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Surgical Assistant (CSA)

NAHCEs Surgical Assistant (CSA) continuing education training course is a comprehensive resource and an ideal way for competent individuals to earn the necessary credentials to become an Surgical Assistant (CSA) . The course content covers all administrative aspects of dental assisting, basic to advanced clinical skills, key practices and procedures, equipment, and patient and employee safety standards when providing dental patient care in a hands-on environment. Students who complete nahce’s Surgical Assistant (CSA) continuing education training course will find that the course material contains all the required Information to pass the most popular Surgical Assistant (CSA)National Certification Exams.
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Surgical Assistant (CSA)

Curriculum of Courses

Introduction to Surgical Assistant (CSA)

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the tasks and functions of a Surgical Assistant (CSA) .
  • Distinguish multiple organizations associated with the medical assisting profession.
  • Explain the necessities and importance of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)credentials.
  • Identify the education required to become a Health Professional Surgical Assistant (CSA) .
  • Discuss Health Professional advancement in reference to medical assisting education.

Healthcare and the Healthcare Team

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine healthcare and healthcare advancements and their association to Surgical Assistant (CSA) practice.
  • Recognize the duties of many allied health career Health Professionals with whom Surgical Assistant (CSA)s may work with.
  • Compare specialized professions that a Surgical Assistant (CSA)may decide on for advancement.
  • Differentiate Health Professional organizations that relate to healthcare and their affiliation to the medical assisting occupation.

Health Professionalism and Success

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the relevance of Health Professionalism in the medical assisting practice.
  • Explain the specialized characteristics which must be demonstrated by Surgical Assistant (CSA)s.
  • Model techniques for success in medical assisting Continuing Health Education and performance.

Interpersonal Communication

Learning Outcomes:
  • Determine fundamentals and types of communication.
  • Relate communications to individuals behavior and needs.
  • Categorize constructive and adverse communication.
  • Model methods to increase listening, interpersonal skills, and assertiveness competencies.
  • Carry out therapeutic communication skills.
  • Use beneficial communication techniques with patients in unique situations.
  • Carry out constructive communication with colleagues and administration.

Legal and Ethical Issues

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the difference between laws and ethics.
  • Identify the obligations of the patient and Health Professional in a physician-patient contract, which include the components for informed consent that needs to be understood by the patient.
  • Describe the four Ds of negligence needed to prove malpractice and explain the four Cs of malpractice avoidance.
  • Associate the term credentialing and explain the significance of the FDand DEA to administrative procedures conducted by Surgical Assistant (CSA)s.
  • Sum HCQIA, False Claims Act, OSHA, and HIPAA.
  • Identify the six rules for avoiding indecent release of information from the medical office.
  • Discuss the relevance of ethics in the medical office.
  • Explain the variations among the practice management models.

Basic Safety and Infection Control

Learning Outcomes:
  • Summarize the elements of a medical office safety plan.
  • Identify OSHA's purpose in safeguarding healthcare personnel.
  • Describe safe practices and measures you must take to reduce electric hazards.
  • Illustrate the crucial steps in a comprehensive fire safety courses.
  • Summarize appropriate methods for handling and storing chemical substances found in a medical office.
  • Explain the guidelines of sound ergonomic practice and physical safety in the medical office.
  • Illustrate the sequence of infection and how to break it.
  • Summarize the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and Universal Safeguards as identified in the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ).
  • Describe means of infection control including those for protecting against healthcare-associated infections.
  • Describe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) standards for reporting instances of infectious disease.

Examination and Treatment Areas

Learning Outcomes:
  • Illustrate the arrangement and features of a common examination room.
  • Differentiate between sanitization and disinfection.
  • List procedures to prevent the spread of infection in the exam and treatment rooms.
  • Describe the significance of temperature, lighting, and ventilation in the exam room.
  • Identify equipment and supplies used in a common physical exam and describe methods to arrange and prepare them.

Medical Records and Documentation

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the significance of patient medical records.
  • Identify the documents that comprise of a patient medical record.
  • Compare SOMR, POMR, SOAP, and CHEDDAR medical record types.
  • Recall the six Cs of charting, providing an example of each.
  • Describe the requirement for neatness, timeliness, precision, and Health Professional tone in patient records.
  • Illustrate the proper procedure for correcting and modifying a medical record.
  • Describe the procedures in responding to a written request for the release of medical records.

