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BECOME A VITAL MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL TEAM

The healthcare industry is booming, and it's exciting to enter a field where your career can be both rewarding and in demand!1

Our Medical Assisting program helps prepare you for a professional career in healthcare. Your coursework includes: vital signs, medical billing, medical records, phlebotomy, and more. Plus, your coursework includes an externship where you'll gain real-world experience in a medical environment!

With your Medical Assisting degree, you can put your skills to work at a variety of medical facilities, including doctor's offices, clinics, and hospitals.

WE'LL PAY FOR YOUR CERTIFICATIONS

Your coursework will help to prepare you to test for healthcare-related certifications, which add value to your degree. We'll even cover the cost of certification—up to $500!2

WE'LL PAY FOR YOUR CERTIFICATIONS

Your coursework will help to prepare you to test for healthcare-related certifications, which add value to your degree. We'll even cover the cost of certification—up to $500!2

residency and externship

At IU on campus, you'll get hands-on training and experience that prepares you for your externship. If you are an online student, you will be flown to our facilities in Salt Lake City for the weekend—with travel, food, and lodging on us—to get the hands-on training you need to start your externship.

LOCATION

Independence University is conveniently located in Ogden, Utah. You will enjoy easy parking, friendly local faculty and staff, and modern, comfortable buildings with smaller, personalized classes.

This program is offered at the following location:

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Our Medical Assisting program teaches you the knowledge and skills medical employers are looking for. You will learn how to:

  • Complete patient histories
  • Take and measure vital signs
  • Give patients injections
  • Perform basic laboratory procedures
  • Complete general medical office procedures
  • Demonstrate compassionate, professional patient communication skills

Medical Assisting

With a good foundation in several medical areas, your Medical Assisting degree can prepare you for a Medical Assistant career. Use your degree to open the door to a better career.

program

Course Name Credits

APP 110
Business Computer Fundamentals

This course explores the introductory use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. Students will learn computer skills, including document and spreadsheet creation and presentation techniques. Emphasis is on utilization of basic application skills to complete general business tasks.

Prerequisites: None.

MED 286
Cardiac and Respiratory Systems

This course covers the structural organization and the major organs of the human cardiac and respiratory systems. Normal function of each system, disease and disorders related to each system, and pertinent diagnostic and treatment protocols will also be covered. Upon completion, students will understand gross anatomy of these systems, manifestations of diseases and disorders relative to these systems, and diagnostic & treatment modalities.

Prerequisites: None.

MED 287
Endocrine, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems

This course covers the structural organization and the major organs of the human endocrine, urinary, and reproductive systems. Normal function of each system, disease and disorders related to each system, and pertinent diagnostic and treatment protocols will also be covered. Upon completion, students will understand gross anatomy of these systems, manifestations of diseases and disorders relative to these systems, and diagnostic & treatment modalities.

Prerequisites: None.

EXT 106
Externship I

This is the first of three externship courses. In this course, the student will complete 34 hours of externship at an approved location and is supervised by the on-site professional(s) assigned to the student by the Externship Team at the College. During the externship, the student gains proficiency to an employer-acceptable level as a Medical Assistant. All hours are volunteered and no remuneration is allowed.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of MSC295 and weekend Residency.

EXT 107
Externship II

This is the second of three externship courses. In this course, the student will complete 33 hours of externship at an approved location and is supervised by the on-site professional(s) assigned to the student by the Externship Team at the College. During the externship, the student gains proficiency to an employer-acceptable level as a Medical Assistant. All hours are volunteered and no remuneration is allowed.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of MSC295 and weekend Residency.

EXT 108
Externship III

This is the third of three externship courses. In this course, the student will complete 33 hours of externship at an approved location and is supervised by the on-site professional(s) assigned to the student by the Externship Team at the College. During the externship, the student gains proficiency to an employer-acceptable level as a Medical Assistant. All hours are volunteered and no remuneration is allowed.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of MSC295 and weekend Residency.

MED 110
Introduction to Healthcare, Documentation, Law, and Ethics

This course introduces communication and professionalism for medical assistants in ambulatory patient care setting. Students learn the fundamentals of medical office procedures, including patient reception, privacy and confidentiality, appointment scheduling, financial record keeping, insurance billing and work schedule coordination. This course provides experience in processing records for outpatient settings using a medical office software program. This course also addresses ethical and legal requirements in a healthcare setting.

Prerequisites: None.

MED 288
Lymphatic, Immune, and Digestive Systems

This course covers the structural organization and the major organs of the human lymphatic, immune, and digestive systems. Normal function of each system, disease and disorders related to each system, and pertinent diagnostic and treatment protocols will also be covered. Upon completion, students will understand gross anatomy of these systems, manifestations of diseases and disorders relative to these systems, and diagnostic & treatment modalities.

