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Medical Assisting Certificate (MAC)
Program Course Descriptions


ALH186 Medical Terminology
MAC138 Introduction to the Professional Medical Assistant
MAC140 Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures
MAC142 Medical Assisting Clinical & Laboratory Procedures
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Co: BIO108, MAC138, MAC140, OFT116
This course provides a foundation of clinical skills necessary to function as an entry level medical assistant in a variety of health specialities. Examples of topics include: the medical history; vital measurements; documentation; assisting with exams, special procedures, and office surgery; infection control; diagnostic lab tests, ECG, and phlebotomy; nutrition, and patient education. (2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of lab per week.)
MAC148 Ambulatory Care in Health and Disease
MAC144 Medical Assisting Practicum
Pre: BIO108, MAC138, MAC140, MAC142 and OFT116
Co: MAC146 and PHI120
This course is the clinical connection for principles learned in the medical assisting program. It serves as a vehicle for the application of the clinical and administrative procedures through simulation scenarios and skill labs, seminar discussions, and a supervised unpaid clinical practicum. The seminars allow for debriefing simulation scenarios, sharing of practicum experiences based on journal presentations and for preparing students for employment (168 minimum unpaid hours of practicum in an ambulatory care settin, 32 house clinical simulation on campus, and 25 hours of seminar on campus.)
MAC146 Advanced Medical Assistant Procedures
Pre: BIO108, MAC138, MAC140,, MAC142 and OFT116
Co: MAC144 AND PHI120
This course responds to the rapidly expanding clinical and administrative responsibilities of the medical assistant in the managed care environment. It is designed to expand the basic knowledge and skills in the area of diagnostic procedures, medical specialities, surgical procedures. Pharmacological principles and drug classifications will be covered, with an emphasis on commonly prescribed medications in the ambulatory healthcare setting. There will also be introduction to the computerized provider order entry for dedication orders.(2 hours lecture and 4 hours lab per week)
PHI120 Medical Ethics
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Recent developments in the bio-medical fields have led to considerable moral perplexity about the rights and duties of patients, health professionals, research subjects, and researchers. This course presents a brief introduction to ethical theory and a set of diverse, carefully selected readings (pro and con) on some of the most contemporary issues in bioethics. Some of these issues that will be analyzed and discussed are the following: abortion and infanticide, the problems of birth defects, euthanasia, psycho-surgery, behavior and genetic control, and the claim to health care. Fulfills open, liberal arts and humanities electives.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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