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MA 2113: BASIC PHARMACOLOGY WITH AN OVERVIEW OF MICROBIOLOGY

Prerequisite: Admission into the Medical Assisting program.

Topics to be covered in addition to introductory pharmacology will include basic chemistry as it applies to the medical laboratory and a brief overview of microbiology and immunology. Basic pharmacology as it relates to the drug interaction with each of the body systems and classifications of drugs will be covered. Students will utilize the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) in the course.

Lecture: 3 hours; Ozark Allied Health Fee: $60.

MA 2123: MEDICAL OFFICE COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND INSURANCE

This course will prepare the medical assistant to work as an administrative medical assistant in a health care facility. Students are introduced to the computerization of the medical office using current operation systems. Topics covered will include recording patient?s information, scheduling appointments, various types of insurance, printing reports, producing patient statement and claim forms and filing electronic claims.

Lecture: 3 hours; Ozark Allied Health Fee: $60.

MA 2133: MEDICAL ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE

Introduction of medical office administrative procedures. Topics include written and oral communication, medical records management (paper, and electronic), various office filing systems, account receivable and payable procedures, patient education and emergency preparedness plan.

Lecture: 3 hours; Ozark Allied Health Fee: $60.00.

MA 2143: CODING PRINCIPLES FOR THE MEDICAL OFFICE

A study of the principles of disease coding using the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM classification system and procedural coding using CPT-4 for use in the physician office. Areas emphasized during the course include: the purpose of coding, the definition of key terms, and accurate application of coding principles, and methods to assure quality data.

Ozark Allied Health fee: $60.

MA 2153: MEDICAL ASSISTANT ROLE IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

This course is designed to train students in the role of the medical assistant during emergency situations and be able to transfer their skills to real world situations. Students will apply critical thinking skills in a response to stressful scenarios including a variety of environmental disorders, natural disasters and emergency situations.

Ozark Allied Health fee: $60.

MA 2213: MEDICAL LABORATORY ORIENTATION AND INSTRUMENTATION

Prerequisite: Admission into the Medical Assisting program.
Co-requisite: MA 2212.

This course is concerned with both the theoretical and practical application of a wide range of clinical duties performed by the medical assistant and medical technologist. Topics covered will include hematology, urinalysis, hematostatic processes, body chemistry, microbiology, and blood typing.

Lecture: 3 hours; Ozark Allied Health Fee: $60.

MA 2214: MEDICAL LABORATORY ORIENTATION AND INSTRUMENTATION LAB

Prerequisite: Admission into the Medical Assisting program.
Co-requisite: MA 2213.

Topics covered will include laboratory orientation, laboratory procedures/ techniques, introduction to clinical laboratory instrumentation (both manual and automated), quality control principles, and care of equipment.

Laboratory: 4 hours; Ozark Allied Health Fee: $80.

MA 2222: MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICE LABORATORY

Prerequisite: Admission into the Medical Assisting program.
Co-requisite: MA 2223

This course is designed to allow for practice in local area clinics. Students will complete a two-hour laboratory in the simulated lab and will be assigned to three hours in area clinics on a weekly basis. While at the medical facility students will apply the theories and concepts covered in MA 2023 and MA 2034.

Laboratory: 5 hours weekly; Ozark Allied Health Fee: $40.

MA 2223: MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICE

Co-requisite: MA 2222.

Topics covered will include examination room techniques, sterilization procedures, operation and care of electrocardiograph, assisting with minor surgery, physiotherapy, pharmacology, medications and specialist assisting. Students must subscribe to malpractice liability insurance.

Ozark Allied Health Fee: $60.

MA 2233: LEGAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICES OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE

A study of the principles of law as applied to the health field, with special emphasis to the Medical Assistant?s role in the medical office. Consideration is given to the importance of personal health records as a legal document, HIPAA rules, Patient?s Bill of Rights, and Confidentiality guidelines. The course will also address moral and ethical responsibility in the medical office.

Ozark Allied Health fee: $60.

MA 2312: MEDICAL ASSISTANT SEMINAR

Co-requisite: MA 2314.

A seminar following the internship (practicum). Topics discussed will be based on those arising from the student's experiences while on his/her internship. Resume building, interview techniques and employment procedures will also be covered, along with extensive practice for the medical assistant certification examination.

Ozark Allied Health Fee: $40.

MA 2314: MEDICAL ASSISTING PRACTICUM

Co-requisite: MA 2312

First summer term. This course is scheduled at the end of the program for the student to have the opportunity to perform various clinical and administrative procedures under supervision. The student will remain in a medical facility for a period of four weeks (160 hours). Assignments may be made anywhere in Arkansas. Students must assume the full financial responsibility for this assignment. Students must subscribe to malpractice liability insurance.

Ozark Allied Health fee: $40.

MA 2993: SPECIAL TOPICS IN MA

This course is designed to introduce students to specific areas in Medical Assisting. Course content and credit are designed to meet the needs of the student. The topic will vary from offering to offering; thus, the course may be taken more than once for a total of 6 hours. This course requires 15 clock hours per one semester credit hour.

Allied Health Fee: $60.