MED 160 : Clinical Skills Seminar for Medical Assistants I

Introduces the medical assisting student to basic clinical procedures and patient care. Subjects to be covered include, but are not limited to: infection control and asepsis, preparing the examination room, body measurements and vital signs, obtaining the medical history, assisting with the physical examination, electrocardiography, and therapeutic procedures. Some needle invasive procedures will be performed. 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 have entry codes to register.

Course Outcomes

  1. List principles and steps of professional/provider CPR
  2. Describe basic principles of first aid as they pertain to the ambulatory healthcare setting
  3. Measure and record:
  4. g. length (infant)
  5. h. head circumference (infant)
  6. i. pulse oximetry
  7. Perform:
  8. a. electrocardiography
  9. d. pulmonary function testing
  10. Perform patient screening using established protocols
  11. Obtain specimens and perform:
  12. d. CLIA waived immunology test
  13. Perform first aid procedures for:
  14. a. bleeding
  15. b. diabetic coma or insulin shock
  16. c. fractures
  17. d. seizures
  18. e. shock
  19. f. syncope
  20. Incorporate critical thinking skills when performing patient assessment
  21. Show awareness of a patient’s concerns related to the procedure being performed
  22. Document on a growth chart
  23. Prepare items for autoclaving
  24. Perform sterilization procedures
  25. Define coaching a patient as it relates to:
  26. a. health maintenance
  27. b. disease prevention
  28. c. compliance with treatment plan
  29. d. community resources
  30. e. adaptations relevant to individual patient needs
  31. Identify:
  32. a. safety signs
  33. b. symbols
  34. c. labels
  35. Describe the purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in a healthcare setting
  36. Discuss protocols for disposal of biological chemical materials
  37. Comply with:
  38. a. safety signs
  39. b. symbols
  40. c. labels
  41. Demonstrate proper use of:
  42. a. eyewash equipment
  43. b. fire extinguishers
  44. c. sharps disposal containers
  45. Evaluate the work environment to identify unsafe working conditions