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Medical Assistant Handbook (.doc)

  1. 1. Iowa Central Community College Health Sciences Department Medical Assistant Program 2009-2010
  2. 2. Index Welcome Page 1 Job Description Page 1 Program Description Page 1 Mission Statement Page 1 Philosophy Page 2 Goals Page 2 Outcomes Page 2 Accreditation Page 3 Assessment Page 3 Admission Requirements Page 4 Advising Page 4 Personal Records Page 4 Program of Study Page 5, 6 Course Descriptions Page 7, 8, 9, 10 Curriculum Page 11 Scholastic Requirements Page 12 Grading Policy Page 12 Adding or Dropping a Course Page 12 Administrative Withdrawal Page 13 Incomplete Page 13 Transfers Page 13 Readmission Page 14 CLEP Page 14 Academic Honors Recognition Page 14 Classroom Policies Page 15 Laboratory Policies Page 16 Laboratory Supplies Page 16 Weather Related Cancellations and Delays Page 17 Attendance/Absence/Makeup Work Page 18 Student Health Page 19 Student Rights and Responsibilities Page 20 Student Conduct Page 20 Student Discipline Policy Page 21 Student Grievance Policy Page 22 Confidentiality Page 22 Scholastic Dishonesty Page 22 Student Identification Card Page 23 Student E-mail Page 23 Telephone Calls Page 23 Bookstore Page 23 Scholarships Page 24 Library Page 24 Student Success Center Page 24 Student Organizations Page 25
  3. 3. Practicum Page 26 Dishonesty During Practicum Page 26 Graduation Requirements/Commencement Page 27 Transcripts Page 27 National Certification Page 28 Job Placement Services Page 28 Summary Page 29 Program Faculty Page 29 Appendix Estimated Program Costs Core Curriculum for Medical Assistants Master Competency Form Core Performance Standards Campus Map Student Calendar Release and waiver of Liability Student Handbook Accountability Statement
  4. 4. Welcome Welcome to Iowa Central Community College and the Medical Assistant Program. The program faculty has prepared this handbook to serve as a guide for you during the Medical Assistant Program. It provides additional information not found in the Iowa Central Community College General Catalog or Iowa Central Community College Student Handbook. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the policies in this handbook, the Iowa Central Community College General Catalog, and the Iowa Central Community College Student Handbook and to remain in compliance with them throughout the program. Please refer to the Iowa Central Community College General Catalog for policies and information not addressed in this handbook. Medical Assistant Job Description Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. Medical Assistant Program Description The Medical Assistant Program at Iowa Central Community College prepares the student with theory and entry-level competence in the performance of the administrative and clinical procedures. Conducted over a period of 11 months, the diploma program includes two semesters of theory and lab followed by an eight-week, 288-hour summer practicum. The program begins in the fall and concludes in the summer. Students must earn a “C” or better in all Medical Assistant curriculum courses and meet the prerequisites to progress in the program. In addition, students must receive a “P” passing evaluation from the practicum site. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduate is eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Certified Medical Assistants (CMA (AAMA)) administered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. After completion of an accredited medical assistant program, students may opt to continue their education by obtaining an AAS degree, completing an additional 13 credit hours of required coursework and 6 credit hours of elective coursework approved by the Program Coordinator. Medical Assistant Program Mission Statement The Health Science Department provides an active learning environment to prepare students to practice as competent, entry-level medical assistants. The Medical Assistant Program is 4
  5. 5. committed to providing a quality education to students preparing for a career as a medical assistant. 5
  6. 6. Medical Assistant Program Philosophy The philosophy of the Medical Assistant Program is consistent with the philosophy of Iowa Central Community College in that it embraces the principles of democracy, subscribes to the development of each student according to their abilities and interests, and believes in the aims and objectives of Iowa Central Community College. It is further believed that learning is a change in behavior, which occurs best in a congenial and democratic climate where the student is highly motivated and in which a concentrated effort is directed toward the student’s welfare. To bring about the desired behavioral changes in the student, selected activities and experiences under the direction of qualified faculty are necessary. Each student is provided with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and to develop the competencies necessary for successful performance as a medical assistant in a physician’s office or clinic. Each student is viewed by the faculty as an individual with special needs. Skills learned are directed towards assisting the physician with preparations for and assisting with patient examinations, basic medical office laboratory tests, and medical clerical procedures. To accomplish this, a diverse curriculum is provided to facilitate the development of a competent medical assistant. Medical Assistant Program Goals 1. Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 2. Provide students with a flexible and varied curriculum to meet the individual’s needs in preparation for employment. 3. Provide students who complete the Medical Assistant Program with the knowledge and skills to practice within the ethical and legal framework of their profession. 4. Provide students with the opportunities for personal and professional development. Medical Assistant Program Outcomes 1. Display competence in all areas of the physician's office. 2. Function under the direction of the physician and staff. 3. Communicate and establish interpersonal relationships with the patient, the patient’s family, the physician, and other office employees. 4. Demonstrate an understanding of themselves, their abilities, their limitations, and their role as a member of the healthcare team. 5. Demonstrate principles of ethics, conduct, and personal appearance applicable to the medical assistant. 6. Render honest, loyal, and efficient service to the physicians who employ them and the community in which they live. 7. Continue education to maintain and improve professional competence. 8. Satisfy career training or career exploration. 6
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  8. 8. Medical Assistant Program Accreditation Iowa Central Community College is accredited by the North Central Association, a member of the Higher Learning Commission. The Iowa Central Community College Medical Assistant Diploma Program on the Fort Dodge campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) www.caahep.org, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756 (phone 727-210-2350) on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), 20 North Wacker Drive Suite 1575, Chicago, Illinois 60606 (phone 312-899-1500). Medical Assistant Program Assessment Current students, practicum providers, program graduates, and employers complete various evaluations of the Iowa Central Community College Medical Assistant Program on an annual basis using evaluation tools developed by the American Association of Medical Assistants. 8
