 1 for paranasal sinuses.

Q: What does a typical schedule look like for the MA program?
A: Sample Schedule (below)

Semester One CR Semester Two CR
MA 1100 Medical Terminology 2 MA 1300 Clinical Pharmacology 4
MA 1200 Medical Office Management 4 MA 1310 Med/Phelobotomy Skills 2
MA 1210 Practical Med Office Management 2 MA 1600 Patient Care 2
MA 1420 Clinical Pathology I 3 MA 1610 Practical Patient Care 4
PSY 1100 Human Growth and Developement 3 MA 2240 Med Office Comm 2
MA 2420 Clinical Pathology II 3
Total 14 Total 17
Semester Three CR
MA 2300 Med Coding Procedures 3
MA 2540 Practical Radiology 2
MA 2550 Practical Appl Radiology 3
MA 2600 Adv Patient Care 2
MA 2610 Practical Adv Patient Care 4
MA 2810 Medcal Asst Externship 4
Total 18

Q: Can I take the MA program part time?
A: Yes, but it will take longer to complete the MA program because classes must be taken in sequence.

Q: What MA program courses are taught online?

A: The following MA program courses are taught online: MA 1100 Medical Terminology; MA 1300 Clinical Pharmacology; PSY 1100 Human Growth & Dev. You may go to the following SLCC Class Schedule link to see all SLCC online classes.

Q: What days and times are the courses for the MA program?

A: MA courses are taught from about 9am until about 9pm, all days of the week, except Sunday. You may go to the following SLCC Class Schedule link to get specific days and times for MA program courses.

Admissions Questions

Q: What is the admission process for the MA program?

A: Students may go to the Admission Process link to see the admission process for the MA program.

Q: How often are students admitted to the MA program?

A: Students are admitted to the MA program every Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Q: How many seats are available per cohort?

A: 20 seats are available per cohort.

Q: Is there a waitlist for the MA program?

A: There is no waitlist for the MA program.
Q: Do all the immunizations and CPR Certification need to be completed before applying to the MA program?
A: Every immunization on the MA Immunization Form must be completed before applying to the MA program, except the following:
- Annual Influenza Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (student must have two of the three dose series upon application)
- Hepatitis A (highly recommended but not required).
Students must have CPR and first aid certification before placement in a practicum site and graduation from the program.

Career Questions
Q: What is the career outlook and average pay for a Medical Assistant?
A: The following link will provide the career outlook and average pay for a Medical Assistant in Salt Lake County.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Questions
Q: How can I apply for Financial Aid?
A: Students can apply for financial aid by going to the Financial Aid webpage.
Q: How can I apply for scholarships and/or tuition waivers?
A: Students may go to the SLCC Scholarships & Tuition Waivers webpage, or the Financial Aid & Scholarships link for Division of Allied Health programs.