Students learn the skills needed to function in a clinical office setting including patient relations, laboratory procedures and safety, maintaining medical asepsis, recognizing surgical instrumentation, conducting proper autoclaving and disinfecting, obtaining vital signs, draping patients, assisting with examinations and treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures. Students also learn to prepare and maintain a sterile surgical environment, prepare a patient for minor surgery, and assist during minor surgical procedures.
In the Berkeley College Clinical and Surgical Office Procedures course, learners will simulate clinical processes necessary to assist the healthcare practitioner. The learner will explore the basics of infection control and will gain the skills needed to prepare and assist with examinations and surgical procedures within various healthcare specialties.
This course is designed specifically for individuals who have administrative healthcare work experience, or candidates that have a good understanding of human anatomy and physiology such as hospital/urgent care unit clerks or front office clerks, or students currently enrolled in a healthcare program who are willing to work in the clinical aspect of the healthcare field with nurses and physicians in a physician office, chiropractor office or urgent care facility.
When taken as a stand-alone course, applicants must provide documentation of healthcare field work experience, or a transcript showing the candidate has taken medical terminology, anatomy and physiology or human biology courses at a post-secondary institution, or proof that the applicant has graduated from a healthcare program. Documentation of work experience can be in the form of a letter from his or her immediate supervisor on business letterhead documenting his or her experience working in the medical field. Documentation of the education maybe in the form of a valid diploma, or higher earned degree, transcript, or other acceptable official documentation which confirms that the applicant meets or exceeds the minimum level of academic training in medical terminology and human anatomy.
The following costs are included in the fee for the Clinical and Surgical Office Procedures course:
- Required E-texts
- Lab fees
MED1100 - Clinical and Surgical Office Procedures (15-week | 3 credits)
- Includes a mandatory 30-hour onsite lab component
Credit hours from this completed course may be applied toward credits for a degree program offered within the College’s School of Health Studies.