  9. 9. Medical Assistant Program Admission Requirements • Minimum of a high school diploma (GPA of 2.5) or GED (score of 550), or 8 hours of college credit (GPA 2.0), ACT composite score of 18, COMPASS scores (writing 65, reading 80, pre-algebra 39, or algebra 46), or ASSET scores of 40 in each category (writing, reading, and numeric). • Documentation of the ability to type 35 words per minute with three errors or less during a three-minute timing or completion of Introduction to Keyboarding (ADM 105) obtaining at least a “B” for the course. • Interview with the Medical Assistant Program Coordinator. Early application to the program is encouraged. Only 25 students gain acceptance each fall. The Program Coordinator grants acceptance to the first 25 students who meet the above admission criteria. Applicants may not begin the program until ALL of the above criteria are completed. After acceptance into the program, the following documentation must be submitted to the Program Coordinator prior to attending practicum: • Current Provider Level CPR and First Aid Certification obtained through The American Red Cross, The American Heart Association, The American Safety and Health Institute, or The National Safety Institute. • Completed Medical Record Form (appendix). • Criminal background and adult/dependent abuse checks (packet given out at orientation). Advising All students are assigned an advisor at the time of enrollment. Academic advising is a student service that brings faculty and students together for one-on-one and or group interaction to assist students in developing an educational plan and course schedule. The process promotes shared responsibility with the advisor giving the students the tools to become self-directed and the student assessing the important information for his/her role of prime decision maker. Students are encouraged to consult with their assigned advisor continuously throughout their time of study at Iowa Central. The “advisor” for all medical assistant students is the Medical Assistant Program Coordinator. Personal Records All student personal records are kept in the Student Records Office, including class schedules, grades, and transcripts. Any change in a student’s name, address, or phone number must be submitted to the Program Coordinator and the Student Records Office within a reasonable amount of time after the change has occurred. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Iowa Central Community College has defined directory information that is available to the public. Iowa Central will provide a form to be completed by students who want their directory information held. Iowa Central also provides a form to be completed by students who want their non- 9
  10. 10. directory information released to others. These forms are available to students via TritonPass/WebAdvisor or via paper copy from the Student Records Office. Medical Assistant Program of Study Although many of you have classes together, there are various options for completing the program. Diploma (MA.DIPL): Diploma students take the courses that are required as part of the “typical” eleven-month Medical Assistant Program that includes two semesters of theory and lab followed by an eight-week, 288 hour summer practicum. The program begins in the fall and concludes in the summer. Degree (MA.AAS): Students may opt to continue their education beyond a diploma by obtaining an AAS degree, completing an addition 13 credit hours of required coursework and 6 credit hours of elective coursework approved by the Program Coordinator. Extended (PMA.AAS): Some students choose to complete either a diploma or degree on a more part-time basis. Extended students take specific courses during the first year, completing the remaining courses during their last two semesters in the program. MAP 322, MAP 324, MAP 221, MAP 226, MAP 115, MAP 118, MAP 130, and MAP 618 may only be taken during the student’s final semesters in the program. Re-entry students have been in the program previously and have returned to finish the curriculum requirements. Re-entry students must retake any medical assistant courses completed over three years ago. 10
  11. 11. Medical Assistant Program of Study (Diploma) Fall Semester Course ID Course Weekly Contact Semester Clock Credit Hours Hours Hours HSC 113 Medical 2 36 2.0 Terminology MAP 542 The Human 4 72 3.0 Body in Health and Diseases I MAP 401 Medical Law and 1 18 1.0 Ethics MAP 127 Medical Office 2 36 1.0 Computer Applications MAP 115 Medical Office 7 126 6.0 Management I MAP 322 Examination 4 72 3.5 Room Techniques I MAP 221 Medical 2 36 1.5 Laboratory Procedures I Spring Semester Course ID Course Weekly Contact Semester Clock Credit Hours Hours Hours MAP 555 The Human 6 108 5.0 Body in Health and Disease II MAP 435 Interpersonal 2 36 2.0 Relations in Healthcare MAP 118 Medical Office 5 90 4.0 Management II MAP 130 Transcription 2 36 1.0 MAP 324 Examination 5 90 4.5 Room Techniques II MAP 226 Medical 2 36 1.5 Laboratory Procedures II Summer Session 11
  12. 12. MAP 614 Practicum 36 288 4.5 ENG 105 Composition I 3 54 3.0 Medical Assistant Course Descriptions MAP-542 The Human Body in Health and Disease I: This course includes a study of the anatomy and physiology of each body system and common pathology related to each system. The course begins with a study of the structural organization of the human body and then proceeds with a comprehensive study of the cardiovascular system and lymphatic system. Common pathology related to these systems is studied that includes common signs and symptoms, etiology, methods of diagnosis, and treatment options. The interaction that occurs between systems and changes to the structure and function that occur across the life span within each system are identified. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. This course is the first course of a two-semester sequence. Other body systems are studied in MAP-555 The Human Body in Health and Disease II. Co-requisite: HSC-113 Medical Terminology. MAP-555 The Human Body in Health and Disease II: This course includes a study of the anatomy and physiology of each body system and common pathology related to each system. A comprehensive study of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system is included. Common pathology related to these systems is studied that includes common signs and symptoms, etiology, methods of diagnosis, and treatment options. The interaction that occurs between systems and changes to the structure and function that occur across the life span within each system are identified. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. Pre-requisite: MAP-542 The Human Body in Health and Disease I MAP-322 Examination Room Techniques I: Clinical competencies regarding fundamental procedures and patient care are studied in this course. Competencies include performing handwashing, practicing standard precautions, disposing of biohazardous materials, wrapping items for autoclave, performing sterilization techniques, obtaining vital signs, obtaining and recording a patient history, preparing and maintaining examination and treatment areas, preparing patients for and assisting with routine and specialty examinations, and preparing patients for and assisting with procedures, treatments, and minor office surgeries. Additional general competencies include instructing individuals according to their needs, providing instruction for health maintenance and disease prevention, identifying community resources, and performing routine maintenance of clinical equipment. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive 12
