This course will allow you to develop a healthier lifestyle by making smarter nutritional decisions.
- Explain the various components of nutrition as a science.
- Describe nutrition from a global viewpoint.
- Understand the importance of water and exercise.
- Identify the basics of human growth and aging.
- Discuss food safety procedures.
Textbook: Nutrition for Life
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In this course, you’ll learn about the history, implementation, and enforcement of HIPAA transaction standards and code sets.
- Recognize the scope of the law for health-care providers as well as the insurance industry.
- Understand the reasons for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
- Discuss the importance of protected health information.
- Differentiate between privacy, confidentiality, and security.
- Describe the Security Rule and its impact, safeguards, and challenges.
- Review HIPAA transactions and code sets.
- Define the role of the Office of HIPAA Standards (OHS) and Office of the E-Health Standards and Services (OESS).
Textbook: HIPAA for Health Care Professionals
Learn the essential knowledge and skills about sports nutrition.
- Discuss the latest research and information on caloric needs.
- Create and manage a dietetic regiment for optimizing performance.
Learn how to improve your use of words, gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, listening skills, and overall physical appearance to better communicate your message. This course is designed to help you develop professional relationships in the workplace.
- Understand and explain the components of communication, both verbal and nonverbal.
- Develop effective listening and observation skills.
- Recognize prejudice in interpersonal relations.
- Describe personal traits essential for successful interpersonal relations.
In this course, you’ll be introduced to billing cycles and how health information technology is used in medical offices. You’ll also learn about basic accounting transaction terminology and apply this information to enter patient charges and payments.
- Discuss the history of electronic health records
- Perform administrative health information management functions
- Build an electronic health record
- Enter information into an electronic health record
- Utilize templates to increase productivity
Textbook: The Electronic Health Record for the Physician's Office with SimChart for the Medical Office
Simulation: SimChart for the Medical Office
Learning Aid: Certification Test Prep
Students will finish the final portion of Clinical Procedures Theory. Topics covered include obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, gerontology, male reproductive system, examinations and procedures of body systems, assisting with office/ambulatory surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and therapeutic modalities, nutrition in health and disease, electrocardiography, safety and regulatory guidelines in the medical laboratory, introduction to the medical laboratory, phlebotomy, venipuncture, capillary puncture, hematology, urinalysis, basic microbiology, specialty laboratory tests, the medical assistant as an office manager, the medical assistant as a human resource manager, preparing for medical assisting credentials, and employment strategies.
- Medical Assistant’s role in assisting with specialty examinations and procedures
- Medical Assistant’s role in assisting with minor office/ambulatory surgeries.
- Define surgical asepsis and list the basic rules to follow to protect the sterile areas
- Name four methods of sterilization List the supplies and equipment necessary to achieve surgical asepsis when using an autoclave
- Identify the storage measures and expiration periods for autoclaved items
- Identify a variety of surgical instruments and their intended uses
- Identify various positions used during X-ray procedures
- List X-ray procedures that require special patient preparation
- Identify the importance of correct posture and body mechanics as well as safety precautions and techniques used when helping a patient to ambulate and when pushing a wheelchair
- Identify various treatment modalities used in patient rehabilitation
- Distinguish between water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins List various therapeutic diets and describe the theory of how each can help to control or prevent particular disease processes
- Identify the importance of nutrition at various stages of life
- List reasons that a patient may need an electrocardiogram (ECG) and what are artifacts and how to prevent them from occurring.
- Identify the 12 leads of an ECG and what area of the heart each of the leads represents
- List various types of ECGs and their capabilities
- Identify the components of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988 (CLIA) and the importance of CLIA to the medical assistant
- Describe the medical assistant’s role in phlebotomy and the venipuncture technique for drawing blood using a syringe, vacuum tube system, butterfly, or capillary puncture
- Identify proper collection and preservation and quality control when working with specimens
- Explain how to safely handle microbiology specimens
- Identify the role of the human resources manager
- Explain the function of the office policy manual
- Describe the purpose of professional certification and the various credentials available
- Differentiate between being certified and registered
Textbook: Clinical Medical Assisting (received during the shipment of ALH209)
In this course, students will continue to use the materials required to complete the skills from the clinical skill kit provided to them for Clinical Procedures Lab 1 and 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.
- Sterilize and disinfest surfaces and equipment
- Recognize appropriate site placement for EKG leads
- Identify veins for venipuncture
- Collect a sputum specimen
- Understand the regulations of OSHA and CLIA
- Provide patient education for a mid-stream urine specimens and metered dose inhalers
- Perform pediatric mensuration
In the last course of the Medical Assistant program, the student will complete 160 clinical hours in a variety of settings (such as cardiology, ambulatory surgery, neurological, OB/GYN, pediatrics, gastroenterology, family practice, and urgent care) in order to be able to get all of the required skills completed. The student will be required to complete a daily journal of his/her experiences and document how he/she is completing the course objectives.
- Perform coding, billing, and collections in the office setting.
- Obtain pediatric growth measurements
- Obtaining lab specimens
- Perform venipuncture and capillary puncture
- Assisting the physician during exam
- Perform sterile technique
- Operate an autoclave
- Teaching patients self-examination and providing patient education
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.