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AHS-2070-VG01X - Clinical Medical Assisting

Synonym: 160388
Location: Bennington
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 01-23-2017 to 03-08-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 01-31-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 02-18-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Drew Totten | View Faculty Credentials

Materials/Lab Fees: $30.00
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Course Description:

An introduction to the clinical skills required by the medical assistant. Instruction includes theory, principles, and practical skills related to infection control, patient care, documentation, patient education, and the operation and maintenance of clinical equipment. This course includes a lab. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology and Human Biology, or equivalent knowledge.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the role and functions of a medical assistant in collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, and assisting the physician during the medical exam.
2. List and describe the methods for preparing and maintaining examination and treatment areas, preventing infection by using aseptic techniques, and preparing the patient for examinations, procedures and treatments.
3. Distinguish among regulatory agencies including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), and describe their functions and consequences of non-compliance in physician’s offices and clinical facilities.
4. Discuss guidelines for safe handling of chemical and biological hazards as required by OSHA.
5. Describe the waived tests included in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and discuss the role of the medical assistant in performing waived tests under the guidance of a supervising medical professional.
Laboratory Objectives:
1. Demonstrate how to take a medical history, work with a patient's chart and apply methods of documentation.
2. Demonstrate the ability to obtain vital signs and measurements.
3. Demonstrate patient education regarding nutrition, medication and special tests.
4. Apply therapeutic communication skills by role playing a variety of patient care scenarios.
5. Demonstrate proper infection control procedures including hand washing, gloving, gowning, and preparing and maintaining examination and treatment areas.
6. Demonstrate methods for sterilizing equipment including wrapping items for autoclaving.

Evaluation Criteria:

 Class Expectations:

1.      Arrive on time for class and participate in discussions. Class does not restart for late arrivals.

2.      More than 1 absence will put you in jeopardy for not being successful in this class.

3.      We expect that you will read the assigned chapters and be prepared for class discussion. The instructor may call upon you at any time to ask questions. Any homework assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of each class.  For each day your homework is late, your grade will be reduced by 5 points.

4.      Participate in class by joining in the discussions and by asking/answering questions (20% of grade)

5.      Pass all quizzes with a minimum of C (25% of grade)

6.      Skill Demonstration: 2/27/17: You will present a MA skill to the class. This should be approximately 5-10 minutes in length. You may use props or get a volunteer classmate to demonstrate on. (10% of grade)

7.      Class presentation (20% of grade). Topic selected by February 6, 2017. Actual presentation: February 27, 2017.

a.      Topic turned in by February 6, 2017: This is a topic of your choice pending instructor approval. This may be a poster with discussion, power point presentation, etc. 

b.      Length 7-10 minute presentation

c.      5 minutes for Debriefing and receiving feedback from peers

                                                 i.      Relevance of topic to course

                                               ii.      Content

                                            iii.      Presentation skills

8.      Final exam:  March 1, 2017. This final is comprehensive (25% of grade)


This course meets Monday and Wednesday from 6-9 pm for 7 weeks (January 23rd to March 8, 2017).  No extra credit assignments will be available or accepted.  

Grading Criteria:

 A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Spring 2017 textbook data will be available on December 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

Delmar's Comprehensive Medical Assisting: Administrative and Clinical Competencies (Book Only), ISBN: 9781133602835, Cengage Learning   $125.13

Contact Faculty:

Email: Andrew Totten
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jeanette Jenkins

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 4416
Bennington, VT 05201

  Home Phone: 802-442-2776

Notes: Cell phone and text: (802) 379-0255. Please make all calls before 9:00 PM. Thanks.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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