MEDA200 Clinical Procedures I

Department of Professional Studies: Medical Assisting

I. Course Number and Title
MEDA200 Clinical Procedures I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
MEDA120 (C or better) or BIOL115 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is designed to give the medical assistant student knowledge and practice in skills needed in a medical office. Topics include managing the clinical environment, patient teaching, obtaining a medical history and vital signs, assisting with examinations, sterilizing equipment, assisting with minor office surgery, and understanding diet and nutrition.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will

    1. demonstrate an understanding of best practice in a medical office setting, including:
      1. infection control
      2. risk management
      3. supplies and equipment;
    2. demonstrate and utilize a four-step plan in the teaching process in order to develop and deliver a teaching plan that uses correct medical terminology to meet the patient's needs;
    3. measure and document all vital signs using a variety of techniques;
    4. prepare patients for examinations, procedures and treatments, including but not limited to, transferring of patients, gowning, draping and positioning while maintaining aseptic techniques; and
    5. teach patients health promotion and disease prevention through proper nutrition meeting the patient's specific nutritional needs.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. managing the back office
    2. safety and assurance responsibilities for the medical assistant
    3. the examination room
    4. encouraging therapeutic communication
    5. challenges to therapeutic communication
    6. the importance of patient education
    7. a patient-centered teaching approach
    8. the importance of the health history form
    9. components of the health history
    10. the healthcare interview
    11. the chain of infection
    12. body defense mechanisms
    13. infectious disease: new challenges
    14. strategies for infection control
    15. compliance with bloodborne pathogen standard
    16. working with primary practitioners
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance-based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/99; Revised 4/05; Revised 12/2009; New Core 8/2015