Course Descriptions

MEDA 100 Introduction to Medical Assisting (3 units)

Duties and responsibilities of a medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, 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.

MEDA 110 Medical Terminology (3 units)

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, diagnosis, disease process, pathology and their interrelationship with body systems.

MEDA 115 Introduction to Electronic Health Record (3 units)

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

MEDA 120 Clinical Procedures I (4 units)

Patient intake, examination room techniques and patient preparation, asepsis and sterilization procedures, laboratory procedures and specimen collection, vital signs, and electrocardiograms.

MEDA 121 Clinical Procedures II (4 units)

Dosage calculation, exposure control, disposal of biohazard waste, administering medications, injections, microbiology, venipuncture, and emergency medical procedures. (Extra supplies may be required).

MEDA 140 Implementation of Electronic Health Record (3 units)

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.

MEDA 150 Medical Office Procedures (3 units)

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.

MEDA 160 Medical Insurance Procedures (3 units)

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.

MEDA 164 CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) Beginning Coding (1 units)

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

MEDA 165 CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) Intermediate Coding (1 units)

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

MEDA 166 CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) Advanced Coding (1 units)

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

MEDA 167 ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) Beginning Coding (1 units)

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.

MEDA 168 ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) Intermediate Coding (1 units)

Intermediate-level 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.

MEDA 169 ICD (International Classification of Diseases)-10-CM (Clinical Modification) Advanced Coding (1 units)

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

MEDA 190 Introduction to Pharmacology (3 units)

Designed for medical assistants, medical scribes and other allied health professionals. Includes general principles of drug use, knowledge of the most commonly used drugs and regulations for controlled drug usage.

MEDA 672 Cooperative Education: Internship (1- 3 units)

Supervised internship in cooperation with private or public sector employers. Designed to apply knowledge and learn new skills, directly related to the student’s program of study, outside of the normal classroom environment. Students must attend one orientation which is offered the first three weeks of each semester. Each unit requires 60 hours per unit for unpaid work or 75 hours per unit for paid work during the semester. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. The unit limitation applies to any Cooperative Education Work Experience (any combination of 670, 671 and/or 672 courses) offered within the SMCCCD.

MEDA 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

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.

MEDA 801 Computerized Medical Billing/Medical Assisting Exam Preparation (1 units)

Medisoft, UB 04, or preparation for Medical Assisting certification testing offered by various organizations.