MED 161 : Clinical Skills Seminar for Medical Assistants II

This course continues instructing medical assisting students in the clinical skills necessary to the medical assisting profession. Subjects to be covered include, but are not limited to: specialty diagnostic testing, phlebotomy, laboratory and microbiological testing in the physician’s office, introduction to the concepts of pharmacology and medication administration, minor office surgery, and basic first aid in regard to medical office emergencies. 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. Perform:
  2. b. venipuncture
  3. c. capillary puncture
  4. Verify the rules of medication administration:
  5. a. right patient
  6. b. right medication
  7. c. right dose
  8. d. right route
  9. e. right time
  10. f. right documentation
  11. Select proper sites for administering parenteral medication
  12. Administer oral medications
  13. Administer parenteral (excluding IV) medications
  14. Incorporate critical thinking skills when performing patient care
  15. Calculate proper dosages of medication for administration
  16. Differentiate between normal and abnormal test results
  17. Reassure a patient of the accuracy of the test results
  18. Define the following as practiced within an ambulatory care setting:
  19. a. medical asepsis
  20. b. surgical asepsis
  21. Prepare a sterile field
  22. Perform within a sterile field
  23. Perform wound care
  24. Perform dressing change
  25. Identify safety techniques that can be used in responding to accidental exposure to:
  26. a. blood
  27. b. other body fluids
  28. c. needle sticks
  29. d. chemicals
  30. Discuss fire safety issues in an ambulatory healthcare environment
  31. Describe fundamental principles for evacuation of a healthcare setting
  32. Identify principles of:
  33. a. body mechanics
  34. b. ergonomics
  35. Identify critical elements of an emergency plan for response to a natural disaster or other emergency
  36. Use proper body mechanics
  37. Participate in a mock exposure event with documentation of specific steps
  38. Recognize the physical and emotional effects on persons involved in an emergency situation
  39. Demonstrate self-awareness in responding to an emergency situation