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Revision Date: 25-Jan-17

AHS-2070-VU01 - Clinical Medical Assisting

Synonym: 153105
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 104
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 03:00P - 05:45P
Semester Dates: 01-25-2017 to 05-03-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Ann Mason | 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.


During the semester, while teaching the Clinical Medical Assisting, I will closely follow the chapters in our book. We will be focusing on understanding and developing clinical skills required for the completion of the program. The Clinical Medical Assisting course will focus on recreating "real" medical assisting situations that occur during clinic time.  

  • During class I expect students to be able to ask and discuss questions regarding the chapters/articles they have read in preperation for class. 
  • I will arrange and encourage group discussions. 
  • We will review the EKG machines, perform vital sign testing, review quality control's (QC), utilize screening labs devices (waived testing) and do some role palying. 
  • We will watch the DVD from our book invloving role plays and case studies.
  • Chapter quizzes.
  • Final Exam.
  • Your choice of short, end of semester, class presentation: details to follow.

Evaluation Criteria:

1. Class Attendance, Participation: 25%

Due to the amount of information we need to cover during our time together, attendance is a must. Please be on time for class and stay for the duration. I would like to be notified ahead of time if you need to leave early, and I will pay you the same respect. I strongly believe in class participation and discussion. This is a learning environment and I want every student to share their thoughts and be heard. Together, we will create this learning experience. Please do not miss more that 3 classes. If you do, it will result in a failing grade.

2. Quizzes: 25%

 I will prepare an quizzes that are a mix of multiple choice, short essay, matching, fill-in-the-blank and/or diagrams.  

3. Class Presentations: 25%

Our end of semester class presentation will be on a topic of your choice, one that you have experienced or that caught your attention over the semester. This will be a researched topic that you will need to discuss in front of the class at the end of the semester. I would like a well researched medical topic of your choice that will be presented using the Power Point formation.

4. Final Exam: 25%

This exam will be compiled of questions from class notes, any photocopied articles from medical assisting magazine articles, and the TEXT. There will be no suprises and there will be a word bank. I will never quiz or test you on something that we have not gone over in class and if you think that I have, it will be up for discussion.



Grading Criteria:
























Below 60


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, 5th, ISBN: 9781133602866, CENGAGE Learning  

Attendance Policy:

In order to understand and learn the amount of class material covered during the semester, it will be very important that you attend class. If you miss more than three classes, you will not be able to pass the course unless we have worked out an agreement. If you have an extraordinary situation that prevents you from attending class or completing cousre work, please bring it to my attention as soon as the situation occurs. My intention is to support you in your effort to learn and enjoy the course work presented. 

Contact Faculty:

Email: Ann Mason
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Aimee Loiter

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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