BIR Training Center: Medical Assisting School Courses in Chicago
Programs & Certification Pathways

Medical Assisting Curriculum

37 Credits | Full-time: 20 Months

ABM 100 Mathematics Computation Review

The goal of this course is to provide students with a review of mathematical concepts. Students will review operations with fractions and decimals, and concentrate on percentages, ratios, proportions, and conversion between the US conventional and metric systems of measurement. Estimation, rounding, and problem solving strategies, including industry-related word problems, will be covered in this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to apply the content of the Mathematics and Computation Review course in their respective fields of study and future workplaces.
Prerequisite: Placement or ABM 090

CIT 102 Computer Productivity Tools and Keyboarding

This course teaches students to use the operating system, navigate the Internet, use web-based e-mail, use Outlook e-mail, calendars, create and edit documents in Microsoft Word, and develop and deliver presentations in PowerPoint. Students will also be working on their keyboarding and alpha/numerical data entry skills. This course includes lab work that focuses on hand placement, accuracy, and speed. At the conclusion of this course, students will work through several projects which helps them apply the skills they have learned to the workplace.
Prerequisite: None

HCP 101 Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy and Physiology

Through this course students develop knowledge of the language of medicine, human anatomy and physiology, pathology, and diagnostic treatments related to the 15 body systems. Students study common terms and abbreviations and learn about Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, and root words that are the building blocks for communicating to other healthcare professionals. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of medical terminology, human anatomy, and the framework and structure of the body, as well as the physiology of the bodily systems that work together to support life.
Prerequisite: none

HCP 201 Medical Office Administration

This course teaches students to be knowledgeable participants in the administrative medical environment. Students will learn about the history of medicine, how modern care methods were derived, and the people who established a foundation for today’s healthcare administration. Students will also learn about modern ethical issues that surround medicine, laws, and liability, who determines ethical decisions, and how to interact with patients who may have conflicting ethical views. Various scheduling techniques, phone triage methods, and customer service skills will be reviewed. Modern computer concepts in the healthcare environment will be explained with practice using electronic medical record (EMR) software. Students will also learn about the healthcare revenue cycle, payment collection, and how to follow up on delinquent accounts. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the tasks and skills needed to succeed in a healthcare organization and will be able to take the NHA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant exam.
Prerequisite: Completion of ABM 100, CIT 102, and HCP 101

HCP 202 Healthcare Reimbursement, Ethics, and Compliance

Students in this course will learn about the healthcare revenue cycle, fundamental concepts of public and private insurance, regulatory compliance, and ethics. Students will also practice claim processing using both manual methods and electronic medical billing software. Emphasis is placed on the billing cycle including posting payments, processing information from encounter forms, and completing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS-1500) and Uniform Bill (UB-04) medical claim forms. Additionally, students learn about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) confidentiality regulations and Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs). Furthermore, students will be introduced to the qualifications for working in a hospital setting, common terms related to hospital billing, flow of the inpatient hospital stay from billing through payment, payment methods and classifications, and the guidelines for completion and transmission of the CMS-1450 claim form. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to maintain patient financial records and process medical claims for public and private insurance while maintaining patient confidentiality.
Prerequisites: Completion of ABM 100, CIT 102, and HCP 101

HCP 204 Pharmacology and Medication Administration

Through this course, students will learn how to use drug information including drug classifications, interactions, side effects, various types of drug administration, and securing prescription refills. Students will perform oral, topical, subcutaneous, and intramuscular and intradermal delivery techniques. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of dosage calculations, drug administration, classification, legislation, side-effects, interactions, drug therapies, as well as substance abuse and treatment.
Prerequisites: ABM 100 and HCP 101

HCP 205 Phlebotomy and Specimen Collection

This course concentrates on specimen collection and diagnostic testing. Students learn vein puncture techniques and other blood drawing procedures, such as drawing blood using the butterfly method, capillary delivery, and finger sticks using a lancet procedure. Students also learn the use of laboratory equipment, laboratory classifications, regulations, and outsource preparation. Upon completion of this course students will understand the concepts of phlebotomy and will demonstrate clinical skills used by phlebotomists. Students will also learn to collect and process various other types of specimens including urine. CPR techniques for adults and children are taught. This course includes preparation and administration of the NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam and certification in CPR by the American Heart Association.
Prerequisite: HCP 101

HCP 206 Medical Assisting and Infection Control

This course focuses on learning proper infection control techniques, sterilization and instrument preparation for minor surgery, assisting with medical exams and procedures, patient education, performing an electrocardiogram (EKG), taking and recording medical histories, and managing medical emergencies. Skills will be developed in EKG procedures including the operation of a 12-lead EKG and vital signs. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to prepare surgical instruments, set up and assist in exam room procedures, and perform an EKG and vital signs. This course includes preparation and administration of the NHA Certified EKG Technician exam.
Prerequisite: HCP 101

HCP 311 Medical Assisting Externship

The externship provides students the opportunity to apply concepts and skills learned in the program at a healthcare facility under the direction of a physician, office staff, and BIR’s Site Coordinator. Students are required to complete 150 hours. During the Medical Assisting Externship, students might perform a wide range of clinical and administrative duties including, but not limited to, diagnostic testing, specimen collection, taking vitals, performing EKG, sterilizing and preparing instruments, assisting with procedures, performing patient intake, medical appointment scheduling, and maintenance of patients’ records. Students must participate in all activities to receive credit for the externship.
Prerequisites: HCP 201, HCP 202, HCP 204, HCP 205, and HCP 206

HCP 314 Medical Assisting Career Development

In this course, students are taught how to gain employment in the field of Medical Assisting by performing related activities such as résumé writing, proper interviewing techniques, and job search methods. They also will have acquired job seeking skills by producing a program-specific purposeful résumé, responding to interview questions, and conducting employment searches. Upon completion, the student will gain skills to produce different types of field-specific and position-specific résumé s, be able to search and apply for employment, and hone their job interviewing skills.
Prerequisites: HCP 311


The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) categorizes the Medical
Assisting Program as:

  • Medical/Clinical Assistant (CIP code-51.0801)
  • Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician (CIP code-51.0902)
  • Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist (CIP Code-51-1009)

The Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC) for Medical Assisting are:

  • Medical Assistants (COS code 31-9092)
  • Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians (SOC code 29-2031)
  • Phlebotomists (31-9097)