Sample Classes: Professional Medical Assistant

Salter’s Medical Assistant Curriculum 

Salter’s hands-on courses for the Professional Medical Assistant program will prepare you with the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills you need to start your new career in the field of healthcare. Read below to find out about some of the classes you will take.

  • Course
    Description
  • Clinical Procedures I
    This course introduces students to the medical clinical work setting. It focuses on 1) universal precautions and infection control, 2) vital signs and physical measurements, 3) assisting doctors with exams, 4) medical histories, charting, and filing, 5) minor surgical procedures, 6) medical specialty exams and screenings, and 7) examination and procedures of body systems.
  • Clinical Procedures II
    In this course, students will strengthen their skills learned in Clinical Procedures I, and will also receive training in 1) clinical laboratory regulations and quality control, 2) common laboratory tests and handling lab specimens, 3) venipuncture theory and practice, and 4) patient preparation for electrocardiogram.
  • Clinical Procedures III

    This course continues the clinical training model, and includes 1) guidelines in administration of medications, including methods of administering injections, 2) medical ethics, professional behavior, communications skills and teamwork, and 3) CPR and First Aid.

  • Electronic Health Records I and II

    Electronic health records (EHR) are being used in more and more offices to maintain patient records. These courses provide a comprehensive overview of EHR management. Students will study how to use common EHR software so that they are prepared to use their skills in any medical office. When students complete these courses successfully, they will have the EHR skills they need for today’s job market.

  • Pharmacology
    This course is designed to familiarize students with pharmacology terms, abbreviations, and calculations used in the preparation of medication. The course also covers topics such as 1) the components involved in reading prescriptions accurately, 2) Drug Enforcement Agency regulations, and 3) how to use drug reference books. Each body system will be looked at separately with regard to common categories of medications used to treat disorders of these systems. 
  • Office Procedures
    This course teaches basic medical office procedures. Topics include: 1) medical office accounting systems, 2) patient ledger cards, 3) professional fees, 4) credit arrangements, 5) petty cash, 6) posting of daily patient charges, 7) making bank deposits, 8) billing practices, 9) payroll, 10) filing in a medical office, 11) proper telephone techniques for the medical office, 12) risk management, and 13) confidentiality and HIPAA.
 

The courses at Salter prepare our graduates to perform a wide array of clinical and administrative functions in the healthcare environment. The curriculum culminates in an externship in which the students have the opportunity to put their new skills to work in a real clinical setting. The combination of theoretical knowledge and clinical skills helps to prepare our graduates for a successful career in the medical industry.

 

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