  13. 13. knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. This course is the first course of a two-semester sequence. Co-requisite: MAP-542 The Human Body in Health and Disease I MAP-324 Examination Room Techniques II: Clinical competencies regarding fundamental procedures and patient care are studied in this course. Competencies include preparing and maintaining examination and treatment areas, preparing patients for and assisting with routine and specialty examinations, preparing patients for and assisting with procedures, treatments, and minor office surgeries, scheduling inpatient and outpatient admissions and procedures, performing electrocardiography, applying pharmacology principles to prepare and administer oral and parenteral (excluding IV) medications, and maintaining medication and immunization records. Additional general competencies include instructing individuals according to their needs, providing instruction for health maintenance and disease prevention, identifying community resources, and performing routine maintenance of clinical equipment. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. Pre-requisite: MAP-322 Examination Room Techniques I MAP-221 Medical Laboratory Procedures I: Clinical competencies regarding fundamental procedures, specimen collection, diagnostic testing, and patient care are studied in this course. Competencies include practicing standard precautions, disposing of biohazardous materials, performing venipuncture, performing capillary puncture, performing respiratory testing, and performing CLIA Waived tests (hematology testing). Additional general competencies include performing routine maintenance of clinical equipment and using methods of quality control. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. This course is the first course of a two-semester sequence. Co-requisites: HSC-113 Medical Terminology and MAP-542 The Human Body in Health and Disease I. MAP-226 Medical Laboratory Procedures II: Clinical competencies regarding fundamental procedures, specimen collection, diagnostic testing, and patient care are studied in this course. Competencies include obtaining specimens for microbiological testing, instructing patients in the collection of a clean-catch, mid-stream urine specimen, instructing patients in the collection of a fecal specimen, and performing CLIA Waived tests (performing urinalysis, performing chemistry testing, performing immunology testing, and performing microbiology testing). Additional general competencies include performing routine maintenance of clinical equipment and using methods of quality control. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. Pre-requisites: MAP-221 Medical Laboratory Procedures I and MAP-542 The Human Body in Health and Disease I. Co requisite: MAP-555 The Human Body in Health and Disease II 13
  14. 14. MAP-435 Interpersonal Relations in Health Care: General competencies regarding professional communications and patient instruction are studied in this course. Competencies include the ability to recognize and respond to both verbal and nonverbal communication, instructing individuals according to their needs, and identifying community resources. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. Pre-requisites: None. MAP-401 Medical Law and Ethics: General competencies regarding legal concepts are studied in this course. Competencies include identifying and responding to issues of confidentiality, performing within legal and ethical boundaries, and demonstrating knowledge of federal and state health care legislation and regulations. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. Pre-requisites: None. MAP-127 Medical Office Computer Applications: General competencies regarding operational functions and administrative competencies regarding performing bookkeeping procedures and performing clerical functions are studied in this course. Competencies include utilizing computer software to maintain office systems, posting entries on a daysheet, performing accounts receivable procedures, performing billing and collection procedures, posting adjustments, processing a credit balance, processing refunds, posting non-sufficient fund (NSF) checks, posting collection agency payments, and scheduling and managing appointments. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. Pre-requisites: None. MAP-130 Medical Transcription: This course provides the student with working knowledge of the transcription of medical reports on the computer. Medical reports will be transcribed from individual case studies that include history and physical examinations, radiology reports, operative reports, pathology reports, discharge summaries and request for consultation. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge gained in this course in the performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their future practice as medical assistants providing patient care. Pre-requisites: MAP-542 The Human Body in Health and Disease I and MAP-115 Medical Office Management I. 14
  15. 15. MAP-115 Medical Office Management I: Administrative competencies regarding performing clerical functions, clinical competencies regarding patient care, and general competencies regarding professional communications, legal concepts, and operational functions are studied in this course. Competencies include scheduling and managing appointments, organizing a patient’s medical record, filing medical records, performing telephone and in-person screening, responding to and initiating written communications, demonstrating telephone techniques, establishing and maintaining the medical record, learning to document appropriately, performing an inventory of supplies and equipment and performing routine maintenance of administrative equipment. This course is the first course of a two-semester sequence. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. MAP-118 Medical Office Management II: Administrative competencies regarding performing bookkeeping procedures and processing insurance claims are studied in this course. Competencies include preparing a bank deposit, applying managed care policies and procedures, applying third party guidelines, performing procedural coding, performing diagnostic coding, and completing insurance claim forms. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. Pre-requisite: MAP-115 Medical Office Management I MAP-614 Practicum: The course provides the student with an eight week supervised practicum in an ambulatory healthcare setting, performing psychomotor and affective competencies. A minimum of 288 hours is obtained. On-site supervision is provided by an individual who has knowledge of the medical assistant profession. Students shall not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise, from the practicum site. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. Students will learn to incorporate the cognitive knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants in providing patient care. Pre-requisite: Successful completion all Medical Assistant curriculum courses (with the exception of ENG-105 Composition I) with a “C” or better. Co-requisite: ENG-105 Composition I 15
  16. 16. Medical Assistant Program Curriculum The curriculum ensures the achievement of program goals and learning domains. Instruction during classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities is appropriately sequenced to provide a logical progression of learning. Instruction is based on clearly written course syllabi that include a course description, course objectives, methods of evaluation, a topic outline, and competencies required for graduation. (See appendix for Core Curriculum for Medical Assistants-MAERB and Master Competency Form). 16
