Highland Community College



Medical Office Assistant

MOA 109 Emergency Preparedness (1)

This course provides an introduction to disaster response for health care professionals.  The course will focus on the importance of staying within the scope of practice for the profession.  The course will also cover being prepared to meet the expectations of employers, volunteering effectively, and being confident and safe responders.


MOA 110 Administrative Aspects I (3)

This course contains the administrative skills of the health care team member. These skills include effective telephone techniques, scheduling patients for appointments, management of facilities, records management and use of office equipment.


MOA 113 Clinical Externship I (2)

This course is designed to provide experience related to the skills and knowledge acquired in the Medical Assisting field by allowing student to apply classroom and lab knowledge in a real medical arenas.


MOA 114 Patient Care I (4)

This course is the beginning of the student's journey to a successful internship by discussing the ability to apply the skills learned in the classroom and in the lab in the internship. This course also introduces the student to the basics of patient care which includes Medical Asepsis and Infection Control, preparing a patient for examination, acquiring vital signs (adult, child, infant) and assisting the physician with patient exams.


MOA 121 Principles of Pharmacology (3)

This course presents a detailed explanation of topics essential for a thorough understanding of drug sources, legislation relating to drugs, drug references and forms of drugs, drug classifications and actions, the medication order, basic principles.


MOA 123 Insurance Billing and Coding (3)

This course covers a wide range of medical insurance topics which include types of health insurance, types of coverage, claims processing, abstracting from medical records and current issues in medical insurance.


MOA 125 Medical Terminology (3)

This course defines prefixes, suffixes and roots used to compose medical terms. The student learns to spell, pronounce, define and interpret terminology related to body structure, disease, diagnosis and treatment.


MOA 128 Body Structures and Function (3)

This course is learning about the complexities of human structure and function. Emphasis is placed on how tissues, organs and body systems work together to carry out complex activities such as eating, learning and responding to stress and interaction with other structures of the body.


MOA 132 Medical Administrative Aspects (4)

This course covers administrative skills needed as a healthcare team member. The course will focus on specialized patient appointment scheduling, electronic medical records, referrals, and the financial responsibilities of medical office assistants for posting charges and payments and balancing day sheets.


MOA 134 Patient Care II (3)

Prerequisite: MOA 114
This course allows the student to advance their technical knowledge by introducing the student to cast application/removal, performing EKG's and patient teaching. The student will also learn how to properly prepare and administer various forms of medication.


MOA 135 Clinical Externship II (2)

Prerequisite: MOA 113
This course is designed to provide experience related to the skills and knowledge acquired in the Medical Assisting field by allowing students to apply classroom and lab knowledge in real medical arenas.


MOA 136 Clinical Laboratory Procedures (4)

This course addresses the role and function of the professional in the clinical laboratory setting. Topics include safety, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 (CLIA) government regulations and quality assurance in the laboratory. Students learn concepts and perform procedures in the different departments of the laboratory including specimen collection and performance of CLIA 88 low and /or moderate-complexity testing. Students demonstrate competency in a wide variety of techniques used to collect, process and test specimens.


MOA 137 Medical Professional Issues (2)

This course focuses on the role and function of the medical assistant in the professional practice of medicine. The course will cover personal and professional characteristics and legal and ethical standards for medical assistants. The course will also explore professional and personal therapeutic communication, time management, and goal setting.


MOA 295 Occupational Work Experience