Diagnostic Coding

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recall the six ways in which ICD codes are being used today.
  • Describe the standards used by ICD-9-CM.
  • Outline the measures to code a diagnosis utilizing ICD-9-CM.
  • Explain the function and utilization of V codes and E codes.
  • Name the appendixes within ICD-9-CM.
  • Compare ICD-9-CM with the ICD-10-CM.
  • Summarize the ICD-10-CM standard coding guidelines.
  • Illustrate distinctive coding uses for neoplasms, diabetes mellitus, fractures, R codes, poisonings, and Z codes.

Procedure Coding

Learning Outcomes:
  • List the parts of the manual, providing the code range for each.
  • Describe as an outline each of the's basic guidelines.
  • List the kinds of E/M codes within the.
  • List the areas contained in the Surgical coding section.
  • Locate a code making use of the manual.
  • Explain how you can locate a HCPCS code using the HCPCS coding manual.
  • Explain the significance of code linkage in preventing coding fraud.

Organization of the Body

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the significance of knowing both anatomy and physiology when studying the body.
  • Illustrate body organization from basic to more sophisticated levels.
  • Describe the areas and features of the four primary tissue types.
  • Describe the body organ systems, their common functions, along with the primary organs within each.
  • Use medical and anatomical terminology appropriately.
  • Explain anatomical position and its association to other anatomical positions.
  • Identify the body cavities along with the organs contained in each.
  • Relate a fundamental comprehension of chemistry to its significance in understanding the body.
  • Name the components of a cell and their functions.
  • Summarize Precisely how substances migrate across a cell membrane.
  • Distinguish the phases of cell division.
  • Explain the functions associated with these genetic processes: DNA fingerprinting and the polymerase chain reaction.
  • Describe the various patterns of inheritance and typical genetic disorders.

The Integumentary System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the attributes of skin.
  • Describe the cellular levels of skin and the properties of each layer.
  • Explain the elements that have an impact on skin color.
  • Summarize kinds of common skin lesions.
  • Describe the supplement internal organs of skin in conjunction with their components and functions.
  • Explain the means of skin recovery, with the inclusion of scar generation.
  • Describe the typical diseases and predicaments of the epidermis.

The Skeletal System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the composition of bone tissue.
  • Explain the characteristics of bones.
  • Compare intramembranous and endochondral ossification.
  • Describe the skeletal components along with a location of each component.
  • Locate the bones of the skull.
  • Locate the bones of the spinal column.
  • Locate the bones of the rib cage.
  • Locate the bones of the shoulders, arms, and hands.
  • Locate the bones of the hips, legs, and feet.
  • Describe the three major categories of joints and give instances of each.
  • Describe the typical medical conditions and diseases and disorders of the skeletal system.

The Muscular System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Illustrate the elements of muscle.
  • Compare the three kinds of muscular tissues as well as their locations and properties.
  • Explain how muscle tissue produces energy.
  • Describe the framework of a skeletal muscle.
  • Identify the terms origin and insertion.
  • Identify the primary skeletal muscles of the body system, giving the activity of each.
  • Summarize the changes that take place to the muscular system as an individual grows older.
  • Describe the reasons, warning signs, and remedies of many diseases and conditions of the muscular system.

The Cardiovascular System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the ligaments of the heart and the functionality of each.
  • Explain the cardiac sequence, including the cardiac conduction system.
  • Compare pulmonary and systemic blood circulation.
  • Differentiate among the unique variations of blood vessels and their purposes.
  • Explain blood pressure levels and tell how it is managed.
  • Describe the reasons, indications, and remedies of various diseases and illnesses of the cardiovascular system.

The Blood

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the elements of blood, providing the functionality of each element listed.
  • Explain exactly how blood loss is restricted.
  • Explain the variations among blood types A, B, AB, and O; as well as in the explaNation which blood types are compatible.
  • Explain the variance between Rh-positive blood and Rh-negative blood.
  • Describe the causes, symptoms, and treatment options of many diseases and medical conditions of the blood.

The Lymphatic and Immune Systems

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover the pathways and organs of the lymphatic system.
  • Compare the nonspecific and distinct body immune systems.
  • Explain how antibodies battle with infection.
  • Describe the four forms of acquired immunities.
  • Describe the triggers, signs and symptoms, as well as treatments of major immune disorders.

The Respiratory System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the framework and functionality of each and every organ in the respiratory system.
  • Describe the scenarios associated with the inspiration and expiration of oxygen.
  • Explain how fresh air and carbon dioxide are taken in the blood.
  • Compare different respiratory volumes and explain how one can use them to identify respiratory disorders.
  • Describe the causes, warning signs, and treatments of various medical conditions and diseases of the respiratory system.

