Dalton State 2014-15 Catalog

Medical Assisting

Associate of Applied Science

General Information

Each Fall a new group of students are selected for the Medical Assisting program. The deadline to apply for the medical assisting program is September 15th for the Spring Medical Assisting Class and February 15th for the Fall Medical Assisting Class. Students must be accepted into the MA program to be eligible to enroll in the MOAS 1110, 1111, 1189 and 1190 classes.

Accreditation and Credentialing Information

The Curriculum Review Board

The Curriculum Review Board (CRB), which operates under the authority of the Endowment, evaluates medical assisting programs according to Standards adopted by the Endowment and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CRB then recommends programs to CAAHEP for accreditation. Additionally, the CRB fulfills these functions:

  • Regularly reviewing Standards for medical assisting curricula;
  • Conducting accreditation workshops for medical assisting educators;
  • Conducting workshops and conferences for medical assisting program surveyors;
  • Providing medical assisting educators with current information about CAAHEP accreditation laws, policies and practices.

The Accreditation department

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Accreditation department provides staff support to the CRB in the following activities:

  • Developing and implementing strategic plans and policies;
  • Developing meeting agendas;
  • Monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • Developing and interpreting accreditation standards;
  • Coordinating accreditation workshops;
  • Coordinating the recruitment and training of volunteers;
  • Editing reports and coordinating revisions.

The department also provides assistance to programs undergoing accreditation.


CAAHEP is a non-profit, allied health education organization whose purpose is to accredit entry-level, allied health education programs. For more information, go to www.caahep.org.

The A.A.S. Degree in Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

The A.A.S. in Medical Assisting prepares students for potential employment in the business office of a hospital and/or in a physician’s office. This AAS degree meets the requirement for admission to the Dalton State College Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management. This degree requires proof of computer literacy.

General Education
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
MATH 1111College Algebra3
POLS 1101American Government3
Major Field Courses
ALHT 1110Allied Health Terminology3
ALHT 1111Allied Health Terminology II3
BIOL 1107KPrinciples of Biology I4
MOAS 1112Medical Ethics3
CAPS 1101Introduction to Computers3
MLTS 1101Intro to Health Sci/Phlebotomy3
MOAS 1110Clinical Procedures I3
MOAS 1111Clinical Procedures II3
MOAS 1159Medical Office Procedures3
MOAS 1190Clinical Practicum5
MOAS 1189Certification Preparation1
OADM 1150Document Processing I3
OADM 1230Business English3
MOAS 1109Pharmacology and Nutrition3
Physical Education
PHED 1005First Aid/CPR & Cardio Fitness1
Total Hours62

Students must earn a “C” or better in the following courses to successfully complete the program:

ALHT 1110Allied Health Terminology3
ALHT 1111Allied Health Terminology II3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
BIOL 1107KPrinciples of Biology I4
MLTS 1101Intro to Health Sci/Phlebotomy3
MOAS 1110Clinical Procedures I3
MOAS 1111Clinical Procedures II3
MOAS 1190Clinical Practicum5

Biology, math, medical lab technology, and allied health technology courses must have been taken within three years of admission or transfer into the program, or they must be repeated.

All students must submit a background check and drug screen before the student will be allowed to go to the clinical facilities. Facilities may refuse a student based on the information obtained. A student’s failure to be accepted into clinical facilities may jeopardize a student’s ability to complete the program.

Students will need to purchase malpractice insurance when taking MLTS 1101, MOAS 1110, MOAS 1111, and MOAS 1190.

Allied Health Technology Courses

ALHT 1110. Allied Health Terminology. 3-0-3 Units.

A study of medical language including word construction, definition, spelling, and proper usage of terms related to most allied health disciplines. (Career Course)(F, S, M)

ALHT 1111. Allied Health Terminology II. 3-0-3 Units.

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include: an overview of each body system, how systems coordinate activities to maintain a balanced state, recognizing deviations from the normal, and medical terminology including basic word structure and terms related to body structure and function are taught as an integral part of the course. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: ALHT 1110.

ALHT 1170. Caring for Patients. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the student to the nuances of working in a multi-cultural healthcare environment, defines culture, the difference between surfaces and deep culture, and the nature of communication between workers of different cultures. Explores rituals surrounding birth, family structure and relationship, and how to deal with visitors and/or demanding families, cultural differences in expressions of pain, and attitudes toward sickness and death. (Career Course)

ALHT 1175. Healthcare Mgmt Practicum. 0-6-2 Units.

The student will be assigned to an area health care facility to apply the techniques learned in the classroom. Students will meet for a problem-solving seminar on a weekly basis. (Career Course)

Medical Office Assistant Courses

MOAS 1109. Pharmacology and Nutrition. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces basic concepts in pharmacology, nutrition, and diet therapy. Concentrates on broad drug classifications, basic dosing calculations, side effects and actions of the most common medications, essential nutrients, and the effect of diet on health. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: MATH 1102 and ALHT 1110.

