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MDA 108C - Medical Assisting Externship

Credits: 3
160 Clinical Hours

Prerequisites:  ALH 106 , ALH 140 BIO 103 , CIT 100  , MDA 103 , MDA 104 , MDA 105 , MDA 106 , MDA 107  and MDA 208  plus fullfillment of pre-externship requirements.

This course is a supervised, non-paid 160 hour work experience in a private physician’s office or in a clinic. The student gains practical experience applying the knowledge, skills and behaviors learned in the Medical Assistant program to perform administrative, clinical and communication competencies. This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Prior to the externship current CPR, Criminal Record Clearance and PA Child Abuse Clearances (Act 33/34) and a physical examination are required. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Perform clinical procedures related to patient examinations and assist the physician throughout the exam.
  2. Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to industry standards.
  3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  4. Perform administrative functions related to medical business practices.
  5. Display behavior in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights.
Listed Topics
  1. Administrative functions including receptionist duties, telephone procedures, appointment scheduling, patient records, office communication, medical financial management responsibilities and health insurance claims
  2. Patient care functions including preparation of the patient for physical examination, positioning and draping patient, vital signs, height and weight measurements, sterilization procedures, assistance with examinations, aseptic techniques, electrocardiography, oral medications, parenteral medications (excluding IV), x-rays and eye examinations
  3. Laboratory functions including laboratory organization, venipuncture, finger puncture, chemical examination of urine, microscopic examination of urine, stool examination for occult blood, CLIA waived tests, throat culture, mono spot test for mononucleasis, pregnancy test, quality control in the laboratory and laboratory safety
  4. Applied communication including styles and types of communication, telephone techniques, general office policies, coping mechanisms, culture and environmental, developmental life stage, language and physical barriers to communication
  5. Medical business practice functions including basic practice finances, basic bookkeeping computations, bank deposits, accounts receivable procedures and computerized office building systems
Reference Materials
Textbooks, audio, video, internet, and lab equipment.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 09/27/2019

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