The Nervous System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the typical functionality of the central nervous system
  • Summarize the framework of a neuron.
  • Explain the functionality of neural impulses and the function of synapses in their transmission.
  • Describe the compositions and attributes of the central neurological system.
  • Compare the systems and functions of the somatic and autonomic nervous systems in the peripheral nervous system.
  • Recognize well-known tests that are carried out to establish neurologic disorders.
  • Describe the reasons, symptoms and signs, as well as treatment methods of various diseases of the nervous system.

The Urinary System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the composition, location, and functionality of the kidney.
  • Explain the way nephrons filter blood and create urine.
  • Compare the locations, compositions, and functionality of the ureters, bladder, and urethra.
  • Describe the reasons, symptoms, and treatment options of a variety of diseases and well known problems of the urinary system.

The Reproductive Systems

Learning Outcomes:
  • Conclude the organs of the male reproductive system such as the locations, structures, and functionality of each.
  • Describe the causes, symptoms, and treatments for different health conditions of the male reproductive system.
  • Summarize the parts of the female reproductive system which includes the locations, components, and functionality of each.
  • Describe the causes, indications, and management of various diseases of the female reproductive system.
  • Explain the procedure of maternity, which include fertilization, the prenatal phase, and fetal movement.
  • Describe the birth procedure, including the postnatal period.
  • Compare numerous birth control systems and their level of effectiveness.
  • Explain the reasons behind and treatment procedures for infertility.
  • Describe the reasons, indicators, and treatment options of the most well-known sexually transmitted diseases.

The Digestive System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the organs of the alimentary canal and their purposes.
  • Explain the attributes of the digestive system's organs.
  • Identify the vitamins and minerals ingested by the digestive system and where they are absorbed .
  • Describe the reasons, symptoms and signs, as well as treatment options of different common diseases of the digestive system.

The Endocrine System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the basic attributes of bodily hormones and the endocrine system.
  • Identify the body chemicals produced by the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, as well as other hormone-producing organs, and give the purposes of each.
  • Explain the consequence of stressors on the human body.
  • Describe the causes, symptoms and signs, as well as treatment options of various endocrine disorders.

Special Senses

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the anatomy of the nose as well as the functionality for each component.
  • Describe the anatomy of the tongue as well as the functionality of each component.
  • Describe the anatomy of the eye and the functionality of each component, as well as the companion components and their functionality.
  • Explain the visual pathway originating from the eye and to the brain for interpretation.
  • Describe the reasons, symptoms and signs, as well as treatment options of various irregularities of the eyes.
  • Describe the anatomy of the ear in addition to the function of each component, and describe the function of the ear in maintaining equilibrium.
  • Explain how sounds travel past the ear and interpreted in the brain.
  • Describe the reasons, symptoms and signs, as well as treatment options of a variety of disorders of the ears.

Patient Interview and History

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover the knowledge required to carry out a patient interview.
  • Recognize the symptoms of anxiety; depression; and physical, mental, or substance abuse.
  • Use the six Cs for composing an accurate patient history.
  • Carry out a patient history utilizing critical thinking skills.

Vital Signs and Measurements

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the five vital signs.
  • Identify different techniques of taking a patient's temperature.
  • Describe the procedure for obtaining pulse and respirations.
  • Carry out blood pressure measurements.
  • Summarize orthostatic or postural vital indicators.
  • Illustrate different body measurements.

Assistant with a General Physical ExamiNation

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover the reason for a general physical exam.
  • Describe the purpose of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)in a common physical exam.
  • Explain safety measures used throughout a common physical exam.
  • Carry out the measures needed to prepare the patient for an exam.
  • Carry out placement and draping a patient in every one of the nine typical exam positions.
  • Join simple methods to assist patients from various cultures and patients with physical disabilities.
  • Identify the six examination procedures included in a general physical exam.
  • List the elements of a common physical exam.
  • Describe follow-up measures after a basic physical exam.

Assistant in Reproductive and Urinary Specialties

Learning Outcomes:
  • Conduct the role of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)in the medical specialty of gynecology.
  • Carry out the responsibility of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)in the medical specialty of obstetrics.
  • Identify diagnostic and treatment procedures executed in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Relate the responsibility of medical assisting to the medical specialty of urology.
  • Identify diagnostic analyses and treatments performed in urology.
  • Recognize health conditions and diseases of the reproductive and urinary systems.

