MED 101 : Introduction Clinical to Clinical Medical Assisting

This course is an introduction to the medical assisting profession. A virtual clinic is built by students, expanding their knowledge of the healthcare industry. Students explore areas where they might find employment as medical assistants and begin developing employment related skills and documents while expanding their effective communication skills. Students will begin learning the foundations for clinical practice in providing patient care as medical assistants. This course includes a skills laboratory component. Students will be instructed in the use of an educational electronic medical record (EMR) system. NOTE: Students need to be accepted into the Medical Assisting Program and have entry codes to register.

Course Outcomes

  1. Identify quality assurance practices in healthcare
  2. Measure and record:
  3. a. blood pressure
  4. b. temperature
  5. c. pulse
  6. d. respirations
  7. e. height
  8. f. weight
  9. Instruct and prepare a patient for a procedure or treatment
  10. Assist provider with patient exam
  11. Define the principles of standard precautions
  12. Define personal protective equipment (PPE) for:
  13. a. all body fluids, secretions and excretions
  14. b. blood
  15. c. non-intact skin
  16. d. mucous membranes
  17. Identify Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations that impact healthcare practices
  18. Select appropriate barrier/personal protective equipment (PPE)
  19. Perform handwashing
  20. Demonstrate proper disposal of biohazardous material:
  21. a. sharps
  22. b. regulated wastes
  23. Identify styles and types of verbal communication
  24. Identify types of nonverbal communication
  25. Recognize barriers to communication
  26. Identify techniques for overcoming communication barriers
  27. Recognize the elements of oral communication using a sender-receiver process
  28. Define the principles of self-boundaries
  29. Define patient navigator
  30. Describe the role of the medical assistant as a patient navigator
  31. Discuss the theories of:
  32. a. Maslow
  33. b. Erikson
  34. c. Kubler-Ross
  35. Discuss examples of diversity:
  36. a. cultural
  37. b. social
  38. c. ethnic
  39. Locate a state’s legal scope of practice for medical assistants
  40. Build a virtual clinic and present the plan as a PowerPoint presentation with an accompanying binder detailing the virtual clinic’s development.