Description

This program trains students to become multi-skilled professionals who assist physicians. Students will learn to perform duties under the direction of a physician in all areas of medical practice.  In addition to learning the clinical aspects of the career including a focus on radiography, students will learn how to function in an administrative capacity at the medical office. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of this program. Outside work required.

Students who have also successfully met all educational and institutional requirements for a Diploma in Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician from Southeastern College are eligible to have their names submitted to the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which is the agency authorized to determine if the applicant qualifies to sit for the Limited Radiography examination to receive a Basic X-Ray License in the State of Florida.

Students who have successfully met all educational and institutional requirements for an Associate of Science in Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician from Southeastern College are eligible to have their names submitted to the American Medical Technologists (AMT) to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.

Students who have successfully met all educational and institutional requirements for a Diploma in Medical Office Basic X-Ray from Southeastern College are eligible to have their names submitted to National Healthcareer Association to sit for the following certification exams:

  • CCMA – Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • CET – Certified EKG Technician
  • CPT – Certified Phlebotomy Technician

The following additional certification examinations may be taken for a fee:

  • CMAA – Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
  • CEHRS – Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist
  • CPCT – Certified Patient Care Technician

Objectives

This program is designed to train the student to function effectively as an integral member of the physician’s health care team. Students will learn how to perform laboratory tasks including blood chemistry and urinalysis; clinical skills including X-ray, EKG, patient assisting, vital signs, injections, venipuncture, electronic medical records and administration skills. with a direct focus on radiography and administration skills. Students will be prepared for entry-level employment as a Medical Assistant and Medical Assistant with Basic Machine Operator License.

Admission Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent
  • Pass the entrance examination

Prerequisites

  • Background check and drug screening where applicable
  • Please see Program Handbook and Externship Manual for additional program policies.

Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician Diploma

Campus Information
Method of Delivery
  • On Campus
  • Hybrid
Course Outline

To receive a diploma in Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician, students must complete 44.5 credit hours (1060 clock hours). This certificate program can be completed in 10 months (40 weeks) for full- time students or in 19 months (76 weeks) for part-time students. Evening students will be required to complete the externship portion of the program during the day.

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Core Courses: 44.5 credit hours

Course Credit Hours
MEA 1206C: Clinical Procedures 3.5
MEA 1236C: Anatomy and Physiology 6.0
MEA 1238: Medical Terminology 1.5
MEA 1265C: Lab Procedures I 4.0
MEA 1290C: Radiography 6.0
MEA1292C: Radiography II 4.0
MEA1294C: Radiography III 2.0
MEA1295: Radiography Licensure Review 2.0
MEA 1300C: Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding 3.5
MEA 1304C: Medical Office Management 4.5
MEA 1346C: Electronic Health Records 4.0
MEA 1814: Externship 3.5

Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician Course Descriptions

MEA 1206C: Clinical Procedures (3.5 credit hours)
This course will provide skills and knowledge for the student to assist the practitioner with all aspects of the clinical practice. These skills will include patient care and preparation for examinations, procedures and treatments. Where appropriate, students will perform diagnostic testing. In addition, students will gain and apply principles of aseptic technique and infection control in the medical office. Equipment use, care and routine maintenance will be covered. Course appropriate pharmacology will be presented. Didactic portions of this course may be available via distance education delivery methods. Outside work required

MEA 1236C: Anatomy and Physiology (6.0 credit hours)
This course provides and introduction to the various systems of the body and principles of human physiology. The course will include the study of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems, integumentary and lymphatic systems. Didactic portions of this course may be available via distance education delivery methods. Outside work required.

MEA 1238: Medical Terminology (1.5 credit hours)
This course provides instruction on the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, roots and combining forms and plurals. In addition, the student will learn the correct pronunciation, spelling and the definition of medical terms. Didactic portions of this course may be available via distance education delivery methods. Outside work required. (Co-requisite: MEA 1304C)

MEA 1265C: Lab Procedures I (4.0 credit hours)
This course constitutes an introduction to clinical chemistry, equipment and basic laboratory diagnostic testing on urine and serum. The student will learn through laboratory experience and lecture the physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine. The student will learn proper techniques of collection of specimens for laboratory testing. Pharmacology appropriate to the module will be presented. Didactic portions of this course may be available via distance education delivery methods. Outside work required.