Assistant in Pediatrics

Learning Outcomes:
  • Associate growth and advancement to pediatric patient care.
  • Identify the job of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)throughout pediatric examinations.
  • Discuss pediatric immunizations along with the responsibility of the Surgical Assistant (CSA) .
  • Explain differences of pediatric screening procedures and diagnostic exams.
  • Describe typical pediatric diseases and conditions as well as their treatments.
  • Recognize particular health conditions of pediatric patients.

Assistant in Geriatrics

Learning Outcomes:
  • Associate developmental improvements in geriatric health care consumers to medical assisting profession.
  • Describe typical geriatric illnesses and diseases and their treatment methods.
  • Identify different versions of care for geriatric patients throughout exams, screening procedures, diagnostic checks, and treatment options.
  • Explain unique health concerns of geriatric patients.

Assistant in Other Medical Specialties

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the healthcare specialties of allergies, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, and orthopedics.
  • Identify typical diseases and irregularities related to cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, and orthopedics.
  • Relate the responsibility of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)in examinations and treatments performed in the medical specialties of allergy, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, and orthopedics.

Assistant with Eye and Ear Care

Learning Outcomes:
  • Summarize the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s responsibilities in vision examinations and procedures carried out in a medical office.
  • Discuss different eye disorders encountered in a medical office.
  • Identify ophthalmic assessments carried out in the physician's office.
  • Summarize ophthalmologic procedures and medications.
  • Describe the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s function in otology.
  • Describe diseases of the ear encountered in the medical office.
  • Recall different hearing along with additional diagnostic ear exams.
  • Summarize ear procedures and medical treatments.

Assistant with Minor Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s responsibility in minor surgical procedures.
  • Describe surgical procedures performed in a workplace setting.
  • Identify the devices utilised in minor surgery and explain their functions.
  • Describe the processes for medical and sterile asepsis in minor surgery.
  • Discuss the processes applied in a medical workplace to sterilize surgical tools and equipment.
  • Summarize the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s tasks in preoperative procedures.
  • Describe the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s responsibilities during an operative procedure.
  • Implement the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s duties in the postoperative interval.

Orientation to the Lab

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the function of the physician's office laboratory.
  • Identify the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s tasks in the physician's office laboratory.
  • Identify essential items of laboratory equipment.
  • Illustrate precautions to avoid accidents.
  • Explain the objective of a quality assurance Courses in a physician's office laboratory.
  • Carry out conversation with patients with regards to test preparation and follow-up.
  • Carry out Precise documentation, which includes all records associated with quality control.

Microbiology and Disease

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s role in microbiology.
  • Summarize ways microorganisms bring about disease.
  • Describe Precisely how microorganisms are categorized and named.
  • Discuss the function of viruses in human disease.
  • Review the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
  • Discuss the function of bacteria in human disease.
  • Discuss the function of protozoa in human disease.
  • Discuss the function of fungi in human disease.
  • Discuss the function of multicellular parasites in human disease.
  • Describe the procedure associated with identifying an infection.
  • Identify common guidelines for acquiring specimens.
  • Carry out the process of transporting specimens to outside laboratories.
  • Compare two methods utilized in the direct examination of culture specimens.
  • Carry out the method of preparing and analyzing stained specimens.
  • Carry out the process of culturing specimens in the medical office.
  • Describe the best way to perform an antimicrobial sensitivity determiNation.

Processing and Testing Urine and Stool Specimens

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the responsibility of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)in gathering, processing, and testing urine and stool samples Carry out methods for following principles when collecting urine specimens.
  • Describe the procedure for urinalysis and its intent.
  • Carry out the correct process of collecting and processing a stool sample for fecal occult blood examiNation.

Collecting, Processing, and Testing Blood Specimens

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explore the position of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)when gathering, preparing, and testing blood samples.
  • Carry out the steps involved in collecting a blood specimen.
  • Summarize different ways to give response to patients' needs while collecting a blood specimen.
  • Carry out the process of conducting a blood test.

EKG Technician and Pulmonary Function Testing

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s responsibility in electrocardiography and pulmonary function testing.
  • Explain the fundamentals of electrocardiography and how it concerns the conduction system of the heart.
  • Identify the elements of an electrocardiograph and what each performs.
  • Carry out the steps essential to accomplish an ECG.
  • Summarize routine electrocardiography and echocardiography.
  • Explain the steps involved in Holter monitoring.
  • Carry out the different types of pulmonary function tests.
  • Describe the steps involved in executing pulse oximetry testing.

