Dalton State 2013-14 Catalog

Medical Assisting



General Information

Each Fall and Spring 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 and 1190 classes. MOAS 1110 and 1111 must be completed before enrolling in MOAS 1190.

Application deadline for Fall MOAS 1110 and 1111 classes is Feb. 15.

Application deadline for Spring MOAS 1110 and 1111 classes is Sept. 15.

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;
  • Providing assistance to programs undergoing accreditation.

All students must submit a background check and drug screen before the student will be allowed to go to the clinical facilities. Students will need to purchase malpractice insurance when taking MLTS 1101, MOAS 1110, MOAS 1111, and MOAS 1190.


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 Certificate in Medical Office Administration 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


This program prepares students for potential employment in a physician’s office. This program requires proof of computer literacy.

General Education
BIOL 1100Human Biology3-4
or BIOL 1107K Principles of Biology I
ENGL 1100Communication Skills *3
MATH 1102Medical Mathematics3
or MATH 1111 College Algebra
READ 1100Reading Skills *3
Major Related Courses
ALHT 1110Allied Health Terminology3
ALHT 1111Allied Health Terminology II3
MLTS 1101Introduction to Health Science3
MOAS 1109Pharmacology and Nutrition3
MOAS 1110Clinical Procedures I3
MOAS 1111Clinical Procedures II3
MOAS 1112Medical Ethics3
MOAS 1159Medical Office Procedures3
MOAS 1189Certification Preparation1
MOAS 1190Clinical Practicum5
OADM 1150Document Processing I3
OADM 1230Business English3
Physical Education
PHED 1005First Aid/CPR & Cardio Fitness1
Total Hours49-50


Students who meet or exceed the required degree-level learning support minimums may choose to take ENGL 1101 for ENGL 1100 and/or ENGL 1102 for READ 1100 when recommended by their advisor.


In order to successfully complete the program, students must earn a “C” or better in the following courses:

ALHT 1110Allied Health Terminology3
ALHT 1111Allied Health Terminology II3
BIOL 1100Human Biology3-4
or BIOL 1107K Principles of Biology I
MATH 1102Medical Mathematics3
MLTS 1101Introduction to Health Science3
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.

Clinical facilities used by the program may require students to submit to background checks and drug screenings before the student will be allowed in the facility. 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.


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)