MA Program of Study

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****11/15/19 - THE MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM HAS CHANGED, AND THE NEW CURRICULUM BELOW IS EFFECTIVE AS OF FALL, 2020****

 

The Medical Assisting (MA) program offers one track to becoming a Medical Assistant, which includes both administrative and clinical training.

 

The program takes three semesters (one year) total, upon completion of pre-requisites. 

 

Students start by taking the pre-requisite classes listed here:

  • ANAT 140 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology 1.5 units
  • HLC 140 Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology 1.5 units
  • HLC 160 Medical Terminology 3 units
  • LIR 10 Intro to Information Literacy 1 unit
  • PSYCH 1A General Psychology 3 units

                                     Pre-Requisite Unit Total: 10 Units

 

Students then start in the Fall, Semester 1, by taking the following introductory core MA classes:

  • MA 160 Intro to Medical Office Practice - 3 units 
    • Pre-reqs are ANAT 140, HLC 140, HLC 160, LIR 10, PSYCH 1A
    • Co-reqs are MA 161, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167
  • MA 161 Law & Ethics for the MA - 1 unit
    • Pre-reqs are ANAT 140, HLC 140, HLC 160, LIR 10, PSYCH 1A
    • Co-reqs are MA 160, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167
  • MA 162 Disease Processes - 4 units 
    • Pre-reqs are ANAT 140, HLC 140, HLC 160, LIR 10, PSYCH 1A
    • Co-reqs are MA 160, MA 161, MA 163, MA 167
  • MA 163 Beginning Clinical Skills for MA - 3 units 
    • Pre-reqs are ANAT 140, HLC 140, HLC 160, LIR 10, PSYCH 1A
    • Co-reqs are MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 167
  • MA 167 Basic Diagnostic Coding (hoping to offer this online only) - 1.5 units
    • Pre-reqs are ANAT 140, HLC 140, HLC 160, LIR 10, PSYCH 1A
    • Co-reqs are MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 163

                                     Fall Semester 1 Unit Total: 12.5 Units

 

Students then continue in the Spring, Semester 2, by taking the following MA classes:

  • MA 164 Theories of the Clinical Lab - 2 units
    • Pre-reqs are MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167
    • Co-reqs are MA 165, MA 168, MA 169, MA 174
  • MA 165 Pharmacology and Administration of Medications - 3 units
    • Pre-reqs are MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167
    • Co-reqs are MA 164, MA 168, MA 169, MA 174
  • MA 168 Basic Medical Office Insurance Billing (hoping to offer this online only) - 1.5 units
    • Pre-reqs are MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167
    • Co-reqs are MA 164, MA 165, MA 169, MA 174
  • MA 169 Procedural Coding (hoping to offer this online only) - 1.5 units
    • Pre-reqs are MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167
    • Co-reqs are MA 164, MA 165, MA 168, MA 174
  • MA 174 Intermediate Clinical Skills for MA - 4 units
    • Pre-reqs are MA 160, MA 161, MA 162, MA 163, MA 167
    • Co-reqs are MA 164, MA 165, MA 168, MA 169

                                       Spring Semester 2 Unit Total: 12 Units

 

Students then continue in the Summer, Semester 3, by taking the externship:

  • MA 176 Externship (240 hours in 8 weeks, roughly 30 hours/week) - 4 units
    • Pre-reqs are MA 164, MA 165, MA 168, MA 169, MA 174

 

                                        Summer Semester 3 Unit Total: 4 Units

 

All courses must be taken in the same order as the sequence shows.

 

Any students who have unique situations and/or questions, please contact the MA Program Coordinator, Kat Slusser by email (preferred) at KSlusser@SantaRosa.edu or call the office at (707) 524-1720.

 

Be sure to see a counselor, visit Guides for Transfer in Specific Majors, and check how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another at ASSIST.

 

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