MA Apprenticeship

· March 28, 2021

MA Program Overview

Prerequisite:

Minimum

  1. 16 years of age
  2. 2.5 GPA,
  3. Commit to complete 2 semesters and
  4. 1 summer session

Recommendation:

This certification will grant you employment opportunities in multiple levels of medical occupations. 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students shall obtain an industry-standard certification for Medical Assistant. 

The intent of this course of study is to prepare students age 16 and up with the opportunity to become a qualified Medical Assistant for an entry-level position in a variety of practice settings.

Course Description:

The Medical Apprenticeship Course offers a curriculum to students established by the National Apprenticeship Standards and complies with regulations required by the State of California.  The medical Apprenticeship Course Curriculum will provide entry-level competencies and potential MA certification by the conclusion of the program. 

Subsequently, students will be placed as paid interns, at on-site medical facilities, to fulfil the practical learning portion of the Apprenticeship Program. The Medical Apprenticeship Course will also promote lifelong learning skills and be used as a tool to enhance teaching strategies.

The student will be prepared to become an effective multi-skilled member of a health team and employable as a Medical Assistant at the conclusion of completing the core competency.  Goals of this curriculum include:

  1. Comply with regulations established by the National Apprenticeship Standards
  2. Comply with regulations established by the State of California.
  3. Achieve entry-level competencies, which satisfy industry needs.
  4. Promote lifelong learning skills.
  5. Be a tool that stimulates or enhances teaching strategies.

Additionally, this curriculum is appropriate preparation for the certification exam when students turn age 18, available in California, with the addition of 10 hours of administering injections and 10 hours of vein and skin puncturing.

Students are required to enroll for two semesters of classroom-related instruction for a total of 200 semester hours and a 4 to 8-week summer session of non-paid on-the-job learning totaling 500 hours necessary to complete the core competency requirement for an apprenticeship.   The sponsor may determine that the apprentice student has met the core competency level earlier than 500 hours but still must adhere to testing and evaluation assessment.

Should a student desire to drop out of the apprenticeship program prior to the completion of the course requirements, the student will be deactivated from the national apprenticeship program registration and will not receive the industry-standard certification for Medical Assistant due to non-completion.  However, the student shall maintain credits earn through course completion and any certificates completed.

Upon completion of the core component of the curriculum, the Medical Assistant student should be able to:

  1. Discuss the various occupations in the healthcare field.
  2. Understand the role of the medical assistant.
  3. Understand the impact of law and ethics on the practice of medical assisting.
  4. Identify and develop professional communication patient relationships and service excellence and cultural competency.
  5. Utilize critical thinking skills
  6. Correctly use the language of medicine.
  7. Understand basic human anatomy and physiology as it relates to each body system.
  8. Describe the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  9. Demonstrate the proper handling and disposal of hazardous and biohazard waste.
  10. Demonstrate how to screen patient calls or walk-in patients.
  11. Develop knowledge of appointment scheduling.
  12. Operate all types of computer hardware and software.
  13. Correctly evaluate cardiac arrest and/or obstructed airway, and safely perform CPR.
  14. Provide care for patients with medical office emergencies.
  15. Develop skills required to obtain and maintain employment.
  16. Utilize the Electronic Health Record, specifically document the patient encounter
  17. Identify criteria of establishing professional fees and customer credit, and identify the laws and regulations that affect follow-up and collection procedures.
  18. Distinguish types of insurance and insurance claims used in the medical office setting.
  19. Participate in facility management.
  20. Follow the principles of infection control and to protect the client and self from risk of infection.
  21. Interview a patient and correctly complete appropriate sections of medical history forms.
  22. Complete requirements for assisting with patient screening and intake.
  23. Understand the anatomy and physiology, normal parameters, and theoretical and procedural requirements when obtaining taking vital signs and measuring height and weight.
  24. Demonstrate the procedural requirements for assisting with the physical examination.
  25. Perform vision screening.
  26. Carry out his/her role and responsibilities to safely prepare and administer medications in the ambulatory care setting.
  27. Learn Lab procedures.  Properly collect, process and perform testing of urine specimens.

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe and identify 100 careers and duties related to various medical specialties.
  2. Understand and use medical terminology and medical abbreviations for chosen career plans.
  3. Identify the body systems and related anatomy and physiology.
  4. Chart and Report observations including vital signs, pathology and clinical diagnostic procedures.
  5. Demonstrate through academic and clinical evaluation the competence and skill in various medical disciplines and use of standard precautions and infection control.
  6. Demonstrate in clinical or non-clinical performance a practical knowledge of body mechanics and assistance, Laboratory Techniques.
  7. Demonstrate through academic and clinical performance the competence and skill of taking vital signs, including measuring blood pressure, pulse, respirations, visual acuity, height  weight and vision screenings.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of and practical application of patient’s rights and confidentiality (HIPPA)
  9. Identify and apply medical law as well as ethical principles of behavior and attitude in professional and patient and/or client relationships.
  10. Keyboard computer applications, office practices, billing and coding insurance processes
  11. Medication administration and pharmacology

A variety of instructional methods will be used:

 

  1. Direct instruction (lecture, demonstrations, small and large group discussions)
  2. Audio visual aids and follow-up discussions
  3. Simulations, role playing
  4. Collaborative learning opportunities
  5. Student presentations
  6. Work-based learning internships
  7. Journaling

Assessment of student performance will include but not be limited to:

  1. Quizzes and exams
  2. Research papers
  3. Internship evaluations
  4. Journal completion
  5. Career/employment portfolio
  6. Participation
Grading Policy

The following is the grading policy for this class.

  • 20% Individual/group projects/presentations
  • 20% Daily assignments
  • 20% Class participation
  • 20% Daily journal for work-based learning internship
  • 20% Tests and quizzes

Scoring Rubric

Course Content

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Section 1 - Introduction to Medical Assisting

Section 2 - The Medical Record and Health History
Section 3 - Vital Signs
Section 4 - Introduction to Medical Terminology and Anatomy
Section 5 - Sterilization and Disinfection
Section 6 - The Physical Examination
Section 7 - Eye and Ear Assessment and Procedures
Section 8 - Administration of Medication and Intravenous Therapy
Section 9 - Nutrition and Health Promotion
Section 10 - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Section 11 - Behavioral Health
Section 12 - Assisting with Medications
Section 13 - Assisting with Clinical Laboratory Procedures
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Course Content

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Section 1 - Introduction to Medical Assisting
Section 2 - The Medical Record and Health History
Section 3 - Vital Signs
Section 4 - Introduction to Medical Terminology and Anatomy
Section 5 - Sterilization and Disinfection
Section 6 - The Physical Examination
Section 7 - Eye and Ear Assessment and Procedures
Section 8 - Administration of Medication and Intravenous Therapy
Section 9 - Nutrition and Health Promotion
Section 10 - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Section 11 - Behavioral Health
Section 12 - Assisting with Medications
Section 13 - Assisting with Clinical Laboratory Procedures
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Course Includes

  • 40 Lessons
  • 494 Topics
  • 25 Quizzes