Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

AHM 106 - Medical Assistant Techniques and Practicum I

Course Description

This course is structured to prepare the student to assist the physician in the clinic, outpatient office and ambulatory health care settings. The responsibilities include preparation of the client for examination, measurement of basic body functions, assistance in diagnostic testing and procedures, and general clinical procedures performed in the medical office.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Understand the role and function of the medical assistant in the health care delivery system.
Evaluate the impact of disease and disease causing organisms on man and his environment.
Describe the role of the medical assistant in assisting with physical measurements.
Perform the duties necessary to assist the physician with the health history and physical examination.
Understand the role of the medical assistant in the collecting and handling of specimens.
Analyze the role of the medical assistant in assisting the physician in minor surgery.
Understand the importance of nutrition, exercise, and diet therapy to the well being of the patient.

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: (ENG 050, REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075, MAT 050/060, or appropriate test scores