Diploma in Medical Assistant

This curriculum features a supervised clinical externship at a medical facility that includes competencies, logs and evaluations completed by the student. At the completion of the program, graduates who have diligently attended class and their externship, studied and practiced their skills should have the necessary skills to seek entry-level employment as medical assistants.

The Missouri College Medical Assistant diploma program covers a variety of subjects, including medical practice, medical law and ethics, medical communications, medical records, insurance, patient preparation and basic laboratory procedures and tests. Graduates will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate workplace skills of maintaining interpersonal relationships and communicating effectively in a professional medical environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, function and diseases of the systems of the human body.
  • Accurately use the medical terminology related to the anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, pathology and procedures that apply to each body system and medical specialty.
  • Recognize the codes used for diseases and treatments, using them accurately in interpreting and recording medical information and processing insurance information.
  • Understand and apply legal and ethical concepts pertaining to a medical workplace.
  • Demonstrate patient related clinical duties and laboratory procedures.
  • Perform the administrative duties of medical office management.

Coursework in this program is grouped around knowledge and skills required for administrative and clinical medical assisting. For example:

  • In Medical Office Administration, students examine principles of financial and practice management and administrative medical assisting common to healthcare settings. Topics include communication and interpersonal relations; patient reception, education, and processing, supervision and training of personnel, equipment and supply inventory, accounts payable and receivable and liability and risk management.
  • In Clinical Procedures, students study procedures common to the medical office, including preparing and positioning patients, determining height and weight, documenting patient histories, setting up and using equipment and assisting with general and specialty examinations. Focus is on practical skill development and adherence to OSHA and PPE guidelines.
  • In Medical Assistant Externship, students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a selected healthcare setting. Students will be evaluated by both qualified medical personnel from the site and program faculty and will document observed and performed procedures.

Other required courses in this program include:

  • Student Success
  • Medical Terminology – All Body Systems
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Safety in the Healthcare Environment
  • Health Records, Coding, and Reimbursement
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Blood
  • Electrocardiography
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary
  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Endocrine, Reproductive, Nutrition
  • Medical Laboratory Procedures
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Musculoskeletal, Nervous, Integumentary
  • Hematology

Course curriculum is subject to change.