Diagnostic Imaging

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe what X-rays are and the ways they are applied for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.
  • Compare invasive and noninvasive diagnostic treatments.
  • Carry out the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s responsibility in X-ray and diagnostic radiology testing.
  • Discuss typical diagnostic imaging operations.
  • Describe various kinds of radiation therapy and how they are utilized.
  • Explain the hazards and safety measures associated with radiology work.
  • Relate the developments in medical imaging to EHR.

Principles of Pharmacology

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover the Surgical Assistant (CSA)'s role in pharmacology.
  • Recognize the five groups of pharmacology and their significance to medication treatment administration.
  • Differentiate the primary drug classes, drug brands, and their actions.
  • Classify non-prescription ( OTC ), doctor prescribed, and herbal and natural drugs.
  • Use reputable sources to acquire drug information and facts.
  • Carry out the steps involved in registering or renewing a physician with the Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA ) for approval to assign, distribute, and prescribe controlled drugs.
  • Identify the components of a prescription, including frequently used abbreviations and symbols.
  • Discuss nonpharmacological remedies for discomfort.
  • Describe Precisely how vaccines work in the immune system.

Dosage Calculations

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the responsibility of the Surgical Assistant (CSA)to make certain of safe dosage calculations.
  • Identify systems of measurements and their typical uses.
  • Switch among systems of measurements.
  • Execute dosage calculations correctly.
  • Measure dosages according to body weight and body surface area.

Medication Administration

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define regulations and requirements concerning drug administration in addition to the preliminary preparation for the drug administration.
  • Checklist the rights of drug administration.
  • Identify the proper equipment to use for administering drugs.
  • Perform the procedures for administering oral drugs.
  • Execute procedures for administering parenteral drugs by injection.
  • Perform processes for administering parenteral medications by other methods.
  • Relate particular considerations necessary for medication administration to pediatric, pregnant, breast-feeding, and geriatric patients.
  • Define patient education information and facts regarding prescription drugs Put into practice Precise and complete documentation of prescription drugs.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the basic principles of physical therapy.
  • Associate different cold and heat treatments to their advantages and contraindications.
  • memorize hydrotherapy techniques.
  • Identify numerous techniques of exercise therapies.
  • Illustrate the forms of therapeutic massage utilized in rehabilitation therapies.
  • Review different techniques of traction.
  • Conduct the procedure for instructing a patient to use a cane, a walker, crutches, and a wheelchair.
  • Model the procedures you ought to take when referring a patient to a physical therapist.

Nutrition and Health

Learning Outcomes:
  • Associate routine energy demands to the role of calories.
  • Discover nutrients and their function in physical health.
  • Execute a Courses for a nourishing, healthy and balanced diet lifestyle using the USDA's recommendations.
  • Explain procedures used to evaluate a patient's nutritional status.
  • Describe logical reasons why a diet Courses may be changed.
  • Recognize varieties of patients who need unique diet Courses s and the adjustments needed for each.
  • Define the warnings, indicators, and treatment for eating disorders.
  • Teach patients about eating healthy requirements.

Practice Management

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the standard organizational models of the medical office along with relationship of the physician and Surgical Assistant (CSA)with the practice administrator and immediate supervisors.
  • Describe the duties of the practice manager.
  • Summarize the fundamental human relations attributes in practice management.
  • Distinguish the four characteristics of an individual with leadership skills along with the significance of such skills to the healthcare organization.
  • Compare risk management and quality assurance in a medical facility.
  • Calculate an employee's gross earnings, deductions, and net income for a pay period.
  • Describe the tax forms frequently used in the medical office and function of the office tax liability account.

Emergency Preparedness

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the significance of first aid in the course of a medical emergency.
  • Identify elements located on a crash cart.
  • Recognize different accidental emergencies and the best way to deal with them.
  • List typical medical conditions that may lead to medical emergencies.
  • Identify less common health problems that may lead to medical emergencies.
  • Discuss your role in taking care of individuals with psychosocial emergencies.
  • Carry out the steps involved in comforting a patient who may be under severe stress.
  • Discuss approaches to teach patients regarding how to prevent and handle emergencies.
  • Illustrate your part in handling natural disasters and pandemic disease.
  • Discuss your position in responding to acts of bioterrorism.

Preparing for your first job

Learning Outcomes:
  • Conduct competence in every implemented Continuing Health Education instances.
  • Summarize the required steps for receiving Health Professional.
  • Describe a suitable approach for finding a position.
  • Explain fundamental elements for an effective interview.
  • Describe means of quickly becoming a successful employee.