MOAS 1110. Clinical Procedures I. 2-2-3 Units.

An introduction into the medical assisting field. Students learn both clinical and communication skills that are performed in the physician's office including the care, use and sterilization of instruments, how to obtain vital signs, and administer electrocardiograms, how to drape and position patients for examination, application of dressings and bandages, and how to asist with minor surgical procedures in the office setting. Students will have met state requirements and been approved by the Department of Human Resources to work with x-ray equipment upon successful program completion. (Career Course)(F,S)
Prerequisites: ALHT 1110, ALHT 1111, BIOL 1100 or BIOL 1107K, MATH 1102 or MATH 1111, and MLTS 1101 within 3 years of applying to the program.

MOAS 1111. Clinical Procedures II. 3-0-3 Units.

Furthers the student's knowledge of the more complex activities in a physician's office. Topics include: collection/examination of specimens; venipuncture; urinalysis; administration of medications including oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intradermal medications; first aid and CPR; physical therapy procedures; and principles of radiology safety. (F,S) (Career Course)
Prerequisites: ALHT 1110, ALHT 1111, BIOL 1100 or BIOL 1107K, MATH 1102 or MATH 1111, MOAS 1110 and MLTS 1101.

MOAS 1112. Medical Ethics. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces students to medical ethics, legal issues and methods of quality assurance, including agencies which regulate health care agencies. Introduces job search and human relations skills. Students will develop an employment package which includes a resume, application letter, and job application form. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: OADM 1150 and OADM 1230.

MOAS 1159. Medical Office Procedures. 3-0-3 Units.

Emphasis on the clerical component of the medical forms including: appointment scheduling, basic finances, medical records, insurance billing and coding. (Career Course)(F,M)
Prerequisites: OADM 1150, ALHT 1110, ALHT 1111.

MOAS 1189. Certification Preparation. 1-0-1 Unit.

Provides a review of basic knowledge from previous courses. Helps the student prepare for the national certification exam for medical assistants. Topics include anatomy and physiology, microbiology and infection control, effective communication, administrative functions, medical law, and ethics, and safety and emergency practices. This class will be taken with MOAS 1190 Clinical Practicum.
Prerequisites: MOAS 1110, MOAS 1111 .
Corequisites: MOAS 1190.

MOAS 1190. Clinical Practicum. 1-12-5 Units.

Students perform a practicum in a physician's office or health care facility. (Career Course)(F,S)
Prerequisites: ALHT 1110, ALHT 1111, MLTS 1101, MOAS 1110, MOAS 1111 and BIOL 1100 or BIOL 1107K (BIOL 1107K required for AAS majors).

Office Administration Courses

OADM 1101. Office Accounting Procedures. 3-0-3 Units.

Students are introduced to the accounting cycle with emphasis on accounting procedures typical in the service business. Students prepare financial statements, work with journals and ledgers, prepare banking statements, and develop skill in the use of spreadsheet software. Peachtree Accounting software is also used in this course, which includes setting up a new business, creating the chart of accounts, recording transactions into the general Journal and posting to the general ledger, creating reports for financial statements (income statement and balance sheet) and discussing how these are used to make business decisions.

OADM 1102. Interm Office Acct Procedures. 3-0-3 Units.

Students continue with the principles learned in OADM 1101, and will learn the procedures for accounting receivables and payables, promissory notes, bad debts, depreciation, accruals and deferrals, partnerships, and corporations. Students use EXCEL and Peachtree to work toward enhancing the skills in the computer environment. Students learn how to add customer and vendor accounts in the Peachtree environment.
Prerequisites: OADM 1101.

OADM 1150. Document Processing I. 3-0-3 Units.

Students are taught the type-by-touch method of keyboarding, file management, and features of Microsoft Office and Word 2007. As the course progresses, students develop skills in formatting business letters, memos, tables, reports applying features of Microsoft Word in preparing these documents. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, proofreading, prioritizing, and decision-making skills. Grammar and spelling rules are also reinforced in this course. This course meets the computer literacy requirement.

OADM 1230. Business English. 3-0-3 Units.

Emphasizes grammar, punctuation, and proofreading principles as they apply to communication in business. Students develop skills in writing effective business emails and/or letters of request, response, claim and adjustment, credit and collection, and regret.

OADM 1250. Professional Development. 3-0-3 Units.

Emphasis is placed on developing job search skills and human relation skills. Each student will prepare an employment package which includes a resume, application letter, and job application form. Time is also spent on in-depth communication skills, interviewing skills, goal setting and a variety of employment issues. (Career Course)(F, S, M)