2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Sep 19, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

AHS 120 - Foundations of Medical Assisting I


Description: Introduction to the role of the Medical Assistant. Preparation for work in a medical office including legal aspects, communication, customer service and records management.

Prerequisites: BIO 160  (or BIO 201  and BIO 202  ), AHS 100  , AHS 105  and AHS 130  

Credits: 3
Lecture: 2
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Legal aspects of health care 
  2. Infection control and asepsis principles 
  3. Basic psychology principles 
  4. Customer and patient relations 
  5. Verbal and nonverbal communications 
  6. Emotional reactions to illness 
  7. Medical office administrative functions 
  8. Medical records management 
  9. Medical office emergencies 
  10. Basic nutrition and therapeutic diets 
  11. Outpatient coding and insurance 
  12. Diversity and culture in health care 
  13. Financial bookkeeping and billing 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify legal concerns in the physician's office. (1) 
  2. Use infection control procedures. (2) 
  3. Apply basic psychological principles. (3-6) 
  4. Utilize techniques of customer and patient relations. (3-6,12) 
  5. Administrate medical office. (3,7) 
  6. Manage medical records. (7,8) 
  7. Respond to medical emergencies. (9) 
  8. Explain basic nutrition principles. (10) 
  9. Differentiate between diagnostic and procedural coding. (11) 
  10. Utilize financial management principles. (11, 13)