Clinical Skills for the Medical Assistant

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MOA 230

       Course Name: Clinical Skills for the Medical Assistant

       Credits: 6 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MOA 120, MOA 180, HIT 104, HIT 105, MLT 107 (or concurrent enrollment), with minimum grades of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course combines lecture and clinical skill instruction for the medical assistant student.  Emphasis is on practical application of all clinical aspects in the medical/ healthcare office setting.  Topics will include patient assessment and documentation, medical and surgical asepsis, assisting with minor office procedures, performing an EKG, injections, specialty office and first aid procedures.  Includes an observational clinical rotation at a health care office/ambulatory facility.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. State the clinical duties required of the medical assistant
  2. Identify different routine radiologic and diagnostic imaging techniques
  3. Explain the function of different dietary nutrients and the importance of special dietary needs for certain disease conditions
  4. Describe and demonstrate the steps in basic emergency care
  5. Prepare a client for physical examination
  6. Demonstrate use, maintenance and preparation of clinical equipment and instruments used in a healthcare setting
  7. Apply basic knowledge needed to instruct, assist and prepare clients in a medical specialty office setting
  8. Perform proper medication administration and identify associated pharmacology
  9. Perform a 12-lead EKG and recognize primary arrhythmias

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. The Medical Record
  2. Medical Asepsis with clinical skills
  3. Sterilization and Disinfection with clinical skills
  4. Vital Signs with clinical skills
  5. The Physical Exam with clinical skills
  6. Minor Office Surgery with clinical skills
  7. Administration of Medication with clinical skills
  8. Cardiopulmonary Procedures with clinical skills
  9. Gynecologic exam and Prenatal Care with clinical skills
  10. The Pediatric Exam with clinical skills
  11. Colon procedures and Male genitourinary with clinical skills
  12. Eye and Ear exam and procedures with clinical skills
  13. Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging procedures
  14. Emergency medical

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Course will combine lecture, class discussion, hands-on skill instruction and practice.  There will also be an on-line interactive learning component to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills.

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.

Required textbook:
Clinical Procedures for Medical Assistants, 9th ed., by K. Bonewit-West, Saunders, Feb. 2014

Workbook for above text.

SimChart for the Medical Office, on-line interactive program by Elsevier

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods to include quizzes, exams, and written assignments. Clinical Skill competencies will be pass/fail using a standardized checklist as required by the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB). 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.