Medical Assistant Occupational Specialist

Medical Assistant Occupational Specialist Degrees Online


Program Information

Entire Program Duration
40 weeks

How long is every course?
10 weeks

Theory & Associated Lab Work
46 Quarter Credit Hours

General Education
6 Quarter Credit Hours

Total Quarter Credit Hours

Class Schedule

Morning Classes
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Classes
Monday through Thursday
1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Evening Classes
Monday through Thursday
6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

* Class hours are subject to change or vary based on student needs



Medical Assistant Occupational Specialist

Vatterott’s online courses for aspiring Medical Assistant Occupational Specialists aims to prepare the student for employment as an entry level Medical Assistant. Students graduating from this program will have the skills necessary to help them obtain employment in the medical field working in both administrative and clinical settings.

Students receive instruction from industry experienced experts in Medical Assistant courses in Sunset Hills – Online Division. The Medical Assistant Diploma program provides classes in basic courses in speech, English, pharmacology anatomy and physiology and nutrition. The courses then focus on medical language, medical assistant skills and various medical assistant duties.

Students learn clinical duties, pharmacology, medical terminology instruction, drug administration, medical insurance billing, claims processing, and the handling of medical records. The Medical Assistant courses in Sunset Hills also include laboratory techniques and hands-on training courses in phlebotomy, pre-physical exam preparation, radiology procedures, physical therapy, electrocardiograms, clinical instruments, medical writing and transcription, medication mathematics and much more. Also, each student will complete further Medical Assistant training through an externship. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Career Outlook: According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: “The medical assistant profession is anticipated to be among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–2018 decade. Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal medical assistant training or experience, and certification. Much of this growth can be attributed to the growing population and continuing advances in health care and medicine, but medical assistant job growth is also growing due to the increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel. The outlook is particularly strong for medical assistants who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.”

Courses & Descriptions

ME 105 – Medical Terminology

This course provides the student with an understanding of medical terminology, using textbooks, videos, and computer applications to understand the use of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. This course will also emphasize medical vocabulary as it applies to anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the human body.

ME 108 – Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding

This course will instruct the student in the process of basic medical coding utilizing ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS. Students will be instructed on how accurate coding leads to optimal reimbursement. The student will be able to code diagnostic procedures from case studies and reports.

ME 115 – Computer Applications for Healthcare

This course provides the student with an overview of the historical development of healthcare delivery systems, including concepts and theory related to point-of-care data entry and regulatory agencies and organizations related to the provision of healthcare. Students are introduced to Microsoft Office, using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Power Point. Students are also introduced to Medisoft software and Microsoft office concepts for use in the physician’s office environment.

ME 121 – Anatomy and Physiology

This course is designed to introduce the student to the structures and functions of the various systems of the body and how these systems maintain homeostasis. It will cover introductory terms, chemistry (brief), cells and tissues; and explain the systems from the integumentary to the reproductive. It will also introduce the student to the human body structures related to the cardiovascular and lymphatic system, digestive system, the eyes and ears, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, urinary system, the endocrine system and common physiological terms as well as associated pathological conditions. Also covered will be the importance of a good diet and nutrition, and how a poor diet and nutrition can affect the health of the body.

ME 125 – Clinical Medical Assisting

This course will train the student in basic clinical duties. Topics will include administration of injections, pre-physical exam preparation, instruments, minor surgery preparation, specialty procedure preparation, vital signs, and measurements. In addition, this course will include the importance of microbiology theory and infection control techniques within a clinic or lab .

Prerequisite ME 105

ME 140 – Pharmacology

This course will introduce the student to the clinical aspect of the administration, writing prescriptions and dispensing of drugs, as prescribed by the doctor, and the legal and ethical standards regarding these drugs. This course will include the explanation and demonstration of conversion between metric and household systems of measure; medication orders; medication labels, and calculations; of insulin and pediatric dosages.

