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MEDA 100 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ASSISTING

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): ENGL 836 or 847 or ESL 400 OR eligibility for ENGL 100 on approved college English Placement Test and other measures as necessary AND READ 836 or ESL 400 with Credit or a grade of "C" or better OR eligibility for 400-level Reading courses on approved college Reading Placement Test and other measures as necessary.

Description: Duties and responsibilities of a medical assistant, transcriptionist, and billing specialist in a physician's office, clinic, hospital or other medical facility. Emphasizes desirable personality traits and human relationships as well as medical ethics, specialties in the medical field, and office maintenance. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 110 BASIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): ENGL 836 or 847 or ESL 400 OR eligibility for ENGL 100 on approved college English Placement Test and other measures as necessary AND READ 836 or ESL 400 with Credit or a grade of "C" or better OR eligibility for 400-level Reading courses on approved college Reading Placement Test and other measures as necessary.

Description: Introduction to the development of a medical vocabulary that includes medical abbreviations and symbols through the study of the principles of word construction and word analysis, with emphasis on spelling and pronunciation. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 111 BASIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): MEDA 110; ENGL 836 or 847 or ESL 400 OR eligibility for ENGL 100 on approved college English Placement Test and other measures as necessary AND READ 836 or ESL 400 with Credit or a grade of "C" or better OR eligibility for 400-level Reading courses on approved college Reading Placement Test and other measures as necessary.

Description: Continuation of MEDA 110. Intermediate development of medical vocabulary through the study of the principles of word construction and word analysis, with emphasis on spelling/pronunciation, diagnosis, disease process, pathology and their interrelationship with body systems. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 115 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): CBOT 415 or equivalent skill level; ENGL 836 or 847or ESL 400 OR eligibility for ENGL 100 on approved college English Placement Test and other measures as necessary AND READ 836 or ESL 400 with Credit or a grade of "C" or better OR eligibility for 400-level Reading courses on approved college Reading Placement Test and other measures as necessary.

Description: Introduction to electronic health record and learning the skills required of medical scribes and editors. Electronic entering of medical letters, reports and forms. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 120 CLINICAL PROCEDURES I

Units (Letter grade) 4; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130, MEDA 100, 111, and 140.

Description: Examination room techniques, asepsis and sterilization procedures, laboratory procedures and specimen collection, and electrocardiograms (Extra supplies may be required). Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 121 CLINICAL PROCEDURES II

Units (Letter grade) 4; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): MEDA 120 and 190;

Description: Administering medications, injections and venipuncture, eye and ear lavage, electroencephalograms, removal of sutures and staples, bandaging and dressings, and other examination and clinical procedures. (Extra supplies may be required). Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 140 IMPLEMENTATION OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): MEDA 110 and 115.

Description: Electronic scribing/editing of patient medical chart progress notes, history and physicals, letters, consultations, surgical and autopsy reports, and discharge summaries from different aural modes. Course includes analyzing, editing, proper documentation, and compliance requirements for medical scribes and medical editors. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 141 MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION: ADVANCED

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): MEDA 140.

Description: Intensive transcription using computers, of hospital-type medical reports including history and physical examinations, surgeries, discharge summaries, and radiologic and nuclear medicine reports. MEDA 190 and BIOL 130 are recommended. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 150 MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): completion of or concurrent enrollment in MEDA 100 and 111.

Description: Fundamental office procedures applied to the medical field. Decision-making, setting priorities, finding information, coping with interruptions, and producing under pressure in medical office simulations. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 160 MEDICAL INSURANCE PROCEDURES

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): CBOT 415 or equivalent.

Description: Covers Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Worker's Compensation and other insurance programs. Coding resources used in claims preparation. Billing and bookkeeping methods using the computer. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 164 CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) BEGINNING CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None;

Description: Basic coding principles of medical procedures according to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Use of CPT, modifiers, appendices, and preparation of documents. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 165 CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) INTERMEDIATE CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or current enrollment in MEDA 164.

