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Course Number: NCMA 102
Course Title: Clinical Procedures I
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture/Lab Hours: 40
Lab Hours: 0
Special Fee: none
Develop communication and technical skills used in a medical office setting.
Intended Outcomes for the Course
- Apply principles of aseptic technique and infection control.
- Obtain and document a patient history and vital signs.
- Prepare and maintain examination and treatment areas, and patients for examination, procedures and treatments.
- Recognize and adhere to legal guidelines and ethical principles for medical assisting.
- Recognize and respect cultural diversity by using effective and appropriate verbal and written communication.
- Receive, organize, prioritize, and transmit information.
Course Activities and Design
- Skills practice lab with patient scenarios
- Small group activities
- Research project
- Skills videos
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in class.
- Small group assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking and positive interactive
- Written assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking related to level of current knowledge.
- Skills practice lab with formative and summative performance evaluations.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Medical Assisting Law and Ethics
- Monitoring federal and state regulations, changes, and updates
- Communication Skills – Patient Education
- Document patient education
- Develop and maintain a current list of community resources related to patients’ healthcare needs
- Health Information Management and Protection
- Establishing, organizing, and maintaining a medical file
- Filing medical records
- Medical History and Patient Assessment
- Obtain and record a patient history
- Document a chief complaint and present illness
- Medical Asepsis and Infection
- Perform medical aseptic hand washing
- Remove contaminated gloves
- Cleaning bio-hazardous spills
- Anthropometric Measurements
- Measure and record a patient’s weight
- Measure and record a patient’s height
- Measure and record a patient’s oral temperature using a glass thermometer
- Measure and record a rectal temperature
- Measure and record an axillary temperature
- Measure and record a patient’s temperature using and electronic thermometer
- Measure and record a patient’s temperature using a tympanic thermometer
- Measure and record a patient’s temperature using a temporal artery thermometer
- Measure and record a patient’s radial pulse
- Measure and record a patient’s respirations
- Measure and record a patient’s blood pressure
- Sterilization and Surgical Instruments
- Sanitize equipment and instruments
- Properly wrap instruments for autoclaving
- Perform sterilization technique and operate an autoclave
- Assisting with the Physical Examination
- Assisting with the adult physical examination