Delta Tech | Medical Assisting | Allied Health Care | Trade School

Medical Assisting Course Description

36 Weeks / 765 Clock Hours which includes 225 Clock Hours-Externship / 135 Additional Outside Clock Hours

900 Total Hours / 26 Semester Credits


To prepare competent entry level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), affective (behavior) learning domains. To prepare them as described below for entry level positions normally available in a medical facility such as physicians’, chiropractors’, or podiatrists’ office and clinics.


To prepare the Medical Assisting student to take the American Association of Medical Assistant’s (AAMA) and National Certified Medical Assisting Exam (CMA) at the end of the externship, as required for graduation, however, students are not required to pass the exams in order to graduate per MTI policy. Upon meeting graduation requirements of the Medical Assisting program, the student is entitled to a Medical Assisting Diploma.


The medical assisting student must possess critical thinking skills sufficient for clinical judgment. For example, the student must be able to use critical thinking as a basis for identifying/resolving patient problems (cognitive). The medical assisting student must possess communication skills sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written format. Communication abilities including speech, hearing, reading, writing, language skills and computer literacy are required. For example, the student must be able to read and convey actions and patient responses to health care team members, both verbally and in writing.


The program provides the MA with entry-level theory and limited “hands-on” training in basic and routine clinical and office tasks (psychomotor). This will equip the MA with the competencies required to perform in either a clinical or office capacity. The graduate will be able to assist in EKGs, X-ray procedures, first aid, and phlebotomy. He/She will be able to perform clinical procedures, preparing the patient for physical exams, and assisting the physician with other exams.


The MA may help the physician with minor surgical procedures and can sterilize and care for instruments. In some venues, the MA is expected to effectively handle administrative office procedures such as keyboarding, billing, coding, scheduling, transcription, insurance claims, and computerized record keeping. The MA possesses a thorough understanding of health-related ethics and other business principles that bear on the practitioner’s relationship with the patient (affective). As the medical profession continues to grow as a result of the population living longer and advancements in procedures, treatments, and medications, more patients will require medical services. Therefore, an increasing number of MAs will be needed to handle the many responsibilities for which they are uniquely trained.


Modules can be taken in any order; however the module externship will always be taken last by the student. 

Clinical Duties:

  • Basic Lab tests
  • EKG
  • Triage
  • Phlebotomy
  • First Aid
  • Assist in Examinations
  • Assist in Surgery

Administrative Duties:

  • Keyboarding
  • Billing
  • Coding
  • Transcription
  • Record Keeping
  • Administer Medications
  • Charting

Course Subject Descriptions Are As Follows:

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Module 1

MED 101. Clinical Procedures I

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1.5 Credits

This course includes a survey of medical assisting occupations and their education and certification requirements. The course is designed to furnish the student with both theory and practical applications of medical assisting basics, including infection control; taking a temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure; assisting with medical specialties; visual and auditory acuity; assisting with examinations of the eye and ear; and learning about x-ray procedures and safety precautions relating to the procedures.


MED 121. Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology I

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits

This course familiarizes the student with human anatomy and physiology and medical terminology. The course covers the tissues and organs that make up the body systems. Body systems, functions, and diseases, including symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatments, and medications are discussed.


COA 104. Computer Keyboarding

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1.5 Credits

Virtually every career includes keyboarding skills.  This is a skill that provides access to critical information.  Medical facilities everywhere have expectations that their staff will have the ability to type an average of 30 wpm.  In this course, students will learn general keyboarding with timed writings for speed and accuracy.  Techniques and meaningful practice are offered in lab sessions.


MED 251. Pharmacology I

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits

Presentation of the principles of pharmacology relating to the medical assisting profession is at the core of this course.  Emphasis is placed on correlation of drug therapy and pathophysiologic conditions, patient education regarding medications, and researching drugs using a drug reference.  The course includes the use, action, side effects, contraindications, and routes of administration of drugs most commonly administered in the medical office.  It also includes familiarization with the most commonly prescribed drugs, their dosages, how to figure dosages correctly, and drug preparation.



Module 2

MED 102. Clinical  Procedures II

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1.5 Credits

During these nine weeks, the student will learn how to assist with the physical exam.  The student will become proficient in 12-lead EKG hook-ups and troubleshooting.  Students will learn to differentiate between normal and abnormal EKGs and will learn to recognize the most commonly occurring major arrhythmias.  They will also perform a pulmonary function test, urinalysis, and learn how to assist with minor surgeries.  The topic of medication administration will also be covered, as well as assisting with reproductive and urinary specialties.


MED 122. Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology II

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits

This course familiarizes the student with human anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology.  This course covers the tissues and organs that make up each body system.  Body systems, functions, and diseases, including symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatments, and medications are discussed.


