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Course Number: NCMA 113
Course Title: Clinical Practicum I
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture/Lab Hours: 30
Lab Hours: 75
Special Fee: none
Provides opportunities to practice direct care to patients and support office functions in a medical setting.
Intended Outcomes for the Course
- Complete administrative tasks including scheduling and monitoring office or clinic appointments.
- Prepare and assist with selected examinations, procedures and treatments.
- Provide care that encompasses compassion, empathy, and respect of cultural diversity.
- Utilize therapeutic and professional communication techniques in the clinical setting with patients, peers, and health care team members.
- Utilize basic patient teaching techniques when communicating with clients.
- Present self in both appearance and behavior appropriate for a professional medical assistant in compliance with OCCC and facility policies.
- Adhere to ethical and legal principles guiding practice as a medical assistant.
Course Activities and Design
- Skills practice lab with patient scenarios
- Clinical practicum
- Clinical evaluations
- Reflective journaling
- Written assignments
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Seminar discussion.
- Reading assignments examining clinical practicum.
- Small group discussions designed to stimulate critical thinking and positive interactive communication with peers.
- Clinical practicum.
- Clinical evaluations.
- Journaling designed to accurately reflect on clinical experience.
- Completion of daily logs detailing clinical experience.
- Skills practice lab with formative and summative procedural evaluations.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Orientation to clinical practice
- Orientation to the practice setting
- Front-office skills
- Using appropriate telephone techniques
- Scheduling and monitoring appointments
- Filing and records management
- Back-office skills
- Using aseptic technique and appropriate infection control measures
- Obtaining patient histories and vital signs
- Documenting appropriately
- Preparing patients for examinations and procedures
- Operating selected instruments and equipment
- Collecting and processing selected specimens
- Providing patient teaching