Course Details

MEDA 078 Principles of Patient Care

1 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 2 units
Grade Only

Description: This course provides Medical Assisting students with the fundamentals of patient care in the clinical setting. Students practice the communication skills needed to obtain patient information, as well as instruct and educate patients. Students apply the principles of medical documentation to record information obtained from patient interviews, measuring vital signs, procedures performed or other pertinent patient information as an entry in the patient's medical record. Correct body mechanics needed to assist, move and position patients are presented and students practice positioning patients, preparing trays, measuring a patient's vital signs and assisting with general and specialized clinical procedures performed in the medical setting and within the "Scope of Practice" for the Medical Assistant.