Blood draws, injections, and vital signs are just a few of the tasks you will learn
One of the hallmarks of career-focused training at the Harris School of Business is the hands-on learning experiences that all of our students receive. This is true of all of our programs, but especially of our medical programs. It is our belief that if you want to succeed in the workforce, you need to master the skills and techniques required in your career field. This is why we spend so much time in our labs, working on real-world hands-on clinical procedures.
First aid training teaches you how to respond in emergencies, and how to handle matters such as cuts and burns, as well as head, neck, and back injuries. At the Harris School, we get hands-on practice by bandaging our fellow classmates and role-playing emergency situations where you would need to decide what to do.
CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a method designed to help someone in cardiac arrest, while you are waiting for emergency services to arrive. Its purpose is to keep oxygenated blood flowing around the body to keep the vital organs alive. Our students receive CPR training as part of their studies, and practice on the high-tech dummies that simulate a human circulatory system.
Measuring a patient’s vital signs
Vital signs typically include pulse, blood pressure, weight, height, and temperature. If these numbers are irregular, it can be a sign of a medical condition that may need to be treated. Medical assistants are often responsible for measuring patients’ vital signs before a medical exam. At the Harris School, you will learn the proper technique for measuring these signs, and how to record them in a patient’s chart.
Drawing blood (phlebotomy)
Blood testing is an extremely important part of healthcare. Blood tests can screen for numerous diseases and conditions that can be better treated once they are diagnosed. Medical assistants, phlebotomists, and multi-skill health technicians are all trained to draw blood. We practice this important skill many times in the lab and aim for each student to achieve mastery. To get hands-on practice, we start by working with dummies, and as we build our confidence, we begin practicing on one another! Don’t worry if you have a fear of needles—many of our students come with a fear of needles, and leave with complete confidence in blood drawing techniques.
Administering an injection
From flu shots to vaccinations, medical assistants need to know how to administer injections. While many healthcare providers assign this responsibility to nurses, it is still important that medical assistants learn this skill. At Harris, we practice on dummies and fruits in order to get the technique correct.
Administering an EKG test
An EKG test (also called an ECG) stands for electrocardiogram. This test checks the electrical activity in the heart. At the Harris School, we get hands-on experience by performing this test on one another. Our students learn how to apply the electrodes, how to run the technology, and how to read the printouts.
Do these skills sound like something you would be interested in learning? If so, find out more about our programs at the Harris School of Business. With campuses located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut, we have many locations. See if you can find a campus near you!