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Introduction to Medical Assisting
Course: MDC103

First Term: 2020 Fall 1
Clock Hours:    125
Grading Basis: CLK

Description: This course develops the foundation of healthcare through an understanding of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and application of basic pathophysiology as it relates to an entry-level medical assisting. Medical terminology as it related to structures, functions, diseases, procedures, and diagnostic testing. Building and analyzing terms using word parts. Medical abbreviations, symbols and correct spelling and pronunciation. Basic first aid, CPR review, and emergency preparedness. Professionalism in healthcare to ensure students are ready to enter the professional workplace including etiquette, image, manners, communication, professional relationships, responsibility and accountability, respectfulness, patient privacy. Empathy, compassion and emotional maturity specific to the healthcare setting. Focus on development of personal and professional communication skills and an understanding of how effective communication skills promote teamwork. Additional focus on intercultural communication strategies.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain how medical terms are created. (I)
2. Apply standard word guidelines to medical terms. (I)
3. Use standard medical suffixes and prefixes accurately. (I)
4. Use system word parts to build and analyze terms. (I-III)
5. Spell medical terms. (I-IX)
6. Describe the organizational components, directional terms, and anatomical position of the body. (II)
7. Identify the major body system structures and their related word parts. (III)
8. Identify the main functions of body organs and systems and their related word parts. (III)
9. Define medical terms related to common disease processes. (III)
10. Define standard diagnostic and procedural terms for each body system. (III)
11. Define medical terms commonly used in obstetrics and pediatrics. (IV, V)
12. Recognize common abbreviations and symbols related to each body system and specialty areas. (IV-IX)
13. Define medical terms commonly used in mental health. (VI)
14. Define medical terms commonly used in oncology. (VII)
15. Define medical terms commonly used in diagnostic medical imaging. (VIII)
16. Define medical terms commonly used in surgery. (IX)
17. Explain the goals, components and types of communication. (X)
18. Explain strategies to support and barriers to effective communication. (X)
19. Describe the communication skills of listening, feedback and assertiveness. (X)
20. Describe specific skills, sensitivities and strategies which enhance intercultural communication. (X)
21. Describe inter-professional relationships on health care teams including roles, traits, characteristics, activities, and benefits of teams within health care organizations. (X)
22. Explain the importance of professionalism in the healthcare setting. (XI, XIV, XV)
23. Demonstrate professional behavior through role-playing and interactive activities. (XI-XV)
24. Demonstrate personal and professional performance competencies. (XI-XV)
25. Differentiate among professional behaviors with fellow students, patients, coworkers and superiors. (XII-XIV)
26. Relate the main structures and functions of the body organs and systems to health care setting. (XVI)
27. Review basic anatomy of the body systems. (XVI)
28. Recognize the basic pathophysiology of the body systems. (XVI)
29. Review common pathology. (XVII)
30. Define terms related to communicable diseases. (XVII)
31. Explain safety procedures in the clinical setting. (XVIII)
32. Demonstrate principles of body mechanics for personal safety. (XVIII)
33. Recognize and perform proper steps in the event of emergency situations. (XVIII)
34. Apply basic first aid procedures. (XIX)
35. Review principles and steps of healthcare provider CPR. (XX)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction to medical terminology
   A. Derivation of medical terms
      1. Acronym
      2. Eponym
      3. Word parts
   B. Terms from word parts
      1. Word root
      2. Combining vowel/combining form
      3. Suffixes
      4. Prefixes
   C. Guidelines
      1. Connecting word parts
      2. Reading terms from word parts
      3. Spelling
II. Body structure
   A. Body organization
   B. Planes
   C. Cavities
   D. Abdominopelvic regions/quadrants
   E. Directional terms
   F. Anatomical position
   G. Quadrants
III. Terminology by body system
   A. Structures and word parts
   B. Functions and word parts
   C. Additional prefixes and suffixes
   D. Pathology terms
   E. Diagnostic tests
   F. Procedure terms
   G. Abbreviations and symbols
IV. Obstetrics
   A. Body structural and functional changes
   B. Word parts
   C. Pathology terms
   D. Diagnostic tests
   E. Abbreviations
   F. Spelling
V. Pediatrics
   A. Child growth and development
   B. Word parts
   C. Pathology terms
   D. Abbreviations