  17. 17. Scholastic Requirements Scholastic requirements in the Medical Assistant Program include: 1. Successful completion of all Medical Assisting Curriculum Courses with a “C” (76%) or better, meeting all prerequisites to progress in the program. 2. Successful completion of all required competencies within the curriculum courses. 3. Successful completion of practicum with a passing evaluation. 4. Continuation in the program depends upon the successful completion of all courses in the sequence identified. If a student does not complete a required course, or receives a grade lower than a “C” (76%) in a required course, but still wishes to remain in the program, he or she must contact the Program Coordinator and drop to part-time status. To qualify for practicum, the medical assistant student must have completed all Medical Assistant Curriculum Courses with a “C” (76%) or better and demonstrate entry-level competency in all competencies identified. Grading Policy Grades are available for students to check throughout the semester online using WebAdvisor. The grading scale for all Medical Assistant Curriculum Courses, with the exception of Composition I and Practicum are determined using the following percentages: A 92-100% 4.00 GPA B 84-91% 3.00 GPA C 76-83% 2.00 GPA D 70-75% 1.00 GPA F 69 % ↓ NA Adding or Dropping a Course Fifteen-week courses may be added only during the first four days of classes. A student may withdraw from a 15-week course(s) one week prior to end of term. Not attending a class does not constitute a withdrawal. To drop a course, students should login to WebAdvisor and click on “Withdraw/Drop a Course” to complete the online drop form. Students choosing not to drop the class using the online drop procedure must pick up a Change of Enrollment form in the Student Records Office, obtain the instructor’s signature, and return the form to the Student Records Office for processing. 17
  18. 18. Administrative Withdrawal When a student has missed 10 percent of scheduled class time (excluding college-related activities), the instructor has the option of initiating the withdrawal of the student from the class. Instructors may only submit withdrawals during the College’s regular withdrawal period. An instructor initiating the withdrawal process will use the following procedure: 1. The instructor will notify the student through Enrollment Services that she or he is subject to academic withdrawal based on the Instructor Initiated Withdrawal policy. The student will receive a notice through Iowa Central email and regular mail of the impending withdrawal. 2. The student has the option of appealing the withdrawal. To do so, the student must begin the process within five days of receiving the notice. The student has the right to continue attending class during the appeals process. Note: After the student has been withdrawn, she or he will once again be notified through Enrollment Services of the action. If the student has received no notification, she or he should assume the withdrawal has not taken place and a grade of “F” will be issued. The “F” or “W” could affect the student’s GPA, insurance, scholarships, grants, etc. Students who quit attending class and receive no notice of withdrawal are responsible for their withdrawal. Appeal Process: When the student takes issue with the initiation of the withdrawal process, such student must discuss the problem with the instructor involved. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved, the appeal process will follow this order: Department Chair. Incomplete Incomplete (I) may be assigned to a student at the discretion of the instructor. A meeting arranged by the student is held with the instructor to discuss the reason for the incomplete grade. A contract between the student and instructor, stating the details and time schedule of the work that is to be made up, must be agreed upon and signed. Whenever a grade of “I” is assigned, the instructor is required to file an Incomplete Grade Agreement form with the Registrar. After all the work is completed, the instructor will make the proper grade change on the student’s permanent record by a submitting a Grade Correction form to the Student Records Office. Transfers Students wishing to transfer into the Iowa Central Community College Medical Assisting Program from another college must have their transcripts evaluated by the Program Coordinator and the College Registrar. The student’s overall GPA and courses that have completed elsewhere are evaluated. Courses must have been passed with a “C” or higher. Courses transferring into the program must be of comparable content, semester hours, and clock hours. 18
  19. 19. Readmission Students may re-enter the program at the point in the curriculum at which they withdrew based on space availability, admission criteria, and the approval of the Program Coordinator. Additional criteria that are considered before a student can re-enter includes: reason for initial withdrawal, previous student behavior and attitude, and previous academic performance and attendance. Students must inform the Admissions Office of their intent to re-enter also. Students must retake any medical assistant courses completed over three years ago. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Composition I is a requirement for a student seeking a diploma. Both Composition I and Composition II are required for a student seeking a degree. Iowa Central Community College offers students that have not enrolled in either to “test out” of these two courses by taking an English CLEP test to prove competency. Students receive college credit for both English I and English II if they successfully complete the test with a scaled score of 50% or higher. Please discuss the CLEP test with the Program Coordinator if you are interested. You may obtain more information on the CLEP at the Student Success Center. There is a non-refundable fee for this exam. Academic Honors Recognition Honor Society: Iowa Central Community College has an institutionally founded Honor Society. Membership requires a student to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher and must declare to graduate by March 1. The induction ceremony takes place during spring semester. Phi Theta Kappa: Iowa Central Community College has a charter from the Phi Theta Kappa National Junior/community College Honor Society Fraternity. Membership requires a student to have accumulated 12 credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 of higher. There is a one-time membership fee. The induction ceremony takes place during spring semester. President’s List & Dean’s List: To be named to the President’s List or Dean’s List a student must have completed 12 credit hours for that semester and have a GPA for that semester (not cumulative) of 3.50-3.99 for Dean’s List and 4.0 for President’s List. Pins are available at Enrollment Services for those who qualify. 19
  20. 20. Classroom Policies Classrooms at Iowa Central Community College are listed by building code (two or three letters that indicate the building followed by a number 000s-400s that indicates the floor in the building from basement to fourth floor). The codes are as follows: CEB-Career Education Building, ISB- Instructional Services Building, LIB-library, SC-Science Building, AST-Applied Science and Technology Building, MU-Music Building, and BHS-Biotechnology and Health Sciences Center. All lecture and laboratory classes within the Medical Assistant Program meet on the second floor of the Biotechnology and Health Sciences Center. A student’s personal belongings are the responsibility of that individual when left in the classroom. Lockers are available for student use. Locks are to be purchased by the student and removed at the end of the program. No food is allowed in the classroom or laboratory. Computers must be off during class time unless actively being used for that course. If a student uses the computer in an inappropriate manner, he or she may be asked to leave class and counted as absent. Please remember to shut down computers completely at the end of use. Cell phones, pagers, and other similar devices are not to be operational during classroom, lab, or practicum. Instructors have the option to dismiss a student for the remainder of the class for violations of this policy. Cell phones may be left on during class on vibrate/silent mode, if the student is expecting communication regarding an emergency and he/she has discussed this with the instructor prior to the start of class. Students are not allowed to bring children into the classrooms, labs, or hallways during class times (This is college policy). Students are allowed a ten-minute break hourly during classes or labs that exceed an hour in length. Break times are at the instructor’s discretion. Because the College wishes to provide a safe and healthy environment for students and staff, the use of tobacco products (including chewing tobacco) will be prohibited in College facilities, College vehicles or on College grounds. 20