Surgical Assistant (CSA)Apprenticeship and Capstone

Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of this study course students participate in the Health Education Apprenticeship and Capstone to perform skills required of a practicing Clinical Surgical Assistant (CSA) .

Optional Prerequisite: HS 105 : Medical Terminology

Learning Outcomes:
This study course presents a logical understanding of the language of medicine introducing building and utilizing a medical vocabulary through the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms/vowels. Emphasis is placed on correct spelling, pronunciation, and knowing the correct definitions of
  • standard prefixes
  • suffixes
  • word roots
  • rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied
  • including spelling
  • word analysis
  • word building
  • pronunciation
These principles are applied to the study of the following systems :
  • muscle/joints
  • blood and lymphatic
  • nervous
  • integument
  • skeletal
  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular

Optional Prerequisite: HS 125 : Anatomy & Physiology

Learning Outcomes:
This course introduces students to human anatomy and physiology and focuses on the human body as a living, functioning, organism. The emphasis is on how tissues, organs, and body systems work together to carry out complex activities such as eating, learning, and responding to stress. As each of the bodys many parts is described, its interaction with other structures and its role in the organism are discussed.
  • List in sequence the levels of biological organization in the human body
  • Describe the anatomical position of the human body
  • Define and locate the principal regions and cavities of the body
  • Describe the stages of a cells life cycle
  • List and describe the functions of the skin
  • List and describe the functions of the skeletal system
  • Describe the structure of muscle
  • Distinguish between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system
  • Describe the structure and function of the main parts of the brain

EG 100: Role Of The Electrocardiographer

Learning Outcomes:
  • The Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • History of the ECG
  • Role of an Electrocardiographer
  • How ECGs Are Used
  • What You Need to Know to Perform an ECG
  • Troubleshooting

EG 110: The Cardiovascular System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Circulation and the ECG
  • Anatomy of the Heart
  • Principles of Circulation
  • The Cardiac Cycle
  • Conduction System of the Heart
  • Electrical Stimulation and the ECG Waveform

EG 120: The Electrocardiograph

Learning Outcomes:
  • Producing the ECG Waveform
  • ECG Machines
  • ECG Controls
  • Electrodes
  • ECG Graph Paper
  • Calculating Heart Rate

EG 130: Performing An ECG

Learning Outcomes:
  • Preparation for the ECG Procedure
  • Communicating with the Patient
  • Identifying Anatomical Landmarks
  • Joining the Electrodes and Leads
  • Safety and Infection Control
  • Operating the ECG Machine
  • Checking the ECG Tracing
  • Reporting ECG Results
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Pediatric ECG
  • Cardiac Monitoring
  • Special Patient Considerations
  • Handling Emergencies

EG 140: Rhythm Strip Interpretation And Sinus Rhythms

Learning Outcomes:
  • Rhythm Interpretation
  • Identifying the Components of the Rhythm
  • Normal Sinus Rhythm
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Sinus Dysrhythmia
  • Sinus Arrest

EG 150: Atrial Dysrhythmias

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to Atrial Dysrhythmias
  • Premature Atrial Complexes (PACs)
  • Wandering Atrial Pacemaker (WAP)
  • Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia (maT)
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Fibrillation

EG 160: Junctional Dysrhythmias

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to Junctional Dysrhythmias
  • Premature Junctional Complex (PJC)
  • Junctional Escape Rhythm
  • Accelerated Junctional Rhythm
  • Junctional Tachycardia
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)

EG 170: Heart Block Dysrhythmias

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to Heart Block Dysrhythmias
  • First Degree Atrioventricular (AV) Block
  • Second Degree Atrioventricular (AV) Block, Mobitz I (Type I or Wenckebach)
  • Second Degree Atrioventricular (AV) Block, Type II (Mobitz II)
  • Third Degree Atrioventricular (AV) Block (Complete)

EG 180: Rhythms Originating From The Ventricles

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to Ventricular Dysrhythmias
  • Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVCs)
  • Agonal Rhythm
  • Idioventricular Rhythm
  • Accelerated Idioventricular Rhythm
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Asystole

EG 190: Pacemaker Rhythms And Bundle Branch Block

Learning Outcomes:
  • Introduction to Pacemaker Rhythms
  • Evaluating Pacemaker Function
  • Pacemaker Complications Relative to the ECG Tracing
  • Introduction to Bundle Branch Block Dysrhythmias