Description: Continuation of MEDA 164. Intermediate principles and philosophy of coding logic according to CPT (Current Procedural Terminology). Emphasizes the understanding of terms and processes. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 166 CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) ADVANCED CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MEDA 165.

Description: Continuation of MEDA 165. Advanced principles and philosophy of coding logic according to CPT (Current Procedural terminology). Emphasizes the understanding of terms and process. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 167 ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) BEGINNING CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Development of nomenclature and classification of diseases. Basic coding principles of diseases and symptoms according to ICD-10-CM with emphasis on the coding of medical records. Use of indexes, sequencing of code numbers, and preparation of documents to increase competency. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 168 ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) INTERMEDIATE CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MEDA 167.

Description: Intermediate principles and philosophy of coding logic according to ICD-10-CM. Emphasizes the use of UHDDS, source documents, multiple coding, sequencing, Z codes, tables, neoplasms, and mental disorders. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 169 ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) ADVANCED CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MEDA 168.

Description: Advanced principles and philosophy of coding logic according to ICD-10-CM. Emphasizes diseases by body systems, complications, injuries, and adverse effects of drugs. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 190 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Fall 2011: MATH 811 or 818, or appropriate score on District math placement test and other measures as appropriate.

Description: Designed for medical assistants, medical transcribers and other allied health professionals includes recognition and identification of commonly used drugs; classification of drugs according to action; modes of administration of drugs; and care and storage of drugs according to regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 670 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/WORK EXPERIENCE

Units (Grade Option) 1-4; Class Hours: 1-3 lab hours/semester (75 to 300 paid job hours/semester, 60-240 volunteer job hours/semester.); Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None;

Description: College credit may be earned by students who are employed or on volunteer assignments. The job/volunteer assignment must be related to the student's major or occupational goals. Students learn to set measurable objectives for improving their skills and job performance. Course orientations are held the first three weeks of the semester and attendance at one is mandatory. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. This limitation applies to Occupational Cooperative Education work experience (any combination of 670 and/or 672 courses) offered within the SMCCCD. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 672 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION: INTERNSHIP

Units (Grade Option) 1-3; Class Hours: 1-3 lab hours/semester (60 to 180 volunteer on the job hours/semester); Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): A minimum of 12 completed units in the occupational discipline.

Description: Students may enroll in a volunteer, cooperative internship to apply skills learned from classroom instruction at a supervised work site. The internship must be supervised by a job supervisor and an appropriate faculty member for the chosen occupational discipline. Course orientations are held the first three weeks of the semester and attendance at one is mandatory. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. This limitation applies to Occupational Cooperative Education work experience (any combination of 670 and/or 672 courses) offered within the SMCCCD. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 680CB ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) BEGINNING CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Development of nomenclature and classification of diseases. Basic coding principles of diseases and symptoms according to ICD-10-CM with emphasis on the coding of medical records. Use of indexes, sequencing of code numbers, and preparation of documents to increase competency. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 680CC ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) INTERMEDIATE CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MEDA 680CB.

Description: Intermediate principles and philosophy of coding logic according to ICD-10-CM. Emphasizes the use of UHDDS, source documents, multiple coding, sequencing, Z codes, tables, neoplasms, and mental disorders. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 680CD ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) ADVANCED CODING

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MEDA 680CC.

Description: Advanced principles and philosophy of coding logic according to ICD-10-CM. Emphasizes diseases by body systems, complications, injuries, and adverse effects of drugs. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units (Grade Option) 0.5-3; Class Hours: By Arrangement; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer: CSU.

MEDA 801 COMPUTERIZED MEDICAL BILLING/MEDICAL ASSISTING EXAM PREPARATION

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None;

Description: Preparation for Medisoft or Medical Manager, or UB 92, or Medical Assisting certification testing offered by various organizations.

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