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MEDA 125
Clinical Procedures

Credits: 10
Clock Hours per Quarter: 160

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:120

Provides a foundation in basic patient exam techniques and minor procedures, and basic diagnostic laboratory techniques and procedures commonly performed in the physician's office or clinic. The lab portion of this course provides practice in the above techniques. Prerequisite: MEDA 120.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Upon completion of the theory potion of the course, the student will be able to: Understand selected procedures utilized by medical assistants, including vital signs, patient assessment, room preparation, and assisting with patient exams and treatments.
  • Understand infection control and asepsis, and the importance of performing dressing changes, suture removal, and bandaging using aseptic technique.
  • Recognize the role of the medical assistant during minor office surgeries.
  • Identify common surgical instruments and describe the care of those instruments. Discuss splinting, casting and the removal of casts.
  • Use discipline specific vocabulary to accurately document procedures.
  • Understand the theory for the techniques used to perform various laboratory procedures, including venipuncture, urinalysis, and basic microbiology studies.
  • Identify the medical assistant role in performing electrocardiography and pulmonary function studies.
  • Understand and demonstrate the ability to calculate medication dosages.
  • Understand the techniques utilized for and the medical assistant's role in medication administration.
  • Upon completion of the Lab portion of the course, the student will be able to: Perform selected procedures utilized by medical assistants, including vital signs, patients assessments, patient and room preparation, and assisting with patient exams and treatments.
  • Utilize aseptic technique and Universal Precautions.
  • Perform dressing changes, suture removal, and bandaging; while maintaining sterile technique.
  • Prepare and give proper post-operative instructions to patients during the post-operative period.
  • Prepare and give proper preoperative instructions to patients, and assist with minor surgical procedures.
  • Utilize procedures to sterilize, sanitize, or disinfect instruments.
  • Apply splints, braces, and common orthopedic devices.
  • Perform venipuncture and administer medications.
  • Accurately document procedures performed.

  • Course Topics
  • Measuring vital signs, correct equipment and proper technique
  • Patient assessment skills utilized by medical assistants, including health histories, interviews, and patient concerns
  • Preparing patients for and assisting with exams, diagnostic procedures, and treatments
  • Infection control and asepsis
  • Sterile technique and procedures
  • Surgical equipment commonly used in the physician's office or clinic
  • Discipline specific vocabulary
  • Assessment and response to patient concerns, over the phone and in person
  • Casting, splinting techniques, cast removal, and common orthopedic devices used in the office/clinic setting
  • Medication administration, including oral, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal, and rectal routes
  • Documentation of medication administration
  • Lab requisitions and reports
  • Patient instruction prior to laboratory testing
  • Guidelines and procedures for collection of selected laboratory specimens
  • Guidelines and procedures for safe collection, storage, and transportation of laboratory specimens to an outside lab
  • Venipuncture
  • Performing Electrocardiograms (ECG)
  • Common Pulmonary Function Testing in the physician's office/clinic
  • Patient preparation for diagnostic procedures and obtaining laboratory specimens relating to the respiratory tract
  • Medical assistant's role in examinations and diagnostic studies of the reproductive system
  • Basic radiology procedure concepts

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    Year Quarter
    MEDA 125
    Spring 2012
    Tami Mitchell
    MEDA 125
    Spring 2012
    Tami Mitchell

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.