Basic Healthcare Skills for the Medical Assistant

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MOA 120

       Course Name: Basic Healthcare Skills for the Medical Assistant

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Admission to the Medical Assistant Program

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces basic techniques and knowledge required to perform fundamental healthcare skills.  Topics to include infection control, hand hygiene, vital signs, body mechanics, patient transfers, and oxygen therapy.  Professional communication to obtain health history/patient information and medical documentation will also be included.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the cycle of infection control
  2. Define safe body mechanics and demonstrate safe body mechanics
  3. Demonstrate proper technique for hand hygiene and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  4. Demonstrate proper collection and documentation of health history/medical information with an emphasis on professionalism, HIPPA awareness and cultural sensitivity
  5. Demonstrate how to take vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations, B/P), and document
  6. Compare different oxygen delivery devices and explain oxygen safety

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Principles of Asepsis
  2. Obtaining a health history
  3. Vital Signs
  4. Oxygen Therapy
  5. Body Mechanics
  6. Client transfers and positioning

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Course will combine lecture and hands-on skill demonstration in lab.  Students will be required to practice learned skills on each other in lab.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Skill DVDs. There is no textbook requirement for this course.  Necessary equipment and other instructional material/ reference materials will be made available to students.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be required to successfully demonstrate the learning objective skills using a standardized checklist (as required by the Medical Assistant Education Review Board -MAERB), quizzes and a final exam.  A student must pass all the lab skills in addition to the written work to pass the class.  A grading rubric will be used to accomplish this.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.