Medical Assistant Practicum

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MOA 260

       Course Name: Medical Assistant Practicum

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MOA 180, MOA 230, MLT 107, with minimum grades of C and concurrent enrollment in MOA 262

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

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competency in healthcare office clinical skills
  2. Demonstrate competency in healthcare office administrative skills
  3. Employ principles of time management and decision making
  4. Apply appropriate skills and judgments to ensure patient safety
  5. Demonstrate professionalism in the healthcare office setting

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

  1. Anatomy & Physiology
  2. Applied Mathematics
  3. Applied Microbiology/ Infection Control
  4. Concepts of Effective Communication
  5. Administrative Functions
  6. Basic Practice Finances
  7. Managed Care/ Insurance
  8. Procedural and Diagnostic Coding
  9. Legal Implications
  10. Ethical Considerations
  11. 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

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

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

Students will be required to complete all practicum report forms, a clinical site evaluation and will need to have a satisfactory evaluation from the practicum site supervisor.  Evaluation to include  all learning objectives.  (copy attached)  In addition, students must complete all remaining skill competencies required by the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).  A grading rubric will be used to accomplish this.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.