Medical Assisting Program Details

Welcome

Dear Student,

Thank you so much for your interest in Southeastern Technical Institute. I, along with our instructors look forward to welcoming you to our innovative and unique programs. We offer courses designed to give you the skills necessary for a strong foundation in your new career, at a minimum cost of time and expense.

We offer this opportunity from the perspective of experienced professionals. While we will seek to give you exposure to a wide range of techniques, materials, and knowledge, we will focus on the skills that employers see as “core necessities” for starting a job right away.

Job opportunities for our graduates are readily available in today’s marketplace. While no one can guarantee job placement, currently employers are facing a shortage of qualified candidates. STI graduates are in demand among the practices and businesses in this area and have a reputation for being well trained and professional. With our programs, you will be equipped to start your new exciting career with an eye on future opportunities.

Our enrollment process is easy and we will guide you every step of the way.

Are you ready to change your life? Are you ready to start a new career?

Schedules

  • DAY CLASS

    September – June
    Mon – Fri, 8:00AM – 2:10PM

  • NIGHT CLASS

    Starting in January for 14 months
    Mon – Wed 4:00PM – 9:00PM

Cost & Payment Options

The total cost for the Medical Assisting Program is $7,930/$11,930* and many students utilize financial aid and/or a payment plan.

*Out-of-district tuition

District towns include Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton,Sharon, Stoughton and West Bridgewater.

There are a limited number of seats available in each class. Seats are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.Our classes fill fast, click here to start the application process.

Our team specializes in helping you manage the financial aid process and/or finding a payment option that will work for you!

Financial Aid Information

Students applying to Southeastern Technical Institute are encouraged to
apply for financial aid. Listed below are the financial aid options.

In order to be eligible for financial aid/loans applicants must visit
https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid to complete the FAFSA application/loan process.

GRANTS
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • MASS Grant – full-time students (deadline May 1st )
  • Scholarships: web sites:
    • www.fastweb.com
    • www.collegeboard.com
    • www.finaid.org
  • Private Agencies (churches, synagogues, etc.)
LOANS
  • Direct Loans/ subsidized (need based)/unsubsidized (non-need based)
  • Direct Plus Loans (parent loan)
FAFSA RESOURCES
  • Federal Student Aid Center – FAFSA: 1-800-4-FEDAID
  • Higher Education Information Center: 1-800-442-1171
ITEMS NEEDED TO APPLY
  • STI School Code 012386
  • Federal Verification Worksheet (if selected)
  • Federal Tax Documentation (if required)
  • Statements documenting untaxed income
  • Statements documenting low income
  • Any documentation the school requires
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office regarding any unusual or special family circumstances

Use the NET PRICE CALCULATOR to give you an estimate on your cost of attendance.

For more information regarding Financial Aid contact Cristina Barros: cbarros@sersd.org or (508) 230 – 1275.

Graduate Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median Medical Assistant salary in Massachusetts is $45,880 a year and is rising because medical assistants are in such high demand.

The highest-earning Medical Assistants are earning as much as $59,060 a year. Once you become a medical assistant there are many different paths you can take to advance. After graduating from our program you will have the opportunity to take the MAERB Certified Medical Assisting exam. The CMA credential provides a pathway to continue advancing your medical assisting career.

Job Placement

Southeastern Technical Institute prides itself on graduating highly qualified individuals in each program.

Each of our students receives career assistance. It is important that students receive training not only in their chosen field but also in their employability skills. Placement services include career development preparation and job placement assistance.

Career development preparation offers a variety of topics that give students the information necessary to enter the workforce, one-on-one training sessions, professional resume writing services and mock interviews are available for STI students. STI works in cooperation with local employers, job placement services, and Advisory Boards to assist students in securing employment upon graduation. STI is committed to making every reasonable effort to prepare students to secure employment, though cannot guarantee graduate placement. These services are offered to current students and alumni.

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Program Courses

MA LAB AND THEORY I

This course introduces the theory, skills, tasks and techniques performed by the Medical Assistant and their correlation for caring for the patient in the ambulatory setting. Topics include infection control, medical and surgical asepsis, exposure control, sterilization techniques and OSHA standards. In addition, the study of and proper performance of vital signs, anthropometric signs and additional screening procedures associated with particular types of office visits and body systems will be taught. Phlebotomy will be introduced this semester. The rationale for these screening tests and the ramifications of the results as they relate to a patient’s state of health will be explored. Privacy concerns, ethical behavior, legal scope of practice, patient education and community resources will be explored as each body system is explored.

ANATOMY AND ASSOCIATED TERMINOLOGY I

This is a course designed to familiarize the student with the general plan and structure of the human body and its function under normal, healthy conditions as well as an introduction to the body’s response to illness and disease. This semester is an introduction to anatomical divisions and body planes, cells, tissues, skin, glands and membranes, the skeletal, integumentary, muscular and respiratory systems.

