Wenatchee Valley College
Medical Assistant Program
Fall Quarter 2013
HCA 115: Clinical Procedures I
Jan Kaiser, RN, Doug Harrell, CMA Marilyn Brincat, RN, Kathy Wyles,
CMA, Jennifer Fudge, CMA (Omak), Heidi
Cornell, CMA (Omak) and Andrea Goodwin (CMA)
Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday. 2:00
– 4:00 & by appointment
Welcome to the heart of the MA program.
It is here in the Clinical Procedures classes that you will have the
opportunity to learn how to apply what you are learning in the theory courses
and learn the “hands-on” skills of medical assisting. This is the first
of a series of Saturday lab courses that will build upon one another. The
catalog description of this course follows:
clinical procedures for the medical office, including charting, exam room
preparation, and assisting with exams, vital signs, medical asepsis and
universal precautions for blood and body fluids. Prerequisite: acceptance
into the Medical Assistant Program.
TEXT: The Medical
Assistant; Administrative and Clinical, Saunders Publishing.
Workbook to Accompany
The Medical Assistant, Saunders Publishing,
Nursing Drug Book:
Nursing 2013 Drug Handbook: By
Lippincott/Williams & Wilkins
MA Notes: pocket guide; FA Davis
Each student must purchase and bring his/her
own stethoscope. White pants (NO Jeans), white shoes and solid scrub
top, watch with second hand and name tag. Name tag will be your student ID card
from WVC with the lanyard provided by the college. (Lanyard must be used)
This is a very interactive class.
Students are expected to attend all classes and participate fully.
Teaching methods will include lecture, group discussion, small group projects,
individual projects & assignments, and lots of “hands-on” practice.
You will be expected to achieve a minimum level of competency in your skills by
the end of the quarter. Evaluation of learning will include written
examinations and skills demonstration.
Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course (and the overall
program) is to prepare you to function competently and safely as a Medical
Assistant in a “real world” setting. During the 4th quarter
of this program you will have an opportunity to practice and gain proficiency
in your skills during the externship experience. During this experience
you will “work” for 160 hours as a Medical Assistant with
preceptor guidance. This is a fun and exciting experience. It can also be
a demanding and sometimes stressful experience. Before you may enter the
Externship you must demonstrate the ability to perform the required clinical skills
in a safe and competent manner. This includes the “hands on” skills and
the ability to critically think. This refers to the ability to apply your
knowledge, look at the “big picture” and problem solve in a reasonable and
competent manner. You must also demonstrate communication skills, a
positive, professional attitude, and good work habits.
Attendance Policy and
Attendance in this class is mandatory.
If you miss a class you will be issued a Clinical Failure Incident Citation
(see front of Clinical Evaluation Form). Each class runs for 7 hours and
covers an enormous amount of material. It is very difficult to make up
lost content since much of it involves hands-on practice and interaction with
classmates. If more than one class is missed during the
quarter, the student will not pass the course. If you do miss a
class or an exam, you must notify the instructor in advance as
you would an employer. An attendance log will be kept in the lab for you
to sign in and out. This will also be used to record any time you spend
in the lab during the week.
If you miss 1-3 hours
of a Saturday class, that will count as ½ day missed. Over 3 hours will be
considered as a full missed class. More than ONE missed class
will result in failure of the program.
If you miss an exam without advance notice you
will receive a score of zero and will not be allowed to make up
the exam. However if you call me ahead of time I will be happy to schedule a
make-up exam within a reasonable time-frame (i.e. within the next
week). Ten percent will be deducted from the score of make-up
exams. Clinical testing (practical exam) cannot be made up.
Punctuality is also important. Waiting
to start class while the late arrivals show up is a waste of valuable class
time and is inconsiderate of those who made the effort to arrive on time.
Furthermore, punctuality is a habit that is important to employers.
We have very high
expectations of you. You will be
expected to take full personal responsibility for your own
education. You are expected to be fully accountable for
continually assessing your own progress and being aware of your strengths and
areas of needed improvement. This includes the following:
If you miss part or all of a class, it is YOUR
responsibility to be active and assertive in finding out what you missed and
getting all pertinent material (handouts, lecture notes, etc.).
If you become aware (through your own
observations or feedback from others) that your performance is deficient in any
way, you must be accountable to do what is needed to remedy this. I am
more than happy to coach you inside of or outside of class (make an
appointment) and help you with this
THE GOAL OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL. NOT
TO FAIL PEOPLE.
My personal goal is to prepare each of you to be the best CMA
that you can be.
I will give you as many learning opportunities as I can. We will
be going to different facilities, having guest speakers and doing as much hands
on as we can. I am open to new ideas and suggestions to better the program.
Please feel free to express your ideas.
I do require as much dedication to the program from you as I
give. We are all committed to being here every Saturday. I know there are other
things we’d all to be doing on Saturday, but this is now your LIFE.
Let’s have a good time, learn with each other and from each
other and support each other through this next year. Welcome to the Medical