South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Medical Assistant Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


MAS 100 - Phlebotomy For Health Care Providers (2, 3)

Prerequisite: Current Nursing or Health Professions student

This course is designed to introduce health care providers to blood drawing experiences as well as basic skills to perform routine laboratory screening procedures. This course does not qualify students to take the National Boards/Certification Examinations.

MAS 101 - Pharmacology for Health Care Providers (2, 3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program, BIO 115 or BIO 185/186, MIS 101, MAS 104 and MDR 103

The focus of this course is on pharmacological principles and the disease process. The student will be taught relationships between drugs, drug interaction and drug application for specific diseases.

MAS 104 - Medical Office Foundations (1, 1)

This course explores opportunities available for students interested medical assistant and coding/billing specialist careers. Included will be an introduction to the basic skills needed to perform these jobs.

MAS 105 - Administrative Medical Assistant I (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program, BIO 115 or BIO 185/186, CIS 101, MAS 104, MDR 103 and concurrent with MAS 106, MDR 115 and OAT 170

This course introduces the student to the role of the administrative medical assistant. It covers the flow of activities from the time a patient first makes an appointment leading to the time when the patient first arrives for services.

MAS 106 - Clinical Medical Assistant I (3, 4)

Prerequisite: Concurrent with MAS 105, MDR 115, OAT 170

This course introduces reviews introductory skills performed by the clinical medical assistant. These skills include: maintaining medical asepsis, obtaining vital signs, measuring hearing and vision acuity, recording electrographs and performing spirometry.

MAS 107 - Administrative Medical Assistant II (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MAS 105; concurrent with MAS 101, MAS 108 and PSY 101

This course introduces the medical assistant to coding of patient diagnosis along with office procedures for proper payment/ reimbursement by the insurance company.

MAS 108 - Clinical Medical Assistant II (3, 4)

Prerequisite: MAS 106; concurrent with MAS 101, MAS 107 and PSY 101

This course presents an overview of basic medical office laboratory skills. The student will be introduced to blood drawing and routine physician office laboratory screening procedures.

MAS 111 - Medical Assistant Externship (3, 12)

Prerequisite: MAS 107, MAS 108

Students are placed in an ambulatory care setting for practical application of the administrative and clinical skills acquired in the medical assistant program. Students will be under the supervision of the program coordinator and the partnering medical facility for the entire duration of the clinical extern experience. Each student must complete 160 un-paid externship hours, upon completion of externship and successful completion of the MAS student will be eligible to sit for certification through the AAMA or the AMT.  Fee.

For more information, Kinasha Brown, Program Coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2421, or email. See also Medical Records Technology Course Descriptions

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