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Medical Assisting

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Medical Assisting program will prepare you as a multi-skilled healthcare professional who is qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in:

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Coding and processing insurance accounts
  • Billing
  • Collections
  • Computer operations
  • Assisting with examinations and treatments
  • Performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography and supervised medication administration
  • Ethical/legal issues associated with patient care

Accreditation

COA’s Medical Assisting Diploma program at COA – Elizabeth City is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350

CAAHEP

Careers

Employment opportunities include:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Health departments
  • Hospitals

American Association of Medical Assistants

American Medical Technologists

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Resources

See the links below for program-specific admission requirements and other information regarding our program.

Handbook

Admission Fact Sheet

HSWP Admission Comparison Grid

Program Outcomes

ATI TEAS Information

Curriculum Guides

Some Health Sciences and Wellness programs may have additional requirements related to required grade-point averages, grades, and other progression policies required for graduation. Please see program handbooks for more information.

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisites: ENG 011
3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 110 Orientation to Medical Assisting Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 1 n/a n/a 1 1
MED 121 Medical Terminology I Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Prerequisite: MED 121 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 130 Admin. Office Procedures I Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 1 2 n/a 3 2
MED 140 Exam Room Procedures I Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 3 4 n/a 7 5
BIO 163 Basic Anat. and Physiology Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1, and either BIO 090 or high school Biology 4 2 n/a 6 5
Total Semester Hours 18 8 n/a 26 22
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics (OST 149 will be accepted) Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 2 n/a n/a 2 2
MED 131 Admin. Office Procedures II Prerequisite: MED 130 1 2 n/a 3 2
MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 3 4 n/a 7 5
MED 260 Medical Clinical Practicum Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program n/a n/a 15 15 5
MED 262 Clinical Perspectives Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 1 n/a n/a 1 1
MED 264 Medical Assisting Overview Prerequisites: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 2 n/a n/a 2 2
Total Semester Hours 12 6 15 33 20
Second Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy Prerequisites: MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: MAT 043
2 2 n/a 4 3
OST 148 Med Ins and Billing n/a 3 0 n/a 3 3
MED 276 Patient Education Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 1 2 n/a 3 2
Humanities/Fine Arts elective (Students may not take an introductory foreign language course or a communication course as their humanities elective) Prerequisites: varies 3 n/a n/a 3 3
ACC 120 Principles of Financial Accounting Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 3 2 n/a 5 4
BIO 155 Nutrition Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 15 6 n/a 21 18
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Prerequisites: ENG 111 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 272 Drug Therapy Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 3 n/a n/a 3 3
BUS 137 Principles of Management Prerequisites: BUS 110 or MED 131 or CTS 115 3 n/a n/a 3 3
COM (recommend COM 120) Prerequisite: varies
Corequisite: varies
3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 12 n/a n/a 12 12
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 72
First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisites: ENG 011
3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 110 Orientation to Medical Assisting Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 1 n/a n/a 1 1
MED 121 Medical Terminology I Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Prerequisites: MED 121 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 130 Admin. Office Procedures I Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 1 2 n/a 3 2
MED 140 Exam Room Procedures I Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 3 4 n/a 7 5
BIO 163 Basic Anat. and Physiology Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1, and either BIO 090 or high school Biology (BIO 168 and BIO 169 will be accepted — must take both) 4 2 n/a 6 5
Total Semester Hours 18 8 n/a 26 22
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics (OST 149 will be accepted) Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 2 n/a n/a 2 2
MED 131 Admin. Office Procedures II Prerequisite: MED 130 1 2 n/a 3 2
MED 150 Laboratory Procedures I Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 3 4 n/a 7 5
MED 260 Medical Clinical Practicum Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program n/a n/a 15 15 5
MED 262 Clinical Perspectives Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 1 n/a n/a 1 1
MED 264 Medical Assisting Overview Prerequisite: enrollment in the Medical Assisting program 2 n/a n/a 2 2
Total Semester Hours 12 6 15 33 20
Total Semester Hours Required for Diploma 42