Medical Assisting

VCC Medical Assistant program prepares you to manage the administrative and clinical aspect of a medical setting. Perform routine administrative tasks to keep the offices of physicians and other health practitioners. Duties include answering telephones, updating and filing patients’ medical records, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handling billing and bookkeeping. Assists physicians to carry out procedures, care for patients, administer medications and perform basic lab tests. The Medical Assistant works in a physician’s office, or hospital setting. Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classification Code (SOC 31-9092). The program consists of 320 hours of classroom instruction and a 160-hour Clinical externship. Total clock hours of 480. This program will prepare you to take the Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), Billing and Coding (CBCS) examination through the National Healthcare Association (NHA). There are no prerequisites for this program.

Objectives
After completing this course participants will be able to understand and perform the following
* Define key medical terminology
* The qualities of a successful Medical Assistant
* Patient confidentiality
* The role of the Medical Administrative Assistant in maintaining patient rights as stated in federal and state regulation
* Apply the steps involved in communication process and methods used in communication
* Update and file patient’s medical records
* Schedule appointments, reminder for upcoming visits,
* Manage incoming and outgoing financial transactions for the medical practice
* Accurately code inpatient and outpatient procedures using HCPCS level 1 and 11 codes
* Explain the basic format of the CPT-4 system
* Apply the basic steps in coding diagnoses using the new ICD-10 coding system
* Maintaining and updating patient profile
* Organize facility files to maintain efficient system
* Prepare and maintain medical record
* Assist patient in completing insurance form, insurance billing, insurance related questions on Medicare, Medicaid, Worker’s Compensation, Disability Compensation, CHAMPUS/CHAMPVA/TRICARE
* Assist physician with examinations, Perform basic wound care
* Document patient’s current symptoms, risk factors, and other concerns that will help the primary physician deliver an accurate diagnosis
* Administer medications, Coordinate prescription refills as needed
* Demonstrate the administration of oral and injectable medications
* Draw blood and other bodily specimens
* Adhering to professional standards, policies and procedures, state, and local requirements, and JCAHO
* Keep supplies ready by inventory stock, placing orders, verifying receipt
* Prepare laboratory specimens, perform laboratory tests on the premises
* Sterilize medical instruments, administer medications on the premises
* Prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, change dressing

Tuition $5,500.00
Registration Fee: (Non-Refundable) $ 125.00
STRF Fee (required by the State of California) $ 0.00
Total Paid to School $5,625.00

OTHER EXPENSES OUT OF POCKET (APPROXIMATE)
CPR/BLS: $ 65.00
Textbook/Workbook (required) $ 200.00
CCMA/CMAA Certification $ 270.00
Uniform (Required) $ 40.00
Background check and drug screen $ 80.00
Supplies (stethoscope, sphygmomanometer) $ 40.00
Total Out of Pocket $695.00

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