Medical Assistant

900 Hours: 45 Weeks
Credential Issued: Certificate

Upon completion of the Medical Assisting program graduates can seek employment as an entry-level Medical Assistant. The graduating student will have the basic skills in both the administrative and clinical procedures of a medical office, hospital, ambulatory, and other healthcare facilities. Graduates will have the skills necessary to work as phlebotomists, EKG technicians, hospital / healthcare facility admissions assistants, hospital department clerks, insurance coders, and chiropractic assistants.

The program includes training in front office administration, patient interactions and procedures, and back office procedures. Students learn theory and skills, complete various tests and assessments plus an externship.

Programs of four hundred fifty (450) or more clock hours or the credit hour equivalent shall administer a basic skills examination to each student who enrolls, unless the student has provided evidence of a high school graduation diploma, general equivalency diploma, or its equivalent.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- The student must have parental or guardian consent and signature if less than 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Have a personal interview.
- Submit a signed enrollment agreement.
- Submit a medical report attesting to good health. There is a fee.


Course # Course Title Theory Lab/Clinic Ext. Total Hours
HHMA 101 Health Careers Core 40 40
HHMA 102 Basic Medical Assisting 30 30 60
HHMA 107 HIV/AIDS and Infection Control Procedures 4 4
HHMA 112 Employment Skills 6 6
HHMA 103 Computer Concepts 10 20 30
HHMA 109 Medical Coding and Insurance 30 30 60
HHMA 104 Medical Terminology 60 60
HHMA 105 Anatomy and Physiology 60 60
HHMA 106 Assisting with Medical Specialties 50 50 100
HHMA 108 Clinical Skills for Medical Assistants 60 60 20 140
HHMA 110 Medical Office Procedures 30 30 20 80
HHMA 111 Allied Health Clinical Skills 30 30 60
HHMA 113 Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant 40 40 80
HHMA 114 Medical Assisting Externship 120 120
Totals 450 290 160 900
- Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, Text and workbook by Alexandra P. Young, Deborah B. Proctor, 12th Edition, Elsevier Health Sciences, ISBN# 978-1-4557-2678-3, 2014
- The Human Body in Health and Illness, Text and workbook by Barbara Herlihy, 5th Edition, Saunders 2014
- Human Diseases by Marianne Neighbors & Ruth Tannehill-Jones, 3rd Edition, Thomas Delmar Learning 2009
- Medical Assisting Administrative and Clinical Competencies by Michelle Blesi, 7th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2011
- ECGs made easy by Barbara Ahlert, RN, BSPA, 4th Edition, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009
- Clinical Procedures for Medical Assisting by Booth, Whicker, Wyman, Pugh, Thompson, 3rd Edition, Mc Graw-Hill, 2009
- Phlebotomy Essentials by Ruth E. Mc Call, Cathee M Tankersley, 5th Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011
- Phlebotomy: Worktext and Procedures by Robin S. Warekois, 3rd Edition, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011
- Administrative Procedures for Medical Assisting by Booth, Whicker, Wyman, Pugh, Thompson, 3rd Edition, Mc Graw-Hill, 2009
- Introduction to Health Careers by Sabrina Hutton Edmond, Publisher: Xlibris Corporation, 2011
- Radiography Essentials for Limited Practice by Bruce W. Long, 3rd Edition, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009
- Medical Transcription Fundamentals by Diane Gilmore, Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009
- ICD-9-CM volumes 1, 2, & 3 Professional and HCPCS Level II Professionals by Carol J. Buck, Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Tuition & Fees
Tuition and other registration fees are due on or before the last day to register for any given semester. Tuition and other registration fees are due on or before the last day to register for any given semester. Students should consult the Academic Calendar regarding the registration deadline. Students will not be officially enrolled in Healing Hands Institute until all fees are fully paid. Any students owing money to Healing Hands Institute, regardless of the debt, will not be permitted to register.
The selection process of Healing Hands Institute will allow for admission of students on the basis of the applicants’ academic credentials in addition to a review of all the information contained in the application, both academic and personal. For that reason, applicants may also submit letters of recommendation in order to give Healing Hands Institute a complete picture of the applicant, as a student and as a person.
Admissions requirements to specific graduate programs may vary – students should refer to the program descriptions found in the Catalog for additional information.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Institute. An applicant’s total undergraduate record including grades, educational objective and pattern of courses completed, as well as personal and professional goals will be considered.

Payment Methods
Financial Aid Advisement
The school is not accredited or approved for Title IV funding. The school does not offer Financial Aid. The admissions representative provides information about payment plans. Advisement includes determining if the individual wants to pay in full or make a deposit and pay the balance in installments. Tuition and fees may be paid by credit card, check, or money order at the Administration Department. On or before the last day of the Registration Period, the students should have either

- paid in full
- or paid a deposit of $100.00 or more and elected to participate in the Payment Plan that allows students to pay in installments.

