Pharmacology 3 credits
This course offers important information that’s essential for your health-care career. You’ll cover drug classifications, dosage calculations, mechanisms of action, therapeutic effects, and adverse reactions of drugs commonly used in medical offices.
- Utilize the Physicians’ Desk Reference.
- Discuss pharmacology basics.
- Calculate basic pharmacology mathematics and dosages.
- Explain medication administration.
- Describe pharmacology for multisystem application.
- Describe medications related to different body systems.
Textbook: Pharmacology: Principles and Applications; PDR Nurse’s Drug Handbook
Business and Technical Writing 3 credits
This course will cultivate your writing style allowing you to effectively create business compositions, documents, and presentations.
- Develop sentences and paragraphs.
- Format memos, letters, and emails.
- Conduct research and correctly site sources.
- Use proper grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.
- Organize and prepare technical and business reports and proposals.
Medical Coding 1 3 credits
This course begins with an overview of coding concepts, terms, and procedures. Explore the system that will replace the ICD-9 in late 2013, the ICD-10, and why it’s important to understand the ICD-9 before learning the new system. You’ll learn how to use the CPT manual and Level II National Codes (HCPCS) in general. Learn the codes for anesthesia, general surgery, the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, pathology, laboratory, and internal medicine.
- Work directly with the ICD-9-CM manual; look up codes; and use them to create medical reports.
- Discuss the components of government and private health care payer systems
- Apply HIPAA regulations.
- Describe the major components of the ICD-10 system, CPT manual, and Level II HCPCS manual.
- Analyze key components for and apply Evaluation and Management coding.
- Use CPT codes to describe procedures involving anesthesia and general surgical treatments.
- Identify major diagnoses, procedures, and codes for the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, cardiology, maternal care and delivery, female genitals, and radiology.
- Differentiate between types of pathology codes.
- Differentiate between inpatient and outpatient reporting guidelines.
- Step-by-Step Medical Coding
- ICD-9-CM Manual
- CPT Manual
Supplement: Transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS
Reimbursement Methodologies 3 credits
In this course, you’ll learn about the different insurance types, what rules govern the submission of claims to each type of insurance, and how to manage outgoing claims and incoming reimbursements.
- Discuss managed care organizations, government insurance, and workers’ compensation plans.
- Practice correct ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, and place of service coding techniques.
- Describe auditing concepts and implement internal auditing.
- Differentiate between physician and hospital billing concepts.
- Explain electronic claims submission, payment adjudication, refunds, and appeals.
Textbook: Comprehensive Health Insurance
Medical Transcription 1 3 credits
In this course, you’ll get started with your transcription work by learning how to use the foot pedal and software provided with the course.
- Operate the transcription hardware and software provided with the course.
- Identify the types of medical reports you will be transcribing.
- Transcribe without editing.
- Proofread your reports after you’re finished and correct any errors.
- Flag material, if needed.
- Identify various types of transcription reports.
- Transcribe reports related to the fields of dermatology, otorhinolaryngology, and ophthalmology.
- Transcribe reports related to the fields of pulmonary medicine, cardiology, hematology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, urology, nephrology, obstetrics, and gynecology.
- Transcribe reports related to the fields of orthopedics, neurology, psychiatry, pathology, and radiology.
- Transcribe practice reports
- Complete a research project
- Medical Transcription Fundamentals and Practice
- Medical Dictionary
- HIV/AIDS Awareness
- Career Development
Learning Aid: Foot pedal and Transcription software
Clinical Procedures Theory 1 1 credit
In this course, students are introduced to clinical procedures theory. Topics include an overview of the medical assisting profession, healthcare settings and the healthcare team, the history of medicine, therapeutic communication skills, coping skills for the medical assistant, the therapeutic approach to the patient with a life-threatening illness, legal considerations, ethical considerations, emergency procedures and first aid, infection control and medical asepsis, the patient history and documentation, vital signs and measurements, the physical examination, basic pharmacology, the calculation of medications, and dosage and medication administration.
- Identify principles of infection control including hand washing, sanitization, and disinfection
- Identify and specify OSHA regulations, specifically the blood-borne pathogen standard
- Name and describe the vital signs, tell how they are assessed, and identify the normal ranges
- List and define the six methods of examination
- Name and describe the various patient positions used for different types of examinations
- Describe the sequence followed during a physical examination
- Demonstrate correct calculation of drug dosages
- List the six “rights” of proper drug administration
- Describe and identify site selection for the administration of injections
Textbook: Clinical Medical Assisting
Clinical Procedures Lab 1 1 credit
Students will be initiated into the clinical aspects of medical assisting, vital signs, and medical asepsis and receive a clinical skills kit that will allow them to receive the hands-on training for those required skill sets. Students will demonstrate competencies in each clinical skill by recording themselves performing the skill or performing the skill under the supervision of an approved proctor. Each skill must be successfully demonstrated and approved by Penn Foster faculty in order to earn credit for the course and advance to the externship. All costs associated with the procedures lab course are the responsibility of the student. These costs are not included in the tuition.
- Measure blood pressure, a radial and apical pulse, and respiratory rate, as well as an oral temperature using a digital thermometer
- Identify and locate pulse sites
- Don and remove sterile gloves and personal protective equipment
- Demonstrate aseptic hand washing
- Withdraw medications from a vial
- Identify and locate intramuscular and subcutaneous injection sites
- Administer oral medications
Externship 1 1 credit
At this point in the Medical Assistant program, the student will complete 40 clinical hours in a variety of settings, such as a family practice, in order to perform all the required skills. The student will be required to complete a daily journal of his/her experiences and document how he/she is completing the course objectives.
- Vital signs
- Practice Standard Precautions
- Taking a medical history
- Medication administration
- Administer injections
- Patient scheduling and office skills
You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.