Prerequisite ME 105

ME 150 – Medical Law and Ethics

This course provides a foundation for handling common legal & ethical challenges in everyday practice. Legal concepts and theories in this course include: international & quasi-international torts, professional liability insurance, and required documentation. Ethical components of the course include issues that a health care professional may face on the job. The course will also cover common areas of liability and litigation in different healthcare settings.

ME 155 – Laboratory Procedures

This course covers skills and knowledge required for medical assistants to identify and practice clinical and/or lab duties in a medical office. Topics include, but are not limited to: phlebotomy, clinical laboratory testing procedures; and electrocardiology. In addition, this course will cover the importance of microbiology theory and infection control techniques within a clinic or lab setting.

Prerequisite ME 105

ME 175 – Medical Office Procedures

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to perform administrative tasks in a medical office. Topics include, but are not limited to, receiving patients, scheduling appointments, patient triage, handling medical records, processing insurance claims, and an introduction to medical office management.

Prerequisite ME 105

ME 180 - Externship and Exam Preparation

This course will prepare the student for their externship experience. It will also culminate all of the learning that has been presented in the program to prepare students to understand employment opportunities and credentialing available to them, job responsibilities, and preparation to sit for one or more exams such as the RMA or the CMA.

Prerequisite ME 125 and ME 155

ME 190 – Medical Externship

Students will use the knowledge and skills learned in the program and complete a minimum of 240 hours of externship at an approved site.

Prerequisite ME 125 and ME 155

ME-215: Medical Office Management

This course is an overview of both effective patient care and sound business practices in a medical setting. This course will include instruction on emerging developments in billing and coding, documentation, ethical and legal issues, and technological advances. Other topics that will be covered include the medical record, fraud and compliance, responsibilities of the manager, and medical marketing.

Prerequisite: ME 175

ME-220: Electronic Medical Records

This course will build upon ME 115 Computer Applications for Healthcare and familiarize students with the Medisoft patient file creation and file maintenance software.

Prerequisite: ME 115

ME-225: HIPAA/OSHA/Clinic Regulations

This course will cover all HIPPA/OSHA local and state requirements for Health Care Facility Management.

Prerequisite: ME 175

ME-250: Comprehensive Insurance Billing

This course will train the student in the various types of insurance billing and reimbursement processes. Students will learn the rules and regulations of specific insurance types. Students will learn all clerical functions of a medical biller. Students will also learn and practice electronic billing and the use of the CMS-1500 form and UB-04 form for billing purposes.

Prerequisite: ME 108

GE-114: Technical Mathematics

This course provides an introduction to basic mathematical operations and functions as they apply to the workplace. The course starts with a review of numbers, their systems, forms, and operations. It then introduces basic algebraic concepts including solving systems of one and two variables, simplifying equations, and practical applications of basic technical formulas. Also included are basic geometric forms and relationships. The course’s emphasis is on providing students with a practical and useful working knowledge of these concepts for use in the rest of their program as well as on the job.

GE 123 – Interpersonal Communications in Healthcare

This course will introduce students to the different types of communication needed in healthcare facilities. Topics to be covered include: written communication, body language, verbal and non-verbal communication; the role of culture in communication; human relations; clinical judgment; and the use of electronic media in the healthcare setting. The course will emphasize the importance of excellent customer service.

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Institution Information

Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc.
12900 Maurer Industrial Dr.
St. Louis, Missouri 63127


Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. offers quality education for students interested the Automotive, Trades, Medical, Business, Technology, Legal and Culinary Professions.

Vatterott offers online degrees for those who aspire to work in the fields of Business Management, Information Systems Security, Medical Assistant Occupational Specialist, Paralegal, and Pharmacy Technicians.

In 1969, Vatterott College began providing quality career training to students seeking career skills for a better life. Then, in 2003, Vatterott Education Centers Inc. was established as the parent institution of Vatterott College, Vatterott Education Center of Dallas, L'Ecole Culinaire and The Court Reporting Institutes.