MEA 1290C: Radiography (6.0 credit hours)
This course provides instruction in positioning of patients, principals of digital radiography and how to handle radiological equipment. Students will learn patient preparation, and the use of ancillary equipment. The identification of safety hazards and relevant precautionary measures will be addressed. Didactic portions of this course may be available via distance education delivery methods. Outside work required.

MEA 1292C: Radiography II (4.0 credit hours)
This course provides a review of skeletal anatomy, pathology and radiographic procedures related to upper extremities, lower extremities and spine. Principals of digital radiography and how to handle radiological equipment. Students will learn patient preparation, and the use of ancillary equipment. The identification of safety hazards and relevant precautionary measures will be addressed. Outside work required. Pre-requisite: MEA 1290C

MEA 1294C: Radiography III (2.0 credit hours)
This course provides a review of skeletal anatomy, pathology and radiographic procedures related to the bony thorax, chest and abdomen. Principals of digital radiography and how to handle radiological equipment. Students will learn patient preparation, and the use of ancillary equipment. The identification of safety hazards and relevant precautionary measures will be addressed. Outside work required. Pre-requisite: MEA 1292C; Co-requisite: MEA 1295

MEA 1295: Radiography Licensure Review (2.0 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive review of the program learning objectives to prepare the students to take and pass the Basic X-Ray Machine Operator exam. Outside work required. Co-requisite: MEA 1294C

MEA 1300C: Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding (3.5 credit hours)
This course will introduce students to the medical billing and coding practices from beginning to end in the healthcare industry and provide an overview of insurance technology. To introduce students to time and quality Medical Billing and Coding Specialist practice requirements and skills. Students will be introduced and develop a broad understanding of ICD-10, CPT, & HCPCS II coding with manuals and health information and medical records management including the claims process. Students will also develop an understanding of wellness and disease concepts. Didactic portions of this course may be available via distance education delivery methods. Outside work required.

MEA 1304C: Medical Office Management (4.5 credit hours)
This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of the operation and maintenance of a medical office. This instruction will include use of computerized software for a medical office. Students will learn to apply bookkeeping principles, perform procedural and diagnostic coding, document and maintain accounting and banking records. Medical ethics, legal concepts and liabilities, professionalism and communication skills will also be covered. Didactic portions of this course may be available via distance education delivery methods. Outside work required. Co-requisite: MEA 1238

MEA 1346C: Electronic Health Records (4.0 credit hours)
The course introduces the student to computerized medical office management using a current industry standard application such as Medisoft or Medical Manager. The student will learn how to set up support files and maintain patient information. The course includes instruction in accounting, communications, insurance claims processing, practice management, office management, appointments, clinical histories, billing and report generating. Didactic portions of this course may be available via distance education delivery methods. Outside work required.

MEA 1814: Externship (3.5 credit hours)
This course is designed to simulate the working environment of a health care facility as closely as possible. The student will be placed in a physician’s office, clinic, or other suitable facility to practice and enhance their clinical and administrative skills. The student will be supervised by the physician or other qualified health care practitioner and will experience all aspects of the medical facility. Prerequisites: MEA 1236C, MEA 1238, MEA 1290C, MEA 1304C, MEA 1206, MEA 1265C, MEA 1292C, MEA1294C, MEA1295C, MEA 1300C, MEA 1346C

Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician Certificate

Campus Information
Method of Delivery
  • On Campus
  • Hybrid
Course Outline

To receive a certificate in Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician, students must complete 43.5 credit hours (1445 clock hours). This certificate program can be completed in 11 months (44 weeks) for full- time students or in 20 months (80 weeks) for part-time students. Evening students will be required to complete the externship portion of the program during the day.

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Core Courses: 43.5 credit hours

Credit Hours
MEA 120: Clinical Procedures 3.5
MEA 123: Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 4.5
MEA 125: Lab Procedures I 4.0
MEA 126: Lab Procedures II 4.0
MEA 132: Medical Office Management with Billing and Coding 4.0
MEA 133: Medical Terminology 4.0
MEA 147: Radiography I 4.5
MEA 148: Radiography II 4.0
MEA 149: Radiography III 4.0
MEA 180: Externship I 3.5
MEA 189: Externship II 3.5