  21. 21. Laboratory Policies Laboratory sessions meet in rooms BHS 209 and BHS 210. Labs that accompany courses are an integral part of the course work. Students must be prepared to perform competencies as scheduled in lab. Students are to assist in maintaining a clean and safe environment by cleaning and returning supplies/equipment to storage areas, cleaning workstations, and following Standard Precautions and OSHA guidelines. Food or drinks of any kind may not be brought to lab. Students enrolled in Medical Laboratory Procedures I & II and Examination Room Techniques I & II will be performing invasive procedures (venipuncture, capillary puncture, and various types of injections) with a lab partner as part of the educational process (Consent Form-appendix). Laboratory Supplies Students need to purchase equipment listed for labs. Students that do not have the supplies listed will not be able to attend lab and will be marked as absent. 1. A watch with a sweep second hand. 2. A white lab coat with full-length sleeves. Lab coats are available for purchase at Wal-Mart or Shoppers Supply locally. They are also available for purchase online. Uniform stores are located in Algona, Storm Lake, or Des Moines. 3. A stethoscope, available for purchase at the same locations listed above. A quality stethoscope for student use will cost approximately $ 20 - $ 30. 21
  22. 22. Weather Related Cancellations and Delays Iowa Central gives serious consideration to travel conditions during inclement weather and makes a concerted effort to reach decisions as early as possible regarding the cancellation or delay of classes. There are no clear-cut guidelines for canceling or delaying classes because many factors including time of day, total snowfall, wind, visibility, temperature, etc., all effect the decision. We monitor weather conditions based on forecasts and the location of winter storms and target making a decision by 6:00 A.M. for day classes and 4:00 P.M. for evening classes. However, weather conditions can change very quickly and it may not always be possible to make decisions by these targeted times. Please do not phone the college to check the status of class cancellations. The final decision to attend college classes can only be made by the individual based on their specific extenuating circumstances that may make it hazardous for them to travel. The decision to cancel or delay classes will be made by the President or designee. If classes are delayed or cancelled, the message will be disseminated to the media. No announcement of cancellation or delayed classes via the media will mean that classes will be held as usual that day. At times, due to staff availability or changing weather conditions, there may be a delay in making announcements. If you believe there is a possibility of classes being cancelled or delayed due to severe weather conditions, or any other reason, monitor the media for announcements. An e-mail message will be sent to all Iowa Central staff and students. To facilitate the efficient removal of snow, employees and students are encouraged to leave campus as soon as possible and/or not come to the college when classes are cancelled. In the event of a delayed opening, on M-W-F the announcement will state the College “will open at 10:00”, thus the first class on those days will begin at 10:20 A.M., and any class that has a start time PRIOR to 10:00 A.M. is cancelled for the day. On T-Th, the announcement will state the College “will open at 9:30”, thus the first class on those days will begin at 9:40 A.M., and any class that has a start time PRIOR to 9:40 A.M. is cancelled for the day. Department staff will define the start time for classes in programs that are not one hour or one and one-half hour in length, such as those in the Applied Science and Technology Departments. Should conditions develop during the day that would dictate that classes be dismissed early, the announcement of such dismissal will be circulated by a member of the faculty or administrative staff, via e-mail, and voice mail message. The Triton Alerts emergency text messaging service will be used in response to severe weather conditions. In the event of cancellation or delay of scheduled classes, a text message will be sent to the cell number that you specify and your email address. 22
  23. 23. Attendance/Absence/Makeup work Regular attendance and consistent study are essential to success in college and are expected of all students in the Medical Assistant Program. Absenteeism and tardiness interfere with the learning process and can contribute to academic failure. In order to meet all course objectives, students need to attend class and lab regularly and as scheduled. In the event of absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor outside of class time to obtain assignments and lecture notes and/or to re-schedule missed lab time. Make up policies for exams, assignments, or daily work is determined by each course instructor. Failure to complete make-up work in the timeframe designated by the instructor may result in the student receiving “0” on the evaluation. Students are to remain in class until it is dismissal except in emergencies. Students that leave class early or during a break without discussing this with the instructor prior to leaving may be considered absent for the entire class period. Routine doctor or dentist appointments for the student or family members should not be scheduled during class time or practicum hours. Loss of time due to serious illness, accidents, or surgery will be considered on an individual basis. When a student has missed 10% of the scheduled lecture or lab hours for a course, the instructor CAN choose to use the Instructor Initiated Withdrawal policy to withdrawal a student from the course completely. 23
  24. 24. Student Health It is the student’s responsibility to inform the appropriate instructors of any physical condition that could interfere with the safety of the student and/or patient during class, lab, or practicum. All students must have the Pre-Entrance Medical Record form completed prior to attending practicum. This includes general information and a medical history that the student completes and signs, and a medical examination and review of immunizations that is completed by the student’s physician. The student may need to obtain booster immunizations or a Mantoux at this visit. The Hepatitis B vaccination (a series of three injections) is mandatory. The Pre-Entrance Medical Record form is submitted to the Program Coordinator when completed. The cost of the examination and any required immunization are the student’s responsibility. Student Health may give the Hepatitis B vaccination series and PPD to students on campus. Students must report any change in their health status after the completion of these forms to the Program Coordinator. Iowa Community College has developed Core Performance Standards for all Health Science Programs (appendix). Students assume full responsibility for their own accidents or injuries that may occur during practicum, or in the classroom or lab settings. Students who sustain injuries during practicum will be responsible for completing the required incident forms provided by the clinic and the Iowa Central Community College Medical Assistant Program. If an injury requires treatment, the student has the right to refuse treatment if they fill out and sign the waiver form. All injuries that occur in the lab or during practicum must be communicated to the Program Coordinator and clinic staff (if applicable), IMMEDIATELY! Student health is located in the Vocational-Technical building. A registered nurse is available as a resource for the health concerns of students. The service offers emergency treatment for injury or illness and assistance in obtaining the services of local physicians and agencies, if necessary. Confidential counseling on health related problems is available. The service also provides health awareness programs on stress, nutrition, substance abuse, wellness issues etc. A student accident and insurance plan is available. Student-counseling services are available without charge, to currently registered students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The office is located in Room 124 B in the Administration Building. Services include mental health assessments, brief solution focused counseling, emergency walk-in or phone consultations, and referral to community resources. To better serve students, please schedule counseling appointments in advance. Counseling is provided by: Janette Miller M.S. Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Licensed Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Phone: 515-574-1051/800-362-2793 ext. 1051, E-mail: miller_j@iowacentral.edu Students are covered with a liability and malpractice insurance policy, which is provided by the college. The cost of this insurance is included in the student’s college fees. 24
  25. 25. Student Rights and Responsibilities Students of the College have both rights and responsibilities as described in the Iowa Central Community College Student Handbook and in Board Policy. Iowa Central’s mission is to provide for the varied educational needs of the diverse student body through accessible, flexible, community centered programs with a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. This can occur in an environment that fosters intellectual inquiry within a climate of academic freedom and integrity. Students and instructors are expected to promote these goals in the context of inclusiveness, mutual respect, and tolerance of others, as ideas are explored, facts gathered, opinions weighed, and conclusions drawn. Student Conduct Students are responsible to laws governing the community as well as the policies of the college and its officials. Students who violate college rules or policies will be subject to disciplinary action. 25
  26. 26. Student Discipline Policy Iowa Central Community College is committed to providing a safe, orderly, and healthy environment where all students can learn. All students should demonstrate appropriate behavior and respect for property and all persons. Student behavior, which interferes with an effective learning environment, is a breach of discipline and is not tolerated. This policy includes behaviors that occur on college property, while the student is engaged in or attending a college related, sponsored or approved activity, or where the student is a representative of the college and his/her behavior has a negative impact on the college. The following are examples of, but are not limited to, behaviors, which will result in disciplinary action: • Actions which show insensitivity, intolerance, or discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, religion, or disability • Disorderly behavior which includes harassment, intimidation, annoyance, assault to another person, unlawful or unapproved actions of protest, or usage of profane verbal or non-verbal communication • Disobedience of the college’s rules, regulations, policies, laws of the State of Iowa or federal laws • Insubordination to college personnel • Sexual harassment • Conspiracy, defined as an agreement or combination between two or more persons to engage in a course of criminal conduct • Possession or use of dangerous objects • Trespassing • Arson • Possession, sale or attempted sale of a controlled substance or a “look alike” or “imitation” controlled substance • Criminal mischief, theft, or destruction of property Each instructor implements and enforces rules to maintain appropriate classroom discipline. If a breach of conduct occurs in the classroom, lab, or during practicum, the Instructor and/or Program Coordinator may enforce discipline, including the removal of the student from class. If necessary, the Instructor and/or Program Coordinator may recommend probation, and/or suspension or expulsion to the Vice President of Instruction or Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Development. Either Vice President may place a student on probation and/or suspension or recommend expulsion based on the information received from the faculty member. 26
  27. 27. Student Grievance Policy Whenever a student desires information concerning the curriculum, or has an issue with some aspect of the Medical Assistant Program, the student should discuss the problem with the person most immediately involved first. If the matter cannot be satisfactorily resolved, the Medical Assistant Program Coordinator (Kelly Kruger) and/or the Health Science Department Chair (Connie Boyd) can meet with the student. Confidentiality Entry into a profession entails responsibilities as well as rights. In keeping with professional ethics, medical assistant students have a responsibility to keep any patient or clinic information that the student becomes aware of through educational experiences, confidential. Breeches of confidentiality violate the rights of patients and jeopardize the reputation of the medical facility and the Iowa Central Community College Medical Assistant Program. Any student who violates confidentiality may also be subject to legal charges. No discussion or acknowledgement of confidential patient information should ever occur outside of the medical setting, and should not involve individuals who are not directly involved in the patient’s care with a medical need to know the information discussed. Violations of this nature may result in disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion. Scholastic Dishonesty Iowa Central Community College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating and plagiarizing (presenting someone else’s words as one’s own). Collaborating, cheating on quizzes, assignments, or examinations, or the practice of plagiarism, whether intentional, or accidental, are serious violations of trust and show a lack of academic integrity. Scholastic dishonesty is unacceptable in any course. An instructor who suspects a student of scholastic dishonesty will inform the student of the allegation as soon as possible. It is up to the instructor to determine the disciplinary action necessary, which could include giving the student a zero for the assignment, reducing the student’s grade for the course, assigning an “F” for the course, or other action. The instructor will send a written report of the incident to the student, the Department Chair (Connie Boyd), the Program Coordinator (Kelly Kruger), and the Vice-President of Instruction (Marlene McComas). If the instructor concludes that the incident merits additional disciplinary action (such as suspension, probation, or expulsion), he/she will send a written report of the case to the Vice-President of Instruction for recommended additional disciplinary action. 27