Those students who choose to pay in installments during the semester must do so according to the Payment Plan, with a minimum deposit of $100.00 and the rest paid in installments with no interest charges, payable on Installment Due Dates, as set forth by each individual student. All installments must be paid one month prior to the end of the semester. All late payments will have a penalty of $25 late fee charge to the account.

Course Wheel

This course teaches the student about the various occupations in the health field and the delivery system for health care. The student will be instructed in the art of communication and interpersonal skills. The legal and ethical aspects of health care are taught. Understanding the differences between wellness and disease is also taught. What to do in an emergency as well as safety and security factors.
The student is introduced to medical assisting. Explanations of “back office” and “front office” are given. The duties of a medical assistant are explained. The importance of the new HIPPA laws are taught and the rationale behind them.
This course educates the student on using a computer for easy record keeping. Using a word processor is the basic part of this computer literacy portion. Employability skills which include, how to dress, how to answer frequently asked questions during an interview are addressed in this part of the course.
The student is taught medical terminology as it relates to body structures and function. Medical Abbreviations are taught as are the correct names for surgical procedures
The student is taught the complexity of the human body, all the systems and how they relate to each other. Common illness relating to all systems is included.
The students as Medical Assistant is responsible for performing a wide variety of procedures in different specialties, with and understanding of how this specialty function the MA can obtain skills needed to become valuable asset to the physician and help a patient in each of specialties in performing the patient assessment, patient care and education acting as the patient’s advocate.
The students should take every opportunity to educate patients about infection process and about ways to prevent the transmission of disease.
This course will teach the student the art of venipuncture, proper collection of specimens and performing blood typing. Specimen for microbiology testing most is collected in such a way as to prevent the introductions of any contaminating microorganism. Also how to use a microscope and centrifuge are incorporated into this course.
EKG: Student learns to assist the physician with obtaining an EKG strip. Placement of leads and troubleshooting is also taught.
X ray: The course will teach the student to position patients for basic x-rays. Provide appropriate protection for patients and staff in the presence of ionizing radiation and maintain a safe working environment in radiological work areas.
Prerequisite: HHMA 103
Translation: A student must take HHMA 103 before taking HHMA 109
This course offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims, complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures. The course covers Current Procedural Terminology or CPT (Introduction, guidelines, evaluation and management), specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology and laboratory), International Classification of Diseases or ICD-9 (Introduction and guidelines). Student will learn how to find the service codes using coding manuals (CPT and ICD-9).
This course teaches the student what is expected of the medical assistant when assisting the physician with supplies and instruments need for the physical examination. Preparing a chart for the client, getting a history and making the client feel comfortable helping in positioning and draping for the physical examination.
This course will provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of minor surgical protocols and procedures. Instruction includes the storage, care and handling of instrumentation including disinfection and sterilization, as well as an understanding of OSHA Standards and aseptic technique for the surgical area. Appropriate techniques and methods for performing minor treatments as directed by the physician will also be covered.
This course teach how can the medical assistant prepare for his or her first job, how can organize the job search. Understand the three types of employee skills strength. Discuss legal and illegal interview question. Prepare and discuss resume. Complete job application. Make a cover letter and know the purpose and the benefits of “thank letter”, and how to excel in the job search process.
This course will cover topics to identify commonly administered drugs , their uses and effects; use of correct pharmaceutical abbreviations and terminology ; identify various methods and routes of drug administration; calculate dosage and administer pharmaceuticals to correct anatomical sites , to correct patient, by correct route of administration, and the correct time and chart correctly ; demonstrate knowledge of the legal and ethical standards related to the administration and the dispensing of drugs in the office setting under the doctor’s supervision; demonstrate appropriate techniques to prepare and administer non- parenteral medications (solid & liquids) ; prepare and administer parenteral medications ; reconstitute powdered drugs ; prepare injections from ampules and vials ; administer intradermal injections; administer subcutaneous injections; administer intramuscular injections and administer Z – track intramuscular injections.
Prerequisite: HHMA 101, HHMA 102, HHMA 107, HHMA 112, HHMA 103, HHMA 109, HHMA 104, HHMA 105, HHMA 106, HHMA 108, HHMA 110, HHMA 111, HHMA 113
Translation: A student must take HHMA 101, HHMA 102, HHMA 107, HHMA 112, HHMA 103, HHMA 109, HHMA 104, HHMA 105, HHMA 106, HHMA 108, HHMA 110, HHMA 111, HHMA 113 before taking HHMA 114
The student will work in a physician’s office, sharpening the skills that were learned in the school. He/ She will work under the direction of an experienced Medical Assistant.

Retention Rates

2013 - 2014 2014 -2015 2015 - 2016
Students Retention Students Retention Students Retention
Total 12 100% 19 100% 8 100%

Placement Rates

2013 - 2014 2014 - 2015 2015 - 2016
Placement Rate Placement Rate Placement Rate
Total N/A 79% N/A
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