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MEDA 1011 - Clinical Assisting I

Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture 4Lab 2
Course Description: This course is designed for persons interested in pursuing a career in medical assisting. This course will address the medical assisting profession, healthcare settings, history of medicine, coping mechanisms and communications, medical terminology related to topical content and anatomical descriptors. The student will perform vital signs, chart documentation, medical histories, patient draping and positioning, and prepare patients for physical examination and assessments. Topics also include the importance of therapeutic communication, professionalism and cultural diversity. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): HLTH 1001  with a grade of C or higher and BIOL 1024  OR BIOL 2031  AND BIOL 2032 . Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000  or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher. Arithmetic assessment score of 64 or higher or elementary algebra assessment score of 76 or higher OR assessment score/ACT score placement into MATH 0070  or above OR completion of MATH 0030  or MATH 0060  with a grade of C or higher. We strongly encourage students who score below 64 to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss their review and course options PRIOR to Math assessment retesting or registering for a MATH course. Restriction: Must be accepted into the Medical Assistant Program.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Medical assisting profession
  2. Healthcare settings
  3. History of medicine
  4. Coping mechanisms
  5. Vital signs
  6. Chart documentation
  7. Medical history
  8. Physical examination and positioning
  9. Communication in a professional setting
  10. Cultural diversity

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe structural organization of the human body. identify body systems. describe body planes, directional terms, quadrants and body cavities. list major organs in each body system. identify the anatomical location of major organs in each body system.
  2. compare structure and function of the human body across the lifespan. describe the normal function of each body system. measure and record: blood pressure; temperature; pulse; respirations; height; weight. perform patient screening using established protocols. instruct and prepare a patient for a procedure or a treatment.
  3. assist provider with a patient exam. incorporate critical thinking skills when performing patient assessment. incorporate critical thinking skills when performing patient care. show awareness of a patient’s concerns related to the procedure being performed. identify styles and types of verbal communication.
  4. identify types of nonverbal communication. recognize barriers to communication. identify techniques for overcoming communication barriers. recognize the elements of oral communication using a sender-receiver process. define coaching a patient as it relates to: health maintenance, disease prevention, compliance with treatment plan and adaptations relevant to individual patient needs.
  5. identify medical terms labeling the word parts. define medical terms and abbreviations related to all body systems. define the principles of self-boundaries. define patient navigator. describe the role of the medical assistant as a patient navigator.
  6. relate the following behaviors to professional communication: assertive, aggressive, and passive. differentiate between adaptive and non-adaptive coping mechanisms. discuss the theories of: Maslow, Erikson and Kubler-Ross. discuss examples of diversity: cultural, social and ethnic. use feedback techniques to obtain patient information including: reflection; restatement; clarification. respond to nonverbal communication.
  7. use medical terminology correctly and pronounced accurately to communicate information to providers and patients. coach patients regarding: health maintenance; disease prevention and treatment plan. coach patients appropriately considering: cultural diversity; developmental life stage; communication barriers. report relevant information concisely and accurately. demonstrate: empathy; active listening; nonverbal communication.
  8. demonstrate the principles of self-boundaries. demonstrate respect for individual diversity including: gender; race; religion; age; economic status; appearance. explain to a patient the rationale for performance of a procedure. create a patient’s medical record. organize a patient’s medical record.
  9. input patient data utilizing a practice management system. discuss licensure and certification as they apply to healthcare providers. document patient care accurately in the medical record. demonstrate sensitivity to patient rights. identify principles of body mechanics. use proper body mechanics.

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