Aspiring medical assistant students at Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center had the opportunity to implement skills learned in class on real patients as they performed blood pressure checks on residents at Heathers Manor Assisted Living Residence in Crystal, Minn.
A group of seven students accompanied instructor Michele Knoer for the one-hour long session held in the facilities’ commons area and administered nearly two-dozen checks.
The applied-learning project in Knoer’s Patient Care Sciences I class gave many students their first experience performing blood pressure and pulse checks on someone other than a classmate. In addition, the hands-on project provided students valuable experience with client interaction, including assessing verbal and nonverbal skills of patients and themselves.
“To be able to come here and have different people just randomly come up for their blood pressure check is really cool because you get that real-life experience,” said medical assistant student Jennie Cutter. “Because you don’t know them you need to learn how to speak to them and learn about the body language you use. These are things you’re going to apply every day in a clinic or your job setting ultimately as a medical assistant, so getting the experience in school in order to do that is great.”
Heathers Manor has been an accommodating community partner for MSB-Brooklyn Center, as it has provided medical assistant students a venue to practice their blood pressure check skills for previous applied-learning projects.