MED 211. Medical Office Procedures I

30 Clock Hours-Lecture & 15 Clock Hours-Lab / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1.5 Credits

Materials for this course are chosen with the goal of providing a “real life” office simulation experience for the students.  Students will feel as though they are a member of a real office environment.  Students will learn about the office environment and patient reception.  Simulations are offered in setting up patient files, scheduling patients, and transcribing.  In this era of electronic medical records (EMR), the use and importance of it will be discussed as well as HIPAA Compliance with regard to EMRs.  All of these are a vital part of an office environment, and students will need to learn that flexibility of job duties is of utmost importance.


MED 252. Pharmacology II

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits

This will focus on drugs used for specific systems, studying each system separately.  Drugs are studied by students becoming familiar with side effects, actions, contraindications, routes of administration, and other factual data about the drugs.  There is an emphasis on correctly spelling drug names. 



Module 3

MED 203. Clinical Procedures III

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1.5 Credits

The student will begin to learn about work with the laboratory tasks routinely performed in the medical facility.  An introduction into the collecting and handling of specimens for testing, both at a facility and at an outside laboratory, are covered.  Microbiological principles will be discussed as well as hematology, including venipuncture. Assisting with the life specialties, physical therapy, and patient education are also covered in this module. 


MED 212. Medical Office Procedures II

30 Clock Hours-Lecture & 15 Clock Hours-Lab / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1.5 Credits

This course familiarizes the student with all aspects of the insurance industry relative to the medical office.  Fees, billing, collections, and credit as well as financial management in the medical office will be discussed.  Insurance coding (CPT and ICD-9 coding), employability skills, resume writing, interview skills, an introduction to medical transcription, proofreading skills, punctuation, and spelling exercises are incorporated into this course.  These duties are essential to the success of the medical assistant in the administrative roll.

ENG 110. Communications

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits

The expectation of MTI students to be professional in every situation is high.  Students learn to act as professionals through role play and class interactions and assignments.  Students are graded on their classroom participation as a major portion of their grade.  Students learn to effectively communicate with each other and apply it to the workplace setting.  Each student will be introduced to the importance and practice of effective public speaking.


PSY 101. Psychology/Ethics

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits

It is imperative that the ambulatory care employee have knowledge of medical law, ethics and bioethics so that the client may be treated with understanding, sensitivity, and compassion.  The goal is to provide students with education involving ethical and legal responsibilities so that they may better serve the ambulatory care provider.  Law and ethics will be the focus of discussion.  The student will have an understanding of the chronic and acutely ill mental health patient.  The student will learn about the most common psychiatric disorders and conditions and be familiar with their signs and symptoms, treatments, and the role of the MA with a mental health patient.



Module 4

MED 291. Externship

225 Clock Hours-Externship / 5 Credits

In the third module, students will meet with their respective externship coordinator to begin planning their externships. The externship is required for all students and must be completed to be eligible for graduation and to receive their diploma. To qualify for the externship phase of the program, a student must first have met the 2.0 G.P.A. or re-taking a subject, a score of 70% or above on the Comprehensive Class Room Final Exam and have an overall attendance of 90% in his or her medical courses.  All work is performed under the direct supervision of licensed medical personnel at the site in cooperation with DTC’s respective externship coordinator.  Student will be scheduled for 225 hours at an extern site that has an externship agreement with DTC.  DTC currently has externship site agreements in place, and those sites have agreed to host medical assisting students.  Externs are not entitled to compensation.




Additional Requirements:

Upon successful completion of all coursework through the 27th week, one complete uniform will be supplied including scrub pants, scrub top, and lab coat with patch and name badge. Students will be able to purchase additional uniforms as desired. Each student will also be provided the Hep B Vaccine, if needed, beginning in the first 9 weeks of class. Students will be asked to provide their own white shoes (clean, with no writing) as well as a watch with a second hand.




Current sites with agreements at the Horn Lake, MS Campus are:


A & E Hospice


Aaron E. Henry Center (Batesville, MS)

Aaron E. Henry Center (Clarksdale, MS)


Aaron E. Henry Center (Como, MS)

Aaron E. Henry Center (Darts, MS)


Aaron E. Henry Center (Quitman School Base)

Aaron E. Henry Center (Tunica, MS)


Advanced Foot & Ankle Center

Adult Neurology Clinic


Affordable Medical Clinic

All Animal Hospital


All Childrens’ Clinic

Allen Morgan Healthcare Center


Arbors At Olive Grove

Aseracare Hospice


Associates OB/GYN

Bailey Family Practice


Batesville Family Medical Clinic

Baxter Clinic Of Hernando


Bellevue Clinic

Benton Medical Center


Booneville Community Health   Center

Boston Cancer Institute


Butler Neurology

Caballero Family Healthcare Group


Campbell Clinic (Desoto, MS)

