Medical Assisting (MDA) at Virginia Highlands Community College

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MDA 100 - Introduction to Medical Assisting
Introduces the student to the medical practice environment. Stresses the responsibilities of the humanistic approach in the rendering of health care.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
MDA 101 - Medical Assistant Science I
Provides an in-depth study of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pathology for the medical assistant. Focuses on clinical application and decision-making in the health environment.
Lecture 4-5 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 6-7 hours per week.
4-5 credits
MDA 102 - Medical Assistant Science II
Prepares students to perform patient care procedures including but not limited to respiratory care procedures, basic nursing arts, equipment maintenance, and patient teaching.
Lecture 1 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits
MDA 104 - Medical Assistant Science IV
Prepares students to perform diagnostic tests and assist with physical examinations including ECG administration, basic pulmonary function, testing, catheterization and assisting with minor surgery including sterilization.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
MDA 107 - Pharmacology for Medical Assistants
Focuses on the administration of medications by the Medical Assistant. Introduces general principles of drug action, pharmacology of the major drug classifications, and drug effects.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
MDA 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
MDA 203 - Medical Office Procedures
Instructs the student in the practice of the management of medical offices in areas such as receptionist duties, telephone techniques, appointment scheduling, verbal and written communications, medical and non-medical record management. Explains library and editorial duties, inventory, care of equipment and supplies, security, office maintenance, management responsibilities, placement, and professional ethics and professionalism.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
MDA 209 - Medical Office Insurance
Focuses on various medical insurance policies with in-depth study of health insurance and managed care including capitation versus few for service in the HMO area. Discusses managed care companies in this area and their requirements.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits