This course is a capstone course designed to produce employable graduates with those competencies necessary to move on to post-secondary education and/or an entry-level medical office position. Students will practice and perform clinical duties that include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, and administering medications as directed by physician. This course is also designed to teach necessary administrative skills for initial point of contact patient care in clinical, medical office, and hospital settings. Through integrated and core academic curriculum, students will learn the competencies and necessary skills of currently accepted practices and technological standards for medical assisting. Students will research and discuss ethical, legal, and professional behavior in a medical office and will adhere to those findings throughout the year. The community classroom internship provides the student with actual supervised experience in a medical office, or clinic, to enhance those competencies acquired during classroom theory and laboratory training.

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