Medical Assisting Diploma

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Medical Assisting Diploma Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Career Development
  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Customer Service in Healthcare
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Pathophysiology
  • Electronic Health Records and Medical Office Procedures
  • Clinical Skills I
  • Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional
  • Clinical Skills II
  • Laboratory Skills for Medical Assisting
  • Radiography Skills
  • Medical Assisting Clinical Externship
  • Medical Assisting Capstone

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.


Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

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.

Course ID: G150
Credits: 4

This will prepare students to deliver outstanding customer service in a healthcare setting by providing them with an understanding of the factors that influence the perceptions of external and internal customers. Topics covered in this course include; the psychology of patients, customer service in a diverse world, listening skills and effective communication techniques.


Course ID: M100
Credits: 1

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.

Course ID: M120
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.

Course ID: M230
Credits: 4

Students will learn basic concepts and terminology related to diseases and disorders of the human body. Focus is on the structure, nature, causes, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of selected human body systems.

Prerequisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: M232
Credits: 5

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the administrative duties performed in the medical office. Concepts covered include: preparing, filing and maintaining medical records; knowledge of the various types of health insurance coverage, coding and reimbursement; confidentiality and guidelines for releasing health information; and effective oral and written communication skills.


Course ID: M270
Credits: 4

In this course students will begin their study of the essential and basic core of front-office and back-office medical-assisting skills. They will learn the basics of the medical-assisting profession, and will master knowledge and skills including communication and technology, patient centered care, safety and emergency plans, patient assessments and encounters, medical documentation, medication administration, asepsis and infection control, vital signs, and diagnostic procedures. They will follow applied-learning approaches to all skill-development and performance objectives.

Pre or Co-requisites: Human Anatomy and Physiology I; Medical Terminology; Attendance of Programmatic Orientation in first quarter

Course ID: MA110
Credits: 4

This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.

Course ID: MA135
Credits: 4

Students will continue their study of the essential and basic core of back-office medical assisting skills. They will master knowledge and skills including patient examination and assessment, performing electrocardiography, performing venipuncture, performing medication administration, minor surgical procedures, procedures for medical emergencies, first aid and CPR, and behaviors influencing health. They will also learn basic steps for finding employment and advancing in their careers. Students will follow applied-learning approaches to all skill development and performance objectives.

Prerequisite:Clinical Skills I

Pre- or Co-requisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Course ID: MA145
Credits: 4

In this course students will study medical laboratory procedures and techniques that are significant to medical and laboratory assistants and other healthcare professionals. They will learn about laboratory equipment and safety, and issues of patient confidentiality. They will learn to collect specimen samples by venipuncture and patient instruction and perform laboratory procedures including urinalysis and hematology, chemistry, immunology, and microbiology testing.

Prerequisite:Clinical Skills II

Pre- or Co-requisite:Pathophysiology

Course ID: MA225
Credits: 4

A comprehensive study for limited scope of practice in radiography. Skills and processes covered will be: radiation protection, equipment operation and quality control, image production and evaluation, and patient care and education, along with radiographic procedure modules that will cover each anatomic region. The course is designed to prepare students for the examination for Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography and possible employment as an X-ray operator.

Prerequisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Course ID: MA250
Credits: 3

In conjunction with a Medical Assisting Capstone, students will complete 240 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.

Prerequisites:Completed series of Hepatitis B immunizations; Completion of a 2-Step Mantoux screening test within 6 months of starting externship; Completion of all immunizations or verifications of immunity required by program and site; Successful completion of background check (clear background check obtained); Attendance at Rasmussen College Externship meeting held by Program Coordinator; Attendance at externship site orientation (if required by site); Successful completion of all Medical Assisting core courses except Career Development and Seminar courses; Approval of Medical Assisting Program Coordinator

Course ID: MA281
Credits: 8

In conjunction with the Medical Assisting Externship (MA265), students will complete an online Medical Assisting Capstone course. In this course, students will learn job-search techniques and skills 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 he CMA or RMA depending on campus accreditation status).


Co-requisiteMedical Assisting Externship

Course ID: MA285
Credits: 2

General Education Courses

English Composition (Required course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Foundation Courses

  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Practical Math

This course develops students' reading and writing skills in preparation for college-level coursework. Through review of grammar, punctuation, and the writing process, students will enhance their ability to compose sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. The study of active reading strategies will provide students with the tools necessary for comprehending collegiate-level texts.

Course ID: B080
Credits: 4

Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Diploma Credits

General Education Credits: 4

Major and Core Credits: 56

Total Diploma Credits: 60*

* 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.

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