   E. Spelling
VI. Mental health
   A. Defense mechanisms
   B. Word parts
   C. Mental disorders
   D. Treatment terms
   E. Abbreviations
   F. Spelling
VII. Oncology
   A. Neoplasm growth and development
   B. Word parts
   C. Grading and staging
   D. Pathology terms
   E. Diagnostic and treatment terms
   F. Abbreviations
   G. Spelling
VIII. Diagnostic medical imaging (DMI)
   A. Word parts
   B. Diagnostic and procedure terms
   C. Abbreviations
   D. Spelling
IX. Surgery
   A. Surgical process terms
   B. Common surgical positions
   C. Common surgical incisions
   D. Suture terms
   E. Abbreviations
   F. Spelling
X. Communication and teamwork
   A. Communication framework
      1. Goals
      2. Components of communication
      3. Types of communication
      4. Discuss the theories of:
         a. Maslow
         b. Erikson
         c. Kubler-Ross
   B. Communication strategies
      1. Supportive strategies
      2. Barriers to communication
      3. Consequences for poor communication
   C. Listening, feedback, and assertiveness
      1. Methods for improving feedback
      2. Impact of positive self-image and assertive behavior
   D. Intercultural communication
      1. Cultural diversity
      2. Skills for intercultural communication
   E. Teamwork
      1. Traits of a team
      2. Role of leader
      3. Role of team member
      4. Characteristics of a non-effective team
      5. Team activities
      6. Benefits of effective teams
      7. Traditional teams
XI. Definition of professional behavior
   A. Professionalism in healthcare
      1. Communication
      2. Punctuality
      3. Productivity
      4. Organization
      5. Safety
   B. Different requirements for healthcare versus other industries
   C. Personal versus professional ethics
   D. Professional etiquette
XII. Professionalism as a student
   A. Relationship with peers
      1. Social versus professional communication
      2. Boundaries
      3. Effects of unprofessional behavior on academic performance
      4. Teamwork and collaboration
   B. Relationship with instructors
      1. Building trust and respect
      2. Establishing mentoring relationships
      3. Establishing networks
   C. Professionalism on campus
      1. Relating to campus personnel outside the classroom
XIII. Professionalism in the externship
   A. Patient care
   B. Building professional relationships
   C. Marketing oneself
      1. Professional portfolio
         a. Resume
         b. Cover letter
         c. Skills and performance
         d. Credentials
      2. Interview techniques
XIV. Professionalism in the workplace
   A. With patients
   B. With coworkers
   C. With superiors
   D. Other professional relationships
   E. In performance of duties
   F. During emergency situations
      1. Recognize potential emergencies
      2. Respond to emergency team
XV. Other aspects of professionalism
   A. Confidentiality and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
   B. Medical information
   C. Communicating on behalf of your facility
   D. Community outreach and partnerships
XVI. Basic anatomy and physiology
   A. Musculoskeletal
   B. Digestive
   C. Respiratory
   D. Urinary
   E. Reproductive
   F. Endocrine
   G. Cardiovascular
   H. Lymphatic
   I. Nervous system and behavioral health
   J. Integumentary
   K. Special senses
XVII. Common pathology
   A. Basic anatomical pathology
   B. Basic physiological pathology
   C. Communicable diseases
XVIII. Safety precautions within the clinical setting
   A. Personal protective equipment
   B. Body mechanics
      1. Normal alignment
      2. Principles of body movement
      3. Correct techniques
   C. Principles of ergonomics
      1. Posture
      2. Environment
      3. Repetitive motion
   D. Biohazard containers
   E. Correct handling of supplies and equipment
      1. Identify safety signs, symbols, and labels
      2. Comply with safety signs, symbols, and labels
      3. Eyewash equipment
      4. Fire extinguishers
   F. Recognize and respond to emergencies
      1. Participate in mock exposure event
      2. Evaluate the work environment to identify unsafe working conditions
      3. Recognize the physical and emotional effects on persons involved in an emergency
      4. Demonstrate self-awareness in responding to an emergency
XIX. Review and perform basic first aid
   A. Bleeding
   B. Shock (including diabetic and insulin)
   C. Seizures
   D. Fractures
   E. Syncope
   F. Bites and stings
   G. Burns
   H. Poison control
   I. Therapeutic modalities
      1. Assistive devices for ambulation
      2. Casts, slings, splints, and dressings
      3. Diathermy and cryotherapy
XXI. Healthcare provider level CPR
   A. Produce up-to-date documentation of healthcare provider level CPR
   B. Review the principles and steps of healthcare provider level CPR
Clock Curriculum Committee Approval Date: 3-4-2020

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