Dec 15, 2018  
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MDA 102 - Medical Assisting Science

Introduction to the profession of medical assisting with an emphasis on the definition of the role, education, and scope of practice of the Medical Assistant.  Topics include: qualifications and duties, professional affiliation, history of medicine, ethics and professionalism, medical-legal aspects of patient care, and the role of the medical assistant in the physician's office.  Physical and psychosocial changes throughout the lifespan are discussed.  Orientation to effective interpersonal skills and professional patient/staff interactions.  The development of self-awareness and professional identity is emphasized.  The course is designated as a service learning course.  This component requires completion of a service learning project to benefit the campus/community and a reflection paper, designed to promote the development of leadership, communication, team collaboration skills and professional identity.

Credits: 2
2 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  State and explain the role of the medical assistant in the ambulatory care center, including scope of practice, the importance of professional conduct within the healthcare setting, and requirements to obtain the medical assisting degree and certification as a Certified Medical Assistant through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
2.  Name and explain medical-legal aspects of patient care, including HIPAA rules and regulations.
3.  State and explain various cultural differences and the skills needed to provide culturally sensitive and competent care.
4.  Explain the physical and psychosocial changes which occur throughout the life-span and the skills required to assist patients to adapt to these changes.
5.  Expain basic concepts of communication, including verbal and nonverbal communication, barriers to effective communication and the methods to overcome these barriers in order to establish effective therapeutic relationships.
6.  Demonstrate self-awareness and recognition of the influence of their own style of communication, values, emotions, behaviors and coping mechanisms within interpersonal relationships and the impact these have upon their personal and professional development.
7.  Demonstrate ability to effectively work, communicate, and collaborate with others and ability to reflect upon personal and professional growth and development of a professional identity as a Medical Assistant through completion of a service learning project and written reflection.
8.  Prepare written papers which adhere to APA style, the professional writing style of a career in the healthcare field.

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