Wenatchee Valley College
Medical Assistant Program
Fall Quarter 2016
MA 115: Clinical Procedures I – (7 credits)
Saturday 8-5 classroom 2105 and Sim
Instructors: Jan Kaiser, RN, Andrea Goodwin, CMA,
Marilyn Brincat, RN, Katie Ferguson, CMA, Molly Motooka, CMA
(Jan’s office) 682-6683 (Andrea’s office)
682-6663 (Marilyn’s office)
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.
The Medical Assistant; Kinn 12th Edition
to Accompany The Medical Assistant: Kinn 12th Edition, Publisher - Elsevier
Drug Book: Nursing 2016 or 2017 Drug Handbook: By Lippincott/Williams & Wilkins
Notes: pocket guide; FA Davis
Tabers: Medical Dictionary.
Master Competency Checklist 2015 MAERB Core Curriculum: Will be handed out in the 1st quarter and students
are required to pass all the psychomotor and affective competencies in the
MAERB Core Curriculum, as is outlined in Standard IV.A.1., by the end of the 3rd
quarter, students will also
have a checklist for their practicum that will need to be completed before
completion of the program. (See teaching methods below)
Each student must purchase and bring his/her
own stethoscope by the end of the first quarter. White pants (NO Jeans),
white shoes and solid scrub top, watch with second hand and name tag. Name tag
will be your student MA 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 and testing. Skill check off sheets will be part of the testing
and must be completed by the end of each quarter, organized into a 3 ring binder and labeled with a table of contents.
Completed binder of the skills check list for the quarter will be your “ticket”
to take the final.
Not having this information completed will result in an “F” and removal
from the medical assistant program.
Evaluation: Exams 2
written 150 – 200 pts = 300 to 400
Quizzes 4 -6 50
pts to 75 pts. = 200 to 450
paper = 100
testing and checklists (pass/fail) = 200 to
Total: = 800 -1250
(practical exam) cannot be made
No late work will be accepted. Due dates and times
will be given to you and turning in your work needs to be to the instructor who assigned the work, please
do not give to another instructor and expect them to turn it in for you. Your
school work is your responsibility!
grading scale will be used. Remember, you have to have a “C” or better to pass
have the right to adjust the course schedule and revise the course syllabus as
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 “practicum experience”. During this experience
you are expect to complete 160 hours as a Medical Assistant with
preceptor guidance. (unpaid time) This is a fun and exciting experience.
It can also be a demanding and sometimes stressful experience. Before you
may enter the “Practicum” 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
Attendance Policy and
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 Saturday
class runs from 8 - 5 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 a written or practical 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 schedule
a make-up for a written (only) exam/quizzes within a reasonable time-frame
(i.e. within a few days). Ten percent will be deducted from the
score of make-up exams.
If you do not pass a clinical skill, you will
be given a “remediation form” and
the instructor will fill out the amount of time (2 to 8 hours) you are to be in
the simulation lab working on the skill(s) and then be re-tested before being
allowed to move onto the next quarter or your practicum. This is designed to
help you be successful in your profession, this is not a punishment.
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/We
are more than happy to coach you inside of or outside of class, please make an
appointment with an instructor for assistance.
It is also expected of
you to spend time outside of class to enhance your learning. Just like any new
skill, practice is a big part of it and just practicing during class will not
be adequate. So please understand that many of the skills you will be learning
will require extra time on your part to come to the simulation lab and/or
practice at home. This is an expectation
and your future patients deserve that you are the best you can be! They trust
you to be the best.
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/We 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/We do require as much dedication to the program from you as I/We
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
assignments: are worth 20 pts. or zero pts. (If turned in and
done 20 pts., If not turned in or turned in only partially done zero points)
Cheating in any way is cause for dismissal
from the class and the program.
“To prepare competent
entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor
(skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”
(Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accreditation
requires three learning domains to be addressed within our MA program;
Cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary, these three learning domains are defined as the
Cognitive: relating to,
or involving conscious mental activities (such as thinking, understanding,
learning, and remembering)
Psychomotor: relating to motor action directly proceeding
from mental activity
Affective: relating to, arising from, or
influencing feelings or emotions/ expressing emotion
(All three of these learning domains
are done throughout our program. Each student is expected to study and learn
the information provided within the courses taught. Quizzes and testing, both
written and practical (hand on), are done throughout the program. Grading is
done either by letter grade or pass/fail. Records are kept of their grades.
Working on group projects and discussion in classes address affective learning,
as does every day interactions with their fellow classmates.)
are given the Master Competency Checklist 2008 MAERB Core Curriculum at the
beginning of their program start and must have it completed by the end of their
3rd quarter. Along with this checklist, they also have a checklist
during the “practicum” that covers many of the same skills again.
the three quarters, many of these skills are done over and over during our
clinical classes and are tested throughout each quarter.
Medical Assistant Program – Fall
2016 - Class
Schedule – Clinical - Saturdays 8-5 (room 2105 and Sim Lab)
Reading - Kinn Book 12th ed.
**See Chapter objectives at the beginning of
Course Overview - Introduction
Vital Signs & Measurements
Chapters 31 and 32
Bring "Big" book
Taking a Medical History
Chapters 28, 31, 32
Quiz over class 1
Disease project – pt. education sheet **
Ch. 28, 43
Quiz vital signs/medications
Assistive devices/ Rehabilitation
Chapters 37, 56, 57
Quiz – Pt history, vital signs
EXAM # 1
Written and Practical
covered to this point
Written to start at 0800
Practical to start @ 0930
Assisting with minor surgery
Cont. minor surgery
Critical thinking exercises
Chapter 36 57
Quiz Surgical instruments
Nutrition Project handed out
Final format TBA
paper due and presented to class
Chapters 30, 36 Checklist Due
11/23rd – 11/27
Class resumes 11/28/16
Clinical Final Exam
Winter Start graduation at 1:00
Written – CMA practice
exam 200 questions / 4 reference books
Checklist Due/Completed for fall
Dec. 6th – 8th – FINALS
Christmas break starts Dec. 9th
. Winter quarter starts January 4th, 2017
(Class schedule subject to change)