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HCA 115


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Wenatchee Valley College
Medical Assistant Program
Fall Quarter 2016
MA 115: Clinical Procedures I – (7 credits)
Saturday 8-5 classroom 2105 and Sim lab
Instructors:                 Jan Kaiser, RN, Andrea Goodwin, CMA, Marilyn Brincat, RN, Katie Ferguson, CMA, Molly Motooka, CMA
Office:                         Wenatchi Hall 2221J
Phone:                          682-6667 (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:
Introduction to 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.
Required Textbooks
TEXT: The Medical Assistant; Kinn 12th Edition
Workbook to Accompany The Medical Assistant: Kinn 12th Edition, Publisher - Elsevier
Nursing Drug Book: Nursing 2016 or 2017 Drug Handbook: By Lippincott/Williams & Wilkins
MA Notes: pocket guide; FA Davis
Optional Textbook
Tabers:  Medical Dictionary.
Checklist required:
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) 
Required Equipment
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)
Teaching Methods
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
                        Disease paper                                                                           =                      100
                        Clinical testing and checklists  (pass/fail)                                =          200 to 300
                        Attendance                                                                              =          required___
                        Total:                                                          =       800 -1250
Clinical testing (practical exam) cannot be made up.
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:   Standard grading scale will be used. Remember, you have to have a “C” or better to pass (73%-75%)
***  Instructors have the right to adjust the course schedule and revise the course syllabus as needed
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 habits.  
Attendance Policy and Make-up
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 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 courseIf 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.
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 Assistant Program.
Pass/Fail 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.”
CAAHEP (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.
Per Merriam-Webster Dictionary, these three learning domains are defined as the following:
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.)
Students 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.
Throughout 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)
Assigned Reading  - Kinn Book 12th ed.
(Test Content)
**See Chapter objectives at the beginning of each chapter
Course Overview - Introduction
Critical Thinking
Vital Signs & Measurements
Chapters 31 and 32
Bring "Big" book
Taking a Medical History
Vital signs
Drug book
Physical examination
Chapters 28, 31, 32
Quiz over class 1
Medical Asepsis
Infection control
Disease project – pt. education sheet **
Ch. 28, 43
Quiz vital signs/medications
 Checklist Due
Assistive devices/ Rehabilitation
Chapters 37, 56, 57
Quiz – Pt history, vital signs
Checklist Due
EXAM # 1
Written and Practical Exam
Over material covered to this point
Written to start at 0800
Practical to start @ 0930
Checklist Due
Assisting with minor surgery
Surgical instruments
Federal regulations
Cont. minor surgery
Critical thinking exercises
Checklist Due
Emergency response
 Chapter 36  57          
Quiz Surgical instruments
Checklist Due
Emergency Care
Nutrition Project handed out
Final format TBA
 **Disease paper due and presented to class
Chapters 30, 36            Checklist Due
Thanksgiving Holiday
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)