  28. 28. Student Identification Card The identification card admits students to most college sponsored events free of charge or at a reduced rate. Students get their I.D. card at the student records office after payment for the semester. Student E-mail E-mail accounts are available to all Iowa Central Community College students enrolled in at least one credit class. To log onto student e-mail: 1. Go to the Iowa Central home page (www.iowacentral.edu) 2. Click on current students and then student e-mail directory. Look up your user name (should be your last name followed by a number) 3. After you have found your user name in the student directory, click on student e-mail login. 4. Enter your user name and password (your password is the first three letters of your last name in upper case and the last four digits of your social security number). Telephone Calls Students should use pay phones or their cell phones to make personal phone calls. A phone is available for emergencies in the administrative area. Bookstore The main objective of the bookstore is to help all students fill their book and supply needs as promptly as possible. Along with textbooks and school supplies, items such as clothing, greeting cards, personal supplies, stamps and mail service are available. ICBS buys back textbooks all year. ICBS will buy back books if they are being used in the following semester and they have not yet acquired needed quantities. Credit for books will be applied directly to the students college account balance. If this transaction results in a credit balance on the students account, a refund check equal to the amount of the credit will be issued by the Business Office to the student within ten days of the return. Students requesting a buyback at the on campus site will be required to show their class schedule and identification. 28
  29. 29. Scholarships The college and private donors who contribute to the scholarship program award various scholarships based on a student’s scholastic record and activity involvement. The student completes a scholarship application and returns it to Admissions. Medical assistant students should send a photocopy of this application to the Program Coordinator as well. The Medical Assistant Program awards four Iowa Central Community College scholarship awards for $400.00 ($200.00 each semester). The Program Coordinator makes those selections. The program faculty awards an additional Iowa Central Community College scholarship for $400.00 to a student chosen based on established criteria. This scholarship is awarded in May and is applied to summer tuition. The Cindy Bradley Scholarship in given each May by the Chapter V American Association of Medical Assistants in conjunction with Associated Internists in memory of Cindy Bradley. This $600.00 scholarship is applied towards summer tuition. This scholarship is determined based on established criteria. The student who receives this scholarship must plan to pay for summer tuition, and receives reimbursement thereafter. Library The Iowa Central Library is located in Fort Dodge on the third floor of the Library Building. The Library houses over 40,000 books and subscribes to approximately 300 magazines and journals. Computers, printers, televisions, DVD players, and a photocopier are available in the Library for student use. Reference librarians are on staff to help students conduct research and gather resources for classes. The Library also offers a number of online services that are available both on and off campus. EBSCO host is a periodical database that provides online access to thousands of articles, many available in full-text. The Library provides similar content-specific databases for health sciences (CINAHL) and education (ERIC), both of which provide access to full-text articles. The Library also provides students with online tutorial help through smartthinking.com. Follow the links found on the Iowa Central homepage or the Iowa Central Library page. Student Success Center The Student Success Center is in the Library Building. Iowa Central Community College is committed to assisting students reach their career goals by becoming independent, self-confident and efficient learners. The Student Success Center provides a wide range of support and instruction through professional assistance and technology. Services include tutoring (on campus and online), computer support, developmental and enrichment classes, classroom accommodations, career guidance, testing (Asset, COMPASS, CLEP, GED, EMS, NCIC, DENTAL ASSISTANT, PRAXIS, and Guided Self-Study), study skills assistance, high school classes, and special needs assistance. 29
  30. 30. Student Organizations Student membership in the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and attendance at Local Chapter V meetings is highly advantageous. These meetings are held in BHS 210 on the last Tuesday evening during October, November, February, March, and April. Other student organizations on campus may be joined at the individual’s preference. 30
  31. 31. Practicum Each student who has successfully completed all Medical Assistant curriculum courses with a “C” will progress to the eight week, 288-hour practicum. The student will obtain supervised medical assisting experience in an ambulatory health care setting, performing psychomotor and affective competencies. Practicum is intended to measure the student’s ability to apply classroom learning to an actual medical office situation. The program ensures that the practicum experience provides students with a variety of experiences that are parallel in content and concept with the material presented in lecture and laboratory sessions. Practicum sites are selected and approved by the Practicum Coordinator. The Practicum Coordinator provides orientation to on-site supervisors, provides oversight of the Practicum experience, including on-site assessment of the student experiences and the quality of learning opportunities on at least two occasions during the rotation. On site supervision of the student is provided by an individual who has knowledge of the medical assisting profession. The assigning of specific offices to provide practicum to students is dependant upon geographic convenience, with offices located in Area V utilized first. Use of offices outside of Area V depends upon use by other medical assistant programs. Consideration is also given to preferences of office personnel/physician, student/office personality compatibility, type of office, student strengths/weaknesses, potential for graduate positions after graduation, and educational opportunities offered. Every attempt is made to locate practicum placement that require the student to drive no more than 60 miles. A student who is currently employed by an office will not be able to utilize their employer as a practicum site. Obtaining and the cost of housing and transportation to the practicum site is the responsibility of the student. Since practicum is a full time experience, it is recommended students consider this in regards to current employment. Students will be informed of placement approximately 30 days prior to the beginning of practicum. Students receive no compensation for practicum. Dishonesty during Practicum Dishonest behavior in the clinical setting, including but not limited to, theft, falsifying or fabricating records or reports, or falsely representing hours worked, lowers professional standards and could cause harm to a patient. This type of action can also lead to legal action against the medical assistant student and the clinic. Dishonesty during practicum may result in disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion. The practicum site also reserves the right to take action against a student in addition to, or beyond the college. 31