Following the introduction to major anatomical structures the course explores the meaning of medical terms and abbreviations, the source of the terminology, spelling and accurate use and placement in medical office documents. The course focuses on the structure of medical terms, their word roots and components, prefixes, suffixes so that the student develops a working command and understanding of medical vocabulary related to disease in a variety of healthcare specialties.

PHARMACOLOGY I

 This is a basic course designed to familiarize the student with pertinent information regarding pharmaceuticals such as legal and ethical concerns, terminology, definitions, abbreviations and classifications. In addition, the course will familiarize the student with approximately 50 of the more commonly prescribed medications with their trade and generic names, mode of action, side effects and usual doses. The medications discussed are correlated with the body systems discussed in other courses.

MATH FOR PHARMACOLOGY

This course provides a review of basic math skills required to perform simple computations. The course includes a review of fractions and decimal fractions. Skills in metric and English system of measurement are developed as well as conversion from one system to another. Students will learn how to perform drug calculations and to convert prescribed dosages for the patient.

MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT

The management of the office can greatly influence the success of the practice. This course provides students with a basis of professional behavior, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, patient reception, and processing, and medical records management. This first semester course focuses on the administrative, office, and business skills that a medical assistant needs to be successful in an ambulatory care setting.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR MEDICAL OFFICE

This is a hands-on laboratory course designed to teach the use of 21st Century computer skills and their application in a medical office. It includes an introduction to hardware, software, and operating systems. This course is designed to expand the students ‘computer skills through the use of the most common business application software packages. Students will strengthen their Microsoft Word 2013 and Microsoft Excel 2013 skills and explore their use in a medical office environment.

COMMUNICATIONS FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS I

The critical skills of effective communication are the focus of this course. This course is designed to provide students with the basic communication skills to meet the challenges in today’s workforce. It will enable students to provide patients with understanding and support needed in an ambulatory setting. This course will address common patient conditions such as anxiety, fear, abuse, and mental illness and effective methods that may be used by the medical assistant in alleviating patient concerns. A review of grammar and punctuation is included to give students the oral and written tools they need to perform as a professional. The student will study a variety of business documents and scenarios that require a specific form of communication such as e-mail and other documents and learn appropriate methods for optimal communication.

MA LAB AND THEORY II

This course continues to expose the student to skills, tasks and procedures performed in the ambulatory setting. New skills are incorporated into the patient assessment and interview process. Introduction to medication administration, phlebotomy training and CPR certification will be completed. Other clinical skills introduced will include assisting with minor office procedures and assisting groups with special needs. In addition, topics and associated skills in laboratory specimen collection, Phlebotomy, Patient Education, Patient Assessment and Nutrition are discussed. The student will continue to study and assimilate information from previous chapters and integrate new skills and tasks related to body systems.

ANATOMY AND ASSOCIATED TERMINOLOGY II

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Associated Terminology I. Topics and body systems covered include: gastrointestinal, special senses, endocrine, urinary and reproductive, lymphatic and blood. AS in Anatomy and Associated Terminology II the student will continue to practice incorporation and understanding of new words and phrases into patient interview notes and other medical record documents.

PHARMACOLOGY II

This is a continuation of Pharmacology I. The remaining body systems and the medications that affect those systems will be explored. The student will be introduced to medication administration and the supplies and materials needed to perform injections.

BILLING AND CODING

Billing and coding prepares students in all aspects of the financial management of an ambulatory care facility. The coding phase of the course explores diagnostic coding using both the ICD-9 and ICD10 standards. The process of procedural coding using CPT codes is covered. Students will combine skills related to patient records with both diagnostic and procedural codes to ensure the correct preparation and management of insurance claims and ultimately patient billing. Students will explore the financial policies and procedures of a medical practice. Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable concepts and processes will be covered.

COMMUNICATIONS FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANTS II

This course is a combination of career readiness skills, study skills, and medical transcription skills to better prepare students to enter their new career. Students will develop resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, references, and create a professional portfolio. Topics will include the job search and interview preparation. Students will also develop the skills required to successfully interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals into comprehensive healthcare records. Students will also study, practice and prepare for the national certification exam concentrating on many of the administrative and communication skills learned throughout the course.

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

Upon completion of all academic requirements and having attained a 70% or better in all coursework in the Medical Assisting Program the student is placed in an ambulatory care setting for 10 weeks to complete an unpaid Externship. While at the externship facility the student will be exposed to the various phases of the office, clinical and administrative, and will be afforded hands-on training and supervision in the many skills and tasks in the office. The length of time for each phase will vary depending on the student’s comprehension and ability. The externship is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to become more competent at skills they have learned in the classroom and to learn new skills available at the facility. Externship times vary.

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Program Catalog

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