Prerequisites: None.

LBT 282
Medical Aseptics & Clinical Procedures

This course introduces clinical, procedural skills, communication and professionalism for medical assistants in ambulatory patient care, including preparing and caring for patients during specialty exams. Students will review the aseptic protocols mandated by OSHA, emphasizing asepsis, sterilization of equipment, care of surgical instruments, taking and recording vital signs, and basic pharmacology and administration of medications, including injections. Students will practice specimen collection and perform CLIA-waived tests. Students will also review the role of medical assistants in minor surgical procedures and patient treatments. Satisfactory performance will be measured with national and community practice standards for Medical Assisting.

Prerequisites: None.

MED 298
Medical Assisting Capstone

This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of the program subject matter. Students are required to explain concepts, processes, and theory presented throughout the program with a professional level of competency. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate competency by passing a national Medical Assisting certification exam.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all courses, or with the consent of the Dean.

MED 215
Medical Coding

This course introduces students to CPT (Current Procedural Terminology), ICD.10 (International Classification of Diseases 10th revisions) and HCPCS (Health Care Procedure Coding System). This course will explore the clinical classification systems through the use of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding principles. Within this course the student will learn to code through reference books and electronic format in order to complete medical insurance forms and insurance filing. Students will learn to properly fill out insurance forms and understand electronic claim submission. Students also learn about different health insurance programs, government programs, and managed-care programs.

Prerequisites: None.

MED 117
Medical Office Calculations

This course provides a review of basic numerical concepts as applied to a medical environment. Students will review fractions, decimals, and percentages in order to understand measurement systems and conversions in the medical field. Students will be introduced to dosage calculations as well as basic measurements and probability related to healthcare. Upon completion of this course, students will have introductory knowledge and proficiency along with understanding and training related to healthcare calculations to be more prepared for entry-level employment as a Medical Assistant.

Prerequisites: None.

MED 101
Medical Terminology

This course introduces students to the terminology used in the medical field by first identifying and defining prefixes, suffixes and root words from their Greek and/or Latin origins and identifies acceptable abbreviations. Emphasizes the further understanding and use of standardized terminology and approved abbreviations in relation to its role in medical documentation and use by third party payers. Completion of this course provides students with mastery of medical terminology and its use and significance in permitting effective communication in the medical field.

Prerequisites: None.

MED 285
Musculoskeletal, Nervous, and Integumentary Systems

This course covers the structural organization and the major organs of the human musculoskeletal, nervous, and integumentary systems. Normal function of each system, disease and disorders related to each system, and pertinent diagnostic and treatment protocols will also be covered. Upon completion, students will understand gross anatomy of these systems, manifestations of diseases and disorders relative to these systems, and diagnostic & treatment modalities.

Prerequisites: None.

PHR 155
Pharmacology and Injections

Topics presented in this course include drug classifications, measuring medications and dosage calculations, administering medications, injections, and documentation requirements related to each topic area. Instruction includes occupational math and metric conversions, use of PDRs and related medical books. Common abbreviations used in prescription writing and related legal implications/requirements are also presented. The professional role of the MA in patient education and the rights related to medication administration are additional topics addressed in the course. Upon completion of this course, students with be more informed and knowledgeable about medications, in general, and about the appropriate and legal administration of medications.

Prerequisites: MED 117, or with the consent of the Dean

LBT 296
Phlebotomy & Laboratory Procedures

This course is focused on the education and practical administration of procedures and protocols related to phlebotomy and other hematological related procedures within an appropriately equipped lab. Students are presented the fundamentals of the purposes, techniques, and recording of diagnostic laboratory procedures commonly performed: Emphasizes patient preparation for diagnostic studies, preparation of specimens for laboratory study, and safety measures.

Prerequisites: None.

CSS 295
Professional Development

In this course, students apply the techniques and strategies learned within the Psychology of Motivation for more in-depth exploration of relevant employment resources, for the development of documents to submit in job application processes, including resumes, cover letters, reference letters, follow up correspondence, and other written communications. Through the course, students will enhance individual verbal communication and interview skills. Students will also learn how to prioritize job search activities, and to appropriately manage and organize relevant documents and records. Upon completion of this course, students will have completed a portfolio of resources and documents to support their current and future job searches and be more informed about the strategies and processes that can more effectively support such efforts.

Prerequisites: None.

CSS 105
Psychology of Motivation

This course introduces students to the skills, characteristics, and habits that will help them be successful in a college environment and future careers. Such a desire for goal-oriented behavior is commonly referred to as motivation, and such motivation can propel students toward accomplishing their academic and vocational goals. Couse topics include time management, problem solving, goal setting, career planning and preparation, and a range of additional student success strategies. Upon course completion, students will be more informed and better prepared to progress in their programs and in their efforts to advance their desired career goals (i.e., students will be more academically prepared in knowledge and practical training within an occupational area and also enhance their abilities to support their job searches and submitting application documents such as documents created using standard writing guideline formats).

