Apr 20, 2019  
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MDA 102 - Medical Assisting Science


This course provides the medical assisting student with an introduction to the healthcare field and the role of the medical assistant in the ambulatory care setting.  Students will gain an uderstanding of the qualifications and duties, professional affiliation, scope of practice, professional conduct, and requirements necessary to become a medical assistant.  This course emphasizes the physical and psychosocial changes which occur throughout the lifespan and the skills necessary to assist patients to adapt to these changes.  Students will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of communication and the ability to effect methods to overcome barriers to effective communication in order to establish effective therapeutic relationships.  The development of self-awareness and professional identity is emphasized.  This 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
Hours
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. Explain the physical and psychosocial changes which occur throughout the life-span and the skills required to assist patients to adapt to these changes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 



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