Offers a capstone clinical externship for the medical assistant student, including 184 hours of clinical experience at an assigned ambulatory care facility. The course Includes a structured in-class seminar component.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Administrative Competencies
- Clerical Functions
- Perform Bookkeeping Procedures
- Process Insruance Claims
- Clinical Competencies
- Fundamental Procedures
- Specimen Collection
- Diagnostic Testing
- Patient Care
- General Competencies
- Professional Communications
- Legal Concepts
- Patient Instruction
- Operational Functions
- Perform clerical functions including scheduling appointments, referrals, and organizing medical records.
- Perform bookkeeping procedures including accounts receivable and accounts payable procedures.
- Perform fundamental procedures including handwashing, standard precautions, disposal of biohazardous materials, and sterilization techniques.
- Perform electrocardiography, respiratory tests and CLIA Waived tests.
- Perform in-person and telephone triage.
- Record vital signs.
- Administer oral and parenteral (excluding IV) medications.
- Perform within the legal scope of practice for the medical assistant.
- Demonstrate knowledge and role of the medical assistant in emergency preparedness.
- Design an emergency evacuation plan.
- Display the appropriate professional behaviors required of a medical assistant in an ambulatory care setting.
- Deliver an instructional session on either health maintenance or disease prevention for a selected patient according to their needs.
- Perform a successful venipuncture on a selected patient following proper procedures and techniques.
- Outline the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification process.
- Describe the benefits of the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) designation.
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement will include weekly clinical journals, midterm evaluation, externship experience checklist, class presentations and assignments, completion and adherence to student contract and mock CMA exam.
- The program needs to ensure that the externship experience and instruction of students are meaningful and parallel in content and concept with materials presented in lecture and laboratory sessions. Clinical externship sites should be selected so that each student is afforded a variety of experiences, while at the same time all students are provided consistent learning opportunities.
- Accreditation standards require that students do not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise, from any clinical site for any portion of their clinical externship. A supervised, unpaid externship at an ambulatory health care setting performing administrative and clinical procedures must be completed prior to graduation.
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