Prerequisites: None.

MED 113
Vital Signs, Emergencies, & Cardiopulmonary Procedures

This course provides instruction in taking patients? vital signs: blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, temperature, height, and weight. Through the completion of the program, CPR and First Aid certification instruction/training are obtained. This course also introduces students to electrocardiography diagnostic processes that record the electric activity of the heart. Students are presented with an overview and the purposes of electrocardiography devices and how to safely use such devices. Upon completion of this course, students will have a more informed understanding of cardiopulmonary devices and procedures.

Prerequisites: None.

Total Credits
80

general education

Course Name Credits

CMN 205
Communication and Public Speaking

This course focuses on the principles of effective public speaking and presentation. Focus is on the preparation, presentation, and critique of various forms of oral communication. Emphasis is placed on development, delivery, presentation aids, and persuasive speaking.

Prerequisites: None.

ENG 105
English Writing Fundamentals

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Prerequisites: None.

PSY 255
Psychology and Emotional Intelligence

This course explores the aims and methods of psychology. Students will learn about human behavior and human development. Students will also explore emotional intelligence and its application in personal and professional relationships. The focus is on recognizing and improvement emotional intelligence. Upon completions, students will develop a plan for self-management and implementation.

Prerequisites: None.

Total Credits
15
Total Program Credits
95

To access the Online Medical Assisting Program Overview click here

Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.

WANT TO EARN YOUR MEDICAL ASSISTING DEGREE ONLINE? HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

We get it. Earning a Medical Assisting degree online makes you somewhat nervous. After all, you’ve spent years sitting in a classroom to get your education. Learning online is brand-spanking new to you. Happily, you’ll find earning your Medical Assisting degree online gives you much more flexibility for your busy life. We’ll provide you with the clinical skills and knowledge healthcare employers are searching for. And IU provides the perfect mix of personal support and checkpoints to keep you on task in working toward your Medical Assisting degree.

From the start, YOU receive tools for success

As a new medical assisting student, you’ll receive a new laptop to use in school and keep after you graduate!

Here’s how your course structure works, and what you’ll learn

You'll take one or two courses at a time depending upon how the program schedule is laid out. In addition, you’ll have a daily checkpoint each day which you’ll find helps to keep you on track. For example, a checkpoint may be reading an article on high blood pressure, then answering one question.

The learning process itself can be fun and rewarding. You will receive specific training in all areas of medical assisting, including:

  • Preparing instruments and materials
  • How to take vital signs
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medication preparation and administration
  • Clinical documentation
  • Assisting the physician with exams and procedures
  • Electronic health records
  • Medical office procedures

Some of the courses you’ll complete (taught in 4-week modules) include: Introduction to Electrocardiography, Office Clinical Procedures, Professional Medical Coding, Insurance, Pharmacology, and several physiology courses, such as Cardiac and Respiratory Systems.

During your online studies, you will have access to free tutoring as well as personal time with instructors should you need it. We are committed to providing the resources you need to succeed so you can feel confident in your abilities as a medical assistant. Next comes your residency and externship.

Toward the end of your studies, we will fly you to Salt Lake City for the weekend—on our dime—for your residency. You’ll receive hands-on training that prepares you for your externship as well as your medical assistant career. You’ll learn how to take vital signs, such as blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and heart rate, as well as how to draw up and administer injections. From venipuncture, butterflies, HCG, POCT tests, diabetes, and simple lab testing to how to talk to providers and patients, it’s all covered that weekend.

Typically, online schools do not provide this level of training for their medical assisting students. At IU, we believe hands-on training is essential in fully preparing you, so you can feel confident in both your administrative and clinical duties. You’ll complete your externship at a local medical facility. Many of our students get hired on permanently at these locations. Others look for opportunities with the help of our Career Services team,* which is available to you for the rest of your life!

Now on to your medical assisting career, Here’s what you can expect…

Once you have completed your program, you are ready to perform the primary duties of a medical assistant in both the front-office (administrative) and back office (clinical functions) of a medical facility. Your skills are needed at clinics, medical offices, surgical centers, and hospitals. A typical day may include any or all of the duties below:

  • Complete patient history and measure vital signs
  • Assist with patient examinations or treatments
  • Give patients injections as directed by the physician
  • Collect routine laboratory specimens and perform basic laboratory procedures
  • Complete general medical office procedures, including medical records and medical reception
  • Telephone and communications

There you have it. As a nonprofit university, we always put your success first, and our curriculum, courses, and online format are designed to encourage that success. We want to make earning your medical assisting degree a positive experience!