  32. 32. Graduation Requirements/Commencement A student must satisfactorily complete the entire AAMA-AMA approved curriculum with a minimum grade of “C” or better prior to graduation. If a student receives a grade lower than a “C” in any course, they may continue in the program, but will not be eligible for practicum that year. The college graduation exercises are held at the conclusion of the academic college year in May. Medical assistant students take part in these exercises with all Iowa Central Community College graduates, even though they will not finish practicum for several weeks. This is the only public ceremony held. A Diploma is awarded following successful completion of the entire AAMA- CAAHEP approved curriculum. An Associate in Applied Science Degree is awarded to the student successfully completing the prescribed Medical Assisting AAS curriculum. The diploma/ degree is mailed to the student after the successful completion of all requirements. An additional graduate luncheon is held towards the end of practicum. Pins and class pictures will be distributed at this luncheon. Students should consult with their advisor each semester and run a degree audit to monitor their progress toward graduation. Students who have transfer credit should verify that the credit is on the degree audit and the transcript after they have completed 12 hours of credit at Iowa Central. Students who intend to graduate in a particular semester are to complete a graduation declaration card when they enroll in courses for that semester. Graduation cards are to be filled out with an advisor or an admissions representative and submitted to the Student Records office in Fort Dodge or to a center office in Storm Lake or Webster City. There is a $25 fee for graduation that is used to defray the cost of gown, diploma and cover, tassel, etc. Every graduate pays the graduation fee for each degree that he/she receives. Total credits, grade point averages, account balances, and financial aid exit interviews are reviewed before degrees are placed on transcripts and diplomas are mailed. Transcripts When a student has graduated, Iowa Central Community College will send transcripts at no charge. 32
  33. 33. National Certification The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) offers a certification program to medical assistants who have completed a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The CMA (AAMA) represents a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) who has been credentialed through the AAMA. The CMA (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination is computer-based. If you are a graduating student or recent graduate of a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program you are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam. In addition to filling out an application form to take the exam, you must provide certain documentation and pay an enrollment fee. The required documentation depends on your enrollment category. Members of the AAMA and CAAHEP and ABHES graduating students pay a $95 fee. The AAMA will inform you of your application status within 60 days of the examination application deadline. At that time, you also can inquire about your enrollment status via e-mail. Make sure to include the following information in your e-mail (Your name, your graduation date (July), your accreditation code (1805), school name (Iowa Central Community College), city and state (Fort Dodge, Iowa). You will receive a Scheduling Permit with instructions for making an appointment at a Prometric, Inc.® test center in your area. Job Placement Services The Job Placement Office is a cooperative effort involving students, program coordinators, instructors, and alumni. The Career Development Office coordinates the collection, processing, and distribution of all job information and job opportunities to the appropriate registrants and staff. The services available include distribution of job search and job seeking skills materials, workshops, distribution of employer lists, contacting businesses, listing and assimilation of job opportunities, scheduling on and off-campus recruitment, conducting placement orientations, and reporting of salary and employment data. Students seeking assistance in locating employment full-time must register with the Placement Office and are encouraged to register with the Iowa Workforce Development Center. Placement Services are available to all students before and after graduation in assisting registrants to find appropriate employment. The Career Development Office should be viewed as another approach in seeking satisfactory employment and does not guarantee students employment nor assumes that all registrants will be placed. 33
  34. 34. Summary Faculty utilizes instructional plans, directs, and assesses student progress in achieving theory and performance requirements of the program. Faculty are knowledgeable in course content, evident by education and/or experience, are effective in directing and evaluating student learning and laboratory performance, and are prepared in educational theory and techniques. Please feel free to talk with the program faculty concerning any problems or concerns that arise during the college year. The faculty are here to do everything we can to assist you in becoming an efficient, effective, and competent professional. We stress the need for your conscientious effort as a student towards accomplishing this goal. Medical Assistant Program Faculty Kelly Kruger - Program Coordinator Deb Hart - Instructor Registered Nurse CMA (AAMA), AAS Ext. 1308 Ext. 1314 kruger@iowacentral.edu hart@iowacentral.edu Kate Stuart - Instructor Angela Spangler Medical Laboratory Technician CMA (AAMA) Ext. 1393 Ext. 1314 stuart@iowacentral.edu spangler@iowacentral.edu Connie Boyd Emily Holtapp Department Chair Health Sciences Health Science Coordinator Ext. 1312 Ext. 1309 boyd@iowacentral.edu holtapp@iowacentral.edu 34
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  36. 36. Estimated Costs Item First Semester Second Semester Summer Session Total Tuition & Fees 2304.00 2304.00 960.00 5568.00 Books 700.00 400.00 75.00 1175.00 Lab Supplies: lab Varies (not coat, watch, included in total) stethoscope Practicum Varies (not Supplies: included in total) uniform shirts (2), uniform pants (2), shoes CPR & First Aid 70.00 70.00 Certification Graduation Fee 25.00 25.00 Certification 95.00 95.00 Exam Fee Class Pictures 15.00 15.00 Physical & Varies (not Immunizations included in total) Background 15.00 15.00 check TOTAL $ 3089.00 $ 2824.00 $ 1050.00 $ 6963.00 Please note that tuition is due the first day of class for summer session! The cost of travel to the practicum site is the student’s responsibility and is not reflected in this estimation of costs. 36
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  38. 38. Iowa Central Community College Medical Assistant Program Release and Waiver of Liability I understand that I will be performing venipuncture, capillary puncture, and various types of injections on other students, and that other students will be performing these procedures on me. I understand that this practice is necessary to gain practical, first hand experience in performing these procedures. Classroom theory will be presented and the risks fully explained to me before this occurs. I understand there is always a risk, although remote, of a break in sterile technique and a risk of contracting an infectious disease such as HIV or Hepatitis B. I also understand that there is some risk of a hematoma or bleeding in the tissue as a result of the invasive procedure. I understand the risks, and freely and voluntarily agree to participate in the procedure. I hereby release Iowa Central Community College and its instructors from any and all liability as a result of my participation in these procedures. ______________________________________ _______________________ (Signature of student) (Date) ______________________________________ ________________________ (Signature of witness-Program Coordinator) (Date) 38
  39. 39. Iowa Central Community College Medical Assistant Program Student Handbook Accountability Statement I acknowledge that I have received and reviewed the Medical Assistant Program Handbook and I take responsibility for knowing and complying with the information contained in it. ______________________________________ ________________________ (Signature of Student) (Date) 39
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