The beautiful new Medical Assisting area has three mock exam rooms, a lab processing room, and a large classroom space — all designed to create real-life, hands-on experiences for medical assisting students. Each mock exam room is designed to emulate a real exam room, with an exam table, sink, wall blood pressure cuffs, and wall-mounted glove and sharps containers. The largest demonstration exam room offers a large open space for group demonstrations as well as a Sim Nurse Anne Manikin. The Sim Nurse Anne Manikin simulates blood pressure, pulses, respirations, urinary cauterization, and other patient conditions. This enables scenarios to be designed for students to interact with the manikin, providing a highly realistic patient interaction experience. A camera is mounted above the exam table will project live demonstrations onto the wall for larger classes.
The lab processing room is used to process blood and urine specimens. This space is designed to emulate a real clinic; for example, a pass-through window is installed in each bathroom where students can collect a “patient’s” urine and then process it. The processing room — shared with the Phlebotomy program — also allows students to spin blood samples using centrifuges. The classroom space provides lab tables for up to 20 students, ample counter space, storage, and a designated area for students to prepare medications. A camera is installed above the instructor’s station to ensure all students have a close-up view of what is being shown in demonstrations.
“I am most excited for students to have ample room to practice skills in an area that emulates a real clinic. Anytime a student can get a ‘real life’ experience, it provides them with the confidence to succeed going into their externship.”
Cami Pangrazi, Medical Assisting Program Chair