Medical Assisting Diploma

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Medical Assisting Diploma Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Career Development
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Fundamentals in Clinical Techniques
  • Clinical Laboratory Applications & Diagnostic Procedures I
  • Clinical Laboratory Applications & Diagnostic Procedures II
  • Medical Assisting Capstone
  • Medical Assistant Experiential Externship

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2


The Administrative Medical Assistant course is designed to educate students on legal & ethical responsibilities, the importance of critical thinking, intrapersonal and communication skills, office policies, maintenance of office equipment, organization, confidentiality, insurance information, government issued policies and acts, documentation as well as functionality and maintenance of paper & electronic medical records. The students will demonstrate competency of basic computer systems, applications, coding, documentation , legal and ethical responsibilities, customer service skills as well as communication skills throughout the course in various structures such as exams, case scenarios or hands on demonstrations.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: HSA 2264
Credits: 3


This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSC 1531
Credits: 4


A study of the United States legal system and court process with emphasis on legal and ethical issues within the healthcare environment. Fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, and professional practice law and ethics will be covered. The course will include a project that is specific to the student's program of study.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSC 2641
Credits: 4


In this course, students will begin to develop and apply skills in injections, phlebotomy, and basic vital signs. They will begin to understand reasoning and sequencing of immunizations, basic lab functions, and applied lab skills as well as learn basic CPR. In addition, students will recognize proper techniques in providing efficient patient care within a clinical setting and applied knowledge of basic laboratory coding.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: MEA 1350
Credits: 6


In this course, students will begin to develop and apply learned applied skills and procedure technique within Pulmonary, Audiology, and Opthamology. Students will also learn patient care assessement, procedures, and applicable tests within Women’s Health, the importance of good nutrition in conjunction with an understanding of common eating disorders. In addition, students will learn to work with common injuries and treatment of Orthopedics. Student’s will gain overall knowledge within various clinical department settings.

Prerequisite:"Fundamentals in Clinical Technique, Medical Terminology, and Structure and Function

Course ID: MEA 1460
Credits: 6


In this course, students will begin to develop and apply learned patient care assessment, procedures, diagnosis, and treatments within clinical departments to include Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Urology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Special Needs and Disability patient care. In addition, students will recognize proper assessment and utilize basic skills in working with patients dealing with a terminal illness in addition to identifying the psychological states of death or dying. In this course, students will also learn basic procedural coding, where applicable.

Prerequisite:"Fundamentals in Clinical Technique, Medical Terminology, and Structure and Function

Course ID: MEA 1570
Credits: 6


In conjunction with the Medical Assisting Externship, students will complete an online Medical Assisting Capstone course. In this course, students will learn job-search techniques and kills for entry-level medical assistants as well as share and learn from their externship experiences with the class. Students will also prepare to sit for a Medical Assisting credential examination during this course (either the CMA or RMA depending on campus accreditation status).

Prerequisite:None

Medical Assisting Externship

Course ID: MEA 2820
Credits: 2


In conjunction with a Medical Assisting Capstone, students will complete 180 hours of a Medical Assisting training experience in a physician’s office/clinic or medical center. While on the clinical site, the extern will perform medical assisting job duties in both the front-office administrative and the back-office clinical areas, in order to develop on-the-job learning skills. Under no circumstances will the student extern receive pay for the externship hours worked.

Prerequisite:"Successful completion of all Medical Assisting core courses except Career Development and Seminar courses

Course ID: MEA 2895
Credits: 6

General Education Courses

Lower Division

Communication (Required course)

  • Introduction to Communication

The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: COM 1002
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Required course)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: PHA 1500
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Required course)

  • General Psychology

This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: PSY 1012
Credits: 4

General Education Credits: 12

Major and Core Credits: 39

Total Associate's Degree Credits: 51*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

* Minnesota students must take MEA 2976 Medical Assisting Professional Externship (6 credits) instead of MEA 2895 Medical Assisting Experiential Externship.

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