Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 22, 2024  
Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog

AHS 295 - AHS Practicum: Medical Assistant

Description: Entry-level Medical Assistant skills at a supervised host site. Application of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary for performing administrative and technical functions in ambulatory healthcare settings including physician's offices, clinics, and urgent care settings. Minimum of 120 practicum hours required. S/U grading only. 

Prerequisites: AHS 121 AHS 140 , AHS 173 , and practicum application. Students must enroll in AHS 295 within 3 semesters of completing AHS 121 and receive program director permission prior to enrollment.

Credits: 3
Lab: 9

Course Content:
  1. Anatomy and physiology
  2. Medical terminology
  3. Medical law and ethics
  4. Psychology and human relations
  5. Infection control, asepsis, sterilization
  6. Patient examination and preparation
  7. Specimen collection and phlebotomy
  8. Pharmacology
  9. Medication administration including injections
  10. Basic laboratory procedures including capillary sticks
  11. Basic clerical functions including reception, ordering, office safety, etc.
  12. Manual and computerized records management
  13. Financial management and bookkeeping
  14. Insurance (including procedural and diagnostic coding)

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Manage medical records upholding security and privacy standards as outlined in HIPAA regulations. (2,3,12-14)
  2. Use computer programs commonly found in health care settings. (11-14)
  3. Assist health care providers in delivering care to clients with multiple health care needs. (1-14)
  4. Document how diversity and culture affect delivery of health care. (4)
  5. Obtain specimens for diagnostic evaluation and testing. (1,2,5-7,10,12)
  6. Describe the structural organization of the body. (1,2) 7. Calculate medication dosages. (2,9)
  7. List the indications for use, dosage forms, usual dosage, side effects, interactions with other drugs, storage requirements, generic and trade names and mechanism of action for commonly used medications. (1,2,5,8,9)
  8. For all major body systems, describe common diseases and conditions, methods of diagnosis, short and long term effects of disease processes, treatment and therapy and restoration strategies. (1,2,6,8-10)
  9. Distinguish if it is appropriate to release patient records in accordance with policies and procedure for access and disclosure of personal health information. (3,11-14)
  10. Use effective communication skills with health care professionals and patients. (4,6,11)