EG 200: Exercise EKG Technician

Learning Outcomes:
  • What Is Exercise EKG Technician?
  • Why Is Exercise EKG Technician Used?
  • Variations of Exercise EKG Technician
  • Preparing the Patient for Exercise EKG Technician
  • Providing Safety
  • Performing Exercise EKG Technician
  • Common Protocols

EG 210: Ambulatory Monitoring

Learning Outcomes:
  • What Is Ambulatory Monitoring?
  • How Is Ambulatory Monitoring Used?
  • Functions and Variations
  • Educating the Patient
  • Preparing the Patient
  • Joining an Ambulatory Monitor
  • Removing an Ambulatory Monitor and Reporting Results

EG 220: Clinical Management Of The Cardiac Patient

Learning Outcomes:
  • Coronary Arteries
  • Cardiac Symptoms
  • Atypical Patient Presentation
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardiac Patient Assessment and Immediate Treatment
  • Further Treatment For The Cardiac Patient

EG 230: Basic 14-Lead ECG Interpretation

Learning Outcomes:
  • The Views of a Standard 14-Lead ECG and Major Vessels
  • Ischemia, Injury, and Infarction
  • Electrical Axis
  • Bundle Branch Block
  • Left Ventricular Hypertrophy

EG 295: Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Apprenticeship and Capstone

Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of this study course students participate in the Health Education Apprenticeship and Capstone to perform skills required of a practicing EKG Technician. Begin your search now for the ideal nahce sponsored externship and future job opportunities with nahce Jobs.

Optional Prerequisite: HS 105 : Medical Terminology

Learning Outcomes:
This study course presents a logical understanding of the language of medicine introducing building and utilizing a medical vocabulary through the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms/vowels. Emphasis is placed on correct spelling, pronunciation, and knowing the correct definitions of many medical terms:
  • standard prefixes
  • suffixes
  • word roots
  • rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied
  • including spelling
  • word analysis
  • word building
  • pronunciation
These principles are applied to the study of the following systems :
  • muscle/joints
  • blood and lymphatic
  • nervous
  • integument
  • skeletal
  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular

Optional Prerequisite: HS 125 : Anatomy & Physiology

Learning Outcomes:
This course introduces students to human anatomy and physiology and focuses on the human body as a living, functioning, organism. The emphasis is on how tissues, organs, and body systems work together to carry out complex activities such as eating, learning, and responding to stress. As each of the bodys many parts is described, its interaction with other structures and its role in the organism are discussed.
  • List in sequence the levels of biological organization in the human body
  • Describe the anatomical position of the human body
  • Define and locate the principal regions and cavities of the body
  • Describe the stages of a cells life cycle
  • List and describe the functions of the skin
  • List and describe the functions of the skeletal system
  • Describe the structure of muscle
  • Distinguish between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system
  • Describe the structure and function of the main parts of the brain

PH 100: The Delivery of Healthcare

Learning Outcomes:
  • Summarize the description and historical past of phlebotomy.
  • Recall the responsibility of the phlebotomist.
  • Explain the position of the phlebotomist in the different healthcare companies where phlebotomists can be employed.
  • Describe healthcare facility departments and their association to the practice of phlebotomy.
  • Summarize the arrangement of the clinical laboratory.
  • Recognize the positions of clinical laboratory staff.
  • List the different types of laboratory processes carried out in the different departments of the clinical laboratory workplace.
  • Recognize the organizations that regulate hospitals and clinical laboratories.
  • Summarize the characteristics and functions of a phlebotomist.

PH 105: Infection Control and Safety

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify bacterial infection control procedures associated with phlebotomy.
  • Recall the regulating government agencies for safety in clinical settings.
  • Explain laboratory safe practices associated with phlebotomy.
  • Implement patient safe practices associated with phlebotomy.

PH 110: Understanding Medical Terms and Abbreviations

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize frequently used medical terminology.
  • Define typical medical abbreviations.
  • Explain body position, route, and parts using clinical terms.

PH 115: Body Systems and Related Laboratory Tests

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the organs in of the human body.
  • Explain the functionality of each body system.
  • Relate all body systems to typical specimens and medical tests.

PH 120: The Cardiovascular System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe blood flow and the purposes of the vascular system.
  • Identify and illustrate the systems and characteristics of the categories of blood vessels.
  • Locate and list the veins typically used for phlebotomy procedures.
  • Identify the main components and parts of blood.
  • Describe the primary purpose of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
  • Define hemostasis and explain the standard coagulation process.
  • Describe exactly how ABO and Rh blood types are identified.

