Medical Assistant Practicum
I. Course Prefix/Number: MOA 260
Course Name: Medical Assistant Practicum
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course provides the Medical Assistant student 160 supervised hours of unpaid externship at an affiliated clinical site. Emphasis will be on achieving competency of entry-level administrative and clinical skills in a healthcare office setting.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate competency in healthcare office clinical skills
- Demonstrate competency in healthcare office administrative skills
- Employ principles of time management and decision making
- Apply appropriate skills and judgments to ensure patient safety
- Demonstrate professionalism in the healthcare office setting
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Applied Mathematics
- Applied Microbiology/ Infection Control
- Concepts of Effective Communication
- Administrative Functions
- Basic Practice Finances
- Managed Care/ Insurance
- Procedural and Diagnostic Coding
- Legal Implications
- Ethical Considerations
- Protective Practices
Based on the MASTER COMPETENCY CHECKLIST as recommended by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Detailed checklist attached.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Supervised clinical experience that will include direct client interactions with actual clinical and administrative tasks being performed by student
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course will be off-campus at affiliated clinical sites
IX. Instructional Materials
There is no textbook for this course. Other Medical Assistant textbooks may be referenced. Required forms and other reference/ resource materials will be made available to students.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.