Medical Assistant Program

Program Outline

Medical assistants are essential to today's doctors’ offices, medical imaging laboratories and hospitals. From processing labs and taking vitals to maintaining medical records and completing administrative tasks, medical assistants need a variety of skills to succeed in the field. Choose the Eastern International College Medical Assistant Associate Degree program, which offers a well-rounded curriculum that contains in-class coursework and lessons as well as hands-on training opportunities that offer real-world experience.

Our goal is to deliver a diverse education that fosters academic and interpersonal growth and encourages critical-thinking skills, preparing students for a rewarding career.

Within our curriculum, you'll receive practical training in the following areas:

  • Medical terminology and laboratory procedures
  • Clinical office procedures
  • Pharmacology for allied healthcare professionals
  • Managing electronic medical records

At Eastern International College, we want to give you the tools you need to succeed after graduation as an allied healthcare professional. Fully dedicated to your journey, our knowledgeable faculty strives to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment that's tailored to your professional and personal advancement.

After completing our program, you should be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The Medical Assistant Associate Degree program at Eastern International College in Belleville and Jersey City are not programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Programmatic accreditation is not required for employment in many cases, but its existence is a further indication that the program meets the standards of the profession, so it could enhance employment opportunities for graduates. The existence of programmatic accreditation can also allow graduates to sit for some credentialing exams upon graduation.

Program Requirements

Requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by the College and are subject to change without notice. Therefore, Eastern International College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these certification exams, or any other certification exam, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Give yourself every opportunity to succeed with EIC. Contact us to learn more about our Two-year medical assistant degree program, and don't forget to visit our campuses to experience what we have to offer firsthand.

The program has a total of 65 semester credits, with 20 credits in general education and 45 credits in the program’s major courses. The curriculum outline is below:

General Education Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credits

BIO 101

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 102

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

MAT 103

College Algebra

3

ENG 101

English Composition

3

PSY 101

General Psychology

3

SPC 101

Interpersonal Communications

3

TOTAL

20

Program Major Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credits

MAP 101

Medical Terminology

3

MAP 102

Medical Communications

3

MAP 103

Law and Ethics for Medical Professionals

3

MAP 104

Medical Office Administration

3

MAP 105

Fundamentals of Computer Technology

2

MAP 200

Laboratory Techniques I

3

MAP 201

Laboratory Techniques II

3

MAP 202

Microbiology for Medical Professionals

3

MAP 203

Clinical Office Procedures

3

MAP 204

Electrocardiography with Interpretation

3

MAP 205

Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals

3

MAP 206

Advanced Clinical Procedures

4

MAP 207

Electronic Medical Record Management

3

MAP 210

Medical Assistant Externship

6

TOTAL

45

Total Credits (without elective courses) : 65

Length of Program: 2 years

ENG 101 English Composition

3 Semester Credits

This course further introduces students to college-level writing and reading skill through critical reading, group analysis, formal essays, and research projects. Proper paragraph and essay structure is emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisites: ENG 098 and ENG 099 or passing of placement exams

SPC 101 Interpersonal Communications

3 Semester Credits

This course is an overview of the process of human communication, with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns. Students learn skills designed to improve interactions in family, social, and professional settings. The course also addresses effective listening, pacing, attending, making value judgments, summarizing, probing, empathy, handling emotions, perception checking, and conflict management. Hindrances to effective communication are also discussed.

BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I

4 Semester Credits

This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II

4 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system.

P rerequisite: BIO 101

MAT 103 College Algebra 3 Semester Credits

This course covers concepts of algebra. Topics include a review of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, coordinate geometry, andgraphing techniques; exponential and polynomial functions and applications; factoring and applications; rational expressions and applications; roots and radicals; and quadratic equations.

P rerequisite: MAT 099 or Placement Exam

P SY 101 General Psychology

3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of psychology. It addresses cross cultural issues, historical perspectives, and the importance of psychological well- being, with topics ranging from psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, and personality, to the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, development, consciousness, and the social nature of human beings.

MAP 101 Medical Terminology

3 Semester Credits

This course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of medical language used by health care professionals, including roots, prefixes, suffixes and word meanings. A systematic approach to the language of diseases, treatments and diagnostic procedures is presented. Common medical abbreviations used in the clinical setting are emphasized.

MAP 102 Medical Communications

3 Semester Credits

Students will learn how to communicate effectively in the medical setting while taking medical histories discussing procedures and working with the next-of-kin. The proper way of communicating with the elderly, handicapped, pediatric and even disgruntled patients are examined. Communication skills utilized while working with members of the health care team are also discussed.

MAP 103 Law and Ethics for Medical Professional

3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the legal and ethical implications of working in medical facilities and the obligations of practitioners and office personnel to follow ethical standards and codes of conduct. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, the relationships between physicians and patients, professional liability, medical ethics, and the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). The legality of the health record as legal document is also discussed.