PH 125: Patient and Specimen Requirements

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the components and characteristics of a laboratory requisition.
  • Identify the skilled interaction techniques of the phlebotomist.
  • Comply with ethical and legal requirements for skilled communication.
  • Carry out correct patient identification.
  • Define the legal/ethical significance of specimen identification.
  • Recognize patient issues that could impact specimen quality and results of the tests.
  • Describe the phlebotomist's position in obtaining, delivering, and processing laboratory specimens.
  • Explain the phlebotomist's responsibility in providing accurate and secure blood collection records.

PH 130: Blood Collection Equipment:

Learning Outcomes:
  • Determine equipment used in venipuncture and capillary puncture.
  • Select tools specific for venipuncture procedures.
  • Select tools specified for dermal/capillary puncture procedures.
  • Identify the different types of additives and color-coding applied in blood collection, as well as describe the reasons for their use.
  • Implement the proper order of draw for venipuncture and capillary puncture procedures.
  • Explain the outcome of interfering substances and precautions for reducing their introduction into the blood specimen throughout collection.

PH 135: Routine Blood Collection

Learning Outcomes:
  • Summarize the actions required to execute a competent/effective venipuncture.
  • Identify regular and alternate blood collection sites.
  • Summarize the actions required to perform a competent/effective capillary puncture.
  • Select blood collection techniques suited to patient scenarios.
  • Describe indicators of blood collection complications.
  • Identify special precautions necessary during blood collections by venipuncture and capillary puncture.

PH 140: Blood Specimen Handling

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe techniques for delivering and processing blood specimens for basic and special testing and reference laboratories.
  • Outline clerical problems that may take place during specimen processing.
  • Understand standards for special specimen handling.
  • Checklist the situations that might result in re-collection or rejection of a patient sample.

PH 145: Special Phlebotomy Procedures

Learning Outcomes:
  • Distinguish steps to proficient and successful arterial puncture.
  • Identify venous access sites and their purposes.
  • Identify the standards of special collection procedures.
  • Evaluate special collection procedures.

PH 150: Quality Assurance

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the method for supervising quality assurance in the collecting blood specimens.
  • Determine procedures and policies applied in the clinical laboratory to warrant good quality in getting blood specimens.
  • Execute documents of quality control.
  • Distinguish corrective actions for errors of quality control.

PH 155: Waived Testing and Collection of Non-blood Specimens

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe how to collect different non-blood specimens.
  • Distinguish among waived tests, moderately complex tests, and high complexity testing.
  • Explain processes for different waived tests that a phlebotomist is often required to perform.
  • Carry out waived tests and point-of-care tests, together with quality control.

PH 160: Health Professionalism

Learning Outcomes:
  • Model Specialisation behaviors and presence.
  • Review healthcare diversity and proficient Health Professional communications.
  • Explain risk management and policies and etiquette intended to prevent medicolegal problems.
  • Checklist the reasons behind anxiety and stress in the workplace and explain the coping techniques helpful in dealing with Health Professional stress.

PH 295 : Phlebotomy Apprenticeship and Capstone

Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of this study course students participate in the Health Education Apprenticeship and Capstone to perform skills required of a practicing Phlebotomy Technician. Begin your search now for the ideal nahce sponsored externship and future job opportunities with nahce's Jobs.

Optional Prerequisite: HS 105 : Medical Terminology

Learning Outcomes:
This study course presents a logical understanding of the language of medicine introducing building and utilizing a medical vocabulary through the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms/vowels. Emphasis is placed on correct spelling, pronunciation, and knowing the correct definitions of many medical terms:
  • standard prefixes
  • suffixes
  • word roots
  • rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied
  • including spelling
  • word analysis
  • word building
  • pronunciation
These principles are applied to the study of the following systems :
  • muscle/joints
  • blood and lymphatic
  • nervous
  • integument
  • skeletal
  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular

Optional Prerequisite: HS 125 : Anatomy & Physiology

Learning Outcomes:
This course introduces students to human anatomy and physiology and focuses on the human body as a living, functioning, organism. The emphasis is on how tissues, organs, and body systems work together to carry out complex activities such as eating, learning, and responding to stress. As each of the bodys many parts is described, its interaction with other structures and its role in the organism are discussed.
  • List in sequence the levels of biological organization in the human body
  • Describe the anatomical position of the human body
  • Define and locate the principal regions and cavities of the body
  • Describe the stages of a cells life cycle
  • List and describe the functions of the skin
  • List and describe the functions of the skeletal system
  • Describe the structure of muscle
  • Distinguish between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system
  • Describe the structure and function of the main parts of the brain
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