Medical Office Clinical Procedures Lab

Course Number: MA 124
Transcript Title: Med Office Clinical Proc (Lab)
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 4, 2015
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 60
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Practice and demonstrate proficiency in the procedures listed under MA123. Examination room techniques, assisting the physician with examination, treatment and minor surgery.  Covers methods of asepsis and sterilization and the proper care of equipment and supplies. Corequisite MA 123.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Perform clinical competencies as required by the accrediting agency in a medical setting.
  2. Apply techniques that ensure sterility and quality control in a medical setting.
  3. Prepare the patient for physical examinations and procedures, including surgical and diagnostic procedures and assist the physician.
  4. Perform clinical procedures including vital signs, documentation, medications, medication administration, specimen collection, EKG and spirometry in the medical setting
  5. Use communication techniques and behaviors in the clinical setting that are therapeutic, respectful and proficient.
  6. Exhibit professionalism in patient interview skills and interactions with health care professionals and the general public.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by these tasks conducted individually and in cooperation with other students. 

  • Develop skills in the actual performance of medical assistant clinical tasks in accordance with the theoretical knowledge taught in the clinical procedures course.
  • Answer theoretical and application questions in modules after viewing demonstrations and reading modules and text.
  • Individual proficiency testing will take place after modules have been graded and returned; reading has been assigned, lab demonstrations, and supervised lab practice.

Course Activities and Design

Structured lab, held weekly. Modules will be explained and worked. This schedule is provided along with the lecture schedule. Each lab project is packaged as an individual module which is self-contained and includes all required directions. The individual modules are explained in Course Content below.

  1. Each module contains (as appropriate):
    • An overview sheet which explains the purpose and concept of the module
    • A study guide which outlines general directions for completing the module
    • Project sheets and/or worksheets which give step-by-step directions
    • Information sheets which provide general background
    • Evaluation sheets – for your comments on the module as a learning experience
  2. These modules are available from the Clinical Lab Instructor
  3. The corresponding medical office clinical procedures course lecture and lab schedule indicates the order in which the modules are to be completed.  Lab modules must be completed as sequenced and by the dates indicated in the Schedule (refer to Syllabus). Modules must be completed handed in and corrected before proceeding to the next module listed.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


Develop knowledge and skill to prepare patients for, and assist physicians in the examination of patients; and to perform basic diagnostic tests. Perform vital signs. Perform correct hand washing. Wrap items for autoclaving. Perform sterilization techniques. Dispose of biohazardous materials. Practice standard precautions. Perform visual acuity testing with the Snellen chart. Perform screening test for color blindness. Perform screening test for audio perceptions. Perform ear and ear instillations, eye and ear irrigations, and prepare specimens for transport to a laboratory. Practice positioning and draping patients for examination. Prepare examination trays and assist the physician as requested.


Develop knowledge and skill to prepare for and assist physicians in specified examinations, as performed in various specialties. Practice using and performing spirometry. Understand how to interpret basic results of the respiratory exam. Present the physician with a clean, professional and legible report.


Develop knowledge and skills to prepare patients, and equipment for minor surgery and assist physicians in the operating room, maintaining asepsis, infection and quality control. Identify common medical/surgical instruments and explain their uses. Understand the importance of cleanliness and asepsis in a medical office. Develop proficiency in hand washing. Gain proficiency in putting on sterile gloves after a surgical scrub.


Develop knowledge and skills to perform electrocardiography from the preparation of the patient to the mounting of a diagnostic tracing. Understand the electrocardiograph, its operation and relationship to the patient. Development of proper technique in obtaining electrocardiograms. Develop and understanding of artifacts, how they relate to the electrocardiograph and how to identify and avoid them. Practice in mounting the recordings of the ECG's so as to present them to the physician in a legible, professional, standardized form and to preserve them in good condition for quick reference in the future.


Enable the student to identify and treat emergencies in the office and practice safety in prevention of office emergencies. Students will understand provider level CPR certification and first aid.


Develop skills and knowledge to enable students to administer basic physical therapy modalities and instruct patients as directed by physician employers. Apply sterile dressings. Apply bandages to finger, hand, foot, arm and leg neatly and with enough tension they will remain in place. Understand the application of ultrasound and application of hydrocollator packs. Understand the administration of immediate care for soft tissue injury. Perform crutch fittings and demonstrate a three‐point gait.


Provide knowledge so the student can understand and discuss basic radiology use and safety and instruct patients in preparation for various x‐ray exams.


Provide knowledge so that the student understands the basic concepts of establishing and maintaining a supply inventory of all expendable supplies and equipment in a physician's office.


Provide knowledge and skill to enable students to prepare patients for injections. Understand a physician's order to administer an injection. Prepare an injection from an ampule, single or multiple dose vial. Identify the correct route and site of administration. Administer medication by subcutaneous, intradermal, or intramuscular routes.


Provide knowledge and skills to receive a medication order and translate that into correct doses using proper mathematical applications. Identify correct units of measurement and proper documentation.

Related Instruction


Hours: 25


  • Perform clinical procedures including vital signs, documentation, medications, medication administration, specimen collection, EKG and spirometry in the medical office

Skills/Activity Detail

Hours and Instruction Method

RI Hours

Perform vital signs      6 hour lab


Perform visual acuity      1 hour lab     1
Perform spirometry      5 hour lab     5
Perform electrocardiography      5 hour lab     5
Prepare and administer medications                   8 hour lab     8