Campbell Clinic (Germantown, TN)


Carefree Health & Weight Solutions

Centro Salud


Childrens’ Clinic Of Clarksdale

Chiropractic Memphis


Church Health Center

Clarksdale Internal


Clarksdale Orthopedic

Clinica Para La Mujer


Coldwater Community Health Care

Collierville Family Medical Center


Comprehensive Family Medical

Corinth Community Health Center


Cornerstone Women Center

Crawley's Ridge Family Practice


DaVita Dialysis - Memphis

Delta Gastroenterology Center


Desoto Adult Medicine

Desoto Childrens’ Clinic


Desoto ENT Care

Desoto Eye Care


Desoto Family Center

Desoto Health & Wellness


Family Care Clinic of Ripley

Family Medicine Group Of Oxford


FMC Medical

James Fortune, M.D.


Mike Foster, M.D.

Foundation Internal Medicine


Gastro One

Germantown Internal Medicine


Gina Vick Brady, D.O.

Good Hands Community Care


Good Life Medical Center

Graceland Internal Medicine Association


Guardian Community Living

Hawkins Family Medicine


Health First Medical Clinic

Hernando Family Medical Clinic


Michael Hellman, M.D.

Hope & Healing Center


Horn Lake Animal Hospital

Horn Lake Family Practice


Hutchinson Clinic

Internal Medicine Physicians Of Memphis


Johnsons Family Chiropractic

Kids Care Medical


Lance Whaley, M.D.

Landmark Internal Medicine


Landmark Of Desoto

Laurelwood Pediatrics


Lifepointe Villages

Lunceford Family Health Care


Magnolia Family Medical

Major Medical (Dr. Steven D Major)


Mediplan Diet Services

Memphis Children's Clinic


Memphis Children's Clinic

Memphis Gastroenterology


Memphis Internal & Pediatric

Memphis Pediatrics


Memphis Primary Care Associates

Memphis Primary Care Specialists


Mettetal Family Medicine

Mid-South Chiropractic & Massage


Mid-South Pain Treatment Center

Mid-South OB/GYN


Motley Internal Medicine

Natural Potential Chiropractic


Newson Health Care

North Mississippi Dermatology Clinic


North Mississippi Foot Specialist

North Oak Regional


Northeast Mississippi Health Care

OB/GYN Consultants of Memphis


Olive Branch Family Medical

Open Arms Animal Hospital


Oxford Medical Clinic

Parekh Medical Clinic


Peabody Family Care

Pediatric Partners Of Memphis


Pillow Clinic

Pravinchandra Patel, M.D.


Premier Gastro

Preventive Care


Prime Urgent Care

Progressive Physicians Practice


Quick Care Medical Station

Rhodes Avenue Medical


Richard Kelly, M.D.

Saint Francis Hospital


Sardis Family Medical Clinic

Sentaboia Animal Hospital


Senatobia Childrens’ Clinic

Senatobia Family Practice


Sentinel Neurological Services

Southaven Animal Hospital


Southcrest Women’s Center

Sutherland Clinic


The Healthloop - American Way

The Healthloop – Bisson


The Healthloop – Cawthon

The Healthloop – Frayser


The Healthloop – Guthrie

The Healthloop – Hollywood


The Healthloop – Mid-South

The Healthloop - South Third


The Healthloop - South Memphis

The Healthloop – Wellington


The Pointe At Kirby Gate

Total Health Care


TP Family Associates

Tri-Lakes Medical Center Hospital


Trinity Medical Solution

Tunica Medical Clinic


Tunica Resorts Medical Clinic

UT Cancer Institute – Bartlett


UT Cancer Institute - Central Office

UaT Cancer Institute - Desoto Office


UT Cancer Institute - St. Francis Office

Wadsworth Clinic


Walker & Prasad, M.D.

Walnut Medical Center


Warrington Clinic-Shelby & Clarksdale Family Medical

We Care Community Inc.


Wesley Meadows Assisted Living Center

West Clinic


Williams Medical Clinic

Women's Care Center OB/GYN


Women's Healthcare Office of OB/GYN




Current sites with agreements at the Ridgeland, MS Campus are:


Byram Family Doctors


Cardiovascular Services of Central MS

Capitol Orthopedics & Sports Medicine


Center for Women of Central MS

Central MS Bone & Joint Specialist


Central MS ENT Medical Associates

Clinton Medical Center


DRA Health Services

Family Practice Associates


Magnolia Womens Clinic

MS State Department of Health


Quinn Healthcare

Sunshine Clinic


UMC Grants Ferry