This course educates the student regarding the seriousness of infection control within the medical office and the role the Medical Office Assistant plays in compliance.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the best practices for preventing, treating, and managing infectious outbreaks in a clinical office. The course fits into the Associate of Applied Science: Medical Office Assistant degree program (AAS) as it will provide future clinical staff with the knowledge and understanding to prevent and respond to infectious disease occurrences.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain how pathogens spread.
- Describe the steps necessary to break the cycle of the spreading of infectious diseases.
- Evaluate policies and procedures in regard to infection control.
- Discuss infection control, patient management, and communicable disease reporting and education.
- Critique worker safety relative to infection control.
- Discuss proper procedures for waste disposal in the office.
- Explain the importance of medical instrument sterilization.
- Apply biblical principles to medical office infection control.
Readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences; therefore, the student is required to provide a written thread of 250-300 words in response to the provided prompt. Additionally, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads with a post of 150–200 words each.
Infectious Disease Paper Assignment
The student will write a 3–4 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on an infectious disease selected from the list provided by the instructor. The paper must include at least 2 scholarly references in addition to the Learn material and the Bible.
Tuberculosis Powerpoint Assignment
The student will create a 10–12 slide presentation about Tuberculosis. The instructor will provide specific instruction about content. The presentation requires a minimum of 2–4 scholarly references in addition to the Learn material and the Bible.
Preparedness Plan Assignments (2)
The student will create a Preparedness Plan for a medical office or healthcare system in response to, for example, any weather disaster, fire drill, or pandemic. This assignment is broken down into two separate assignments: Preparedness Plan: Outline Assignment and Preparedness Plan: Final Draft Assignment.
Case Study: Scenario Assignment
The student will write a 3-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a specific scenario. The paper must include at least 2 scholarly references in addition to the course readings and the Bible.
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.
The quiz will cover the Learn material for the entire course. The Quiz: Final will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and/or true/false questions and 5 short-answer questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.