MAP 104 Medical Office Administration

3 Semester Credits

This course covers the responsibilities held by the medical office personnel. Topics include an introduction to basic medical office skills, including telephone techniques, filing and indexing, mail handling, appointment scheduling, travel arrangements, professional correspondence, and business transactions. Students will learn to utilize the medical database, Medisoft, which allows the user to register patients and input office data. An introduction to bookkeeping and other insurance and managed care claims will be provided. Medical transcription will be demonstrated and practiced on computer software. Theory and practice related to the ICD-9, ICD-10 and CPT- 4 coding systems will be introduced.

MAP 105 Fundamentals of Computer Technology

2 Semester Credits

This course is designed to prepare the Medical Assistant student to use alphanumeric keyboarding. Students will increase their typing speed and improve their keyboarding with accuracy. Once the skills have been mastered, students will then use Microsoft Word to create business letters, memos, tables and other important documents needed to maintain health care businesses today.

MAP 200 Laboratory Techniques I

3 Semester Credits

This introduces students to aspects of the clinical laboratory sciences, such as laboratory organization, basic laboratory use, blood collection (phlebotomy), CBC (HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC, HGB), safety, quality control, quality assurance and specimen collection. OSHA and CLIA regulations are stressed and applied to student’s performing basic laboratory skills in blood collection (phlebotomy) and microbiology.

Pr erequisites: BIO 102 and MAP 203

Co-requisite: MAP 202

MAP 201 Laboratory Techniques II

3 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Laboratory Techniques I. Blood collection (phlebotomy) is further studied. Chemistry and hematology testing are discussed. Blood typing, strep throat testing, and glucose determination, urinalysis, among others are performed in the laboratory.

P rerequisites: MAP 200, MAP 202 and MAP 203

MAP 202 Microbiology for Medical Professionals

3 Semester Credits

This course provides students with knowledge of pathogenic microorganisms. Students are introduced to the biological foundations of viruses and bacteria that are required for their viability. The strategies that microbial pathogens employ to successfully infect humans and cause disease are described. Laboratory procedures including gram-staining sensitivity testing and use of microscope are employed.

Prerequisites: BIO 102

Co-requisite: MAP 200

MAP 203 Clinical Office Procedures

3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the basic skills that are performed by the medical assistant. Emphasis is placed on patient-centered assessment, examination, discussions of intervention and treatment as directed by a physician, and patient preparation and positioning for physical examination. The course also includes vital signs, patient transfers, OSHA regulations, and charting. Anthropometric measurement and differentiation of signs and symptoms are also discussed.

P rerequisites: BIO 101

Co-requisite: BIO 102

MAP 204 Electrocardiography with Interpretation

3 Semester Credits

The course covers anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, cardiovascular diseases, electrophysiology, 12-Lead ECG and interpretation, ECG rhythms, conduction problems and pacemaker recognition. Students learn to set up an ECG machine, prepare patients for testing, and conduct the ECG. Emphasis will also be placed on the relevance of the ECG interpretation in cardiovascular stages.

P rerequisites: BIO 102

MAP 205 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals

3 Semester Credits

This course is a basic introduction to the principles of pharmacology. Topics include classes of drugs and body systems, antiviral and antibiotic agents, drug nomenclature, drug routes, drug interaction and contraindications, and various types of injections. Basic dosage computations, system of measurements, and unit conversions are included.

P rerequisites: BIO 102

MAP 206 Advanced Clinical Procedures

4 Semester Credits

This course prepares students with advanced clinical skills required in a laboratory. These skills include pulmonary function testing; local application of heat and cold; parental administration; phlebotomy; gynecological examination positioning; emergency medical procedures related to heart attack, stroke, shock, bleeding, wounds and wound care, burns, seizures, pulmonary and gastrointestinal problems; preparing a patient for minor office surgery; and assisting for pediatric examinations and immunizations. Discussions and lab activities are coupled with simulations.

P rerequisites: MAP 200 and MAP 203

MAP 207 Electronic Medical Records Management

3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the basics of electronic medical records management practices using Medisoft through a hands-on approach. It includes an introduction to medical informatics, use of Medisoft in the medical office, entering patient and case information, transaction entry and claim management, electronic media claims, designing and printing reports, DRG, CPT, ICD-9-CMA Codes, ICD-10, claims, HIPAA Security Rule, HIPAA Transaction and Code Sets Rule, and establishing new practice database.

MAP 210 Medical Assistant Externship

6 Semester Credits

This externship course provides students with exposure to a healthcare setting that reflects material covered in phlebotomy, ECG, patient care techniques, vital signs, and billing and coding, medical communications, and office administration and electronic medical records management, among others. The clinical site includes a laboratory in a hospital and/or private office setting. The course will commence with a one-day classroom orientation session. During the orientation, students will be instructed on professional behavior expected in a lab, including attendance and dress code. They will also receive instructions on how to keep an hour’s log, case log, and the necessary evaluation forms.