BI-950, 951, 952: Field Experience in Medical Assisting

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-950, 951, 952 Field Experience in Medical Assisting

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 45 hours research per credit

Credits: 1 credit each, minimum of 45 hours for each credit.

Pre-requisites (if any): Open to matriculated students in the Medical Office Assistant, Nursing (pre-clinical or clinical), or the Office Administration and Technology curricula with a grade-point index of at least 2.0. Students must apply during the semester prior to enrollment so that proper arrangements can be made. These courses may be applied as advised electives or free electives in other curricula.

Course Description in college catalog:

1 credit each, minimum of 45 hours for each credit. Students may request field experiences up to a maximum of 3 credits, but should register for a minimum of 2 credits. Open to matriculated students in the Medical Office Assistant, Medical Assistant, Nursing (pre-clinical or clinical), or the Office Administration and Technology curricula with a gradepoint index of at least 2.0. Students must apply during the semester prior to enrollment so that proper arrangements can be made. These courses may be applied as advised electives or free electives in other curricula.

This field experience provides an opportunity for students to become acquainted with areas of medical assisting so that students can make intelligent, informed career choices and decisions. It allows students to gain appropriate practical experience in a doctor’s office, health maintenance office, clinic, hospital, or other health-related facility. This can facilitate job acquisition on completion of the various programs in allied health professions. The field experience supplements classroom theory and laboratory instruction with related professional training. Students will be selected by the field experience coordinator on the basis of their academic preparation, their suitability for work experience, and availability of positions. Students meet with the coordinator at least once a week to discuss their progress. A final paper covering activities during the field experience must be submitted. and a written evaluation is requested from the field experience supervisor. A final grade will be determined by the field experience coordinator. Proof of liability insurance may be required. All internships must be completed before graduation to be included in the student’s degree certification. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Medical Assistant 

Certificate Program - Medical Office Assistant

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Integrate coursework with real-life situations in the workplace

2. Connect with employers and faculty in preparation for career success

3. Demonstrate mastery of discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and tools required for entry into or advancement in the job market in their field

Program-specific outcomes

1. Accurately use basic medical terminology and apply relevant human biological principles to patients’ needs

2. Execute medical office responsibilities and tasks within ethical and legal boundaries

3. Practice patient-centered and coordinated care.

4. Employ state-of-the-art software to complete administrative tasks, including patient medical records management, collections, and insurance processing

5. Perform the most commonly used clinical testing procedures, such as EKS and phlebotomy

6.This course will fulfill Medical Assistant Degree Program Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  2. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Weekly Progress Reports filled out by the student and signed by the supervisor, 2 Supervisor Evaluations, and a Final Reflective Report about the experience.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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