In the medical assistant program at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine, students often practice their skills on each other, as well members of the community. For the first time, the students in the advanced patient care class with Dawn Bunn, CMA, and MSB-Blaine medical assistant program chair, practiced their skills on real life 5-year-olds!
“We are looking to provide our students with hands-on experiences in order to prepare them for the ‘real world’,” said Bunn. “With this in mind, we invited a few 5-year-olds into the classroom to do vital signs as well as perform vision and hearing screens in preparation for the competency testing that the students needed to complete. This exercise showed them the whole picture of what it is like to interact one-on-one with a child, and also allowed them to see some of the challenges that working with a patient of this age can present.”
“I loved working with the five year olds. They gave us first-hand experience in how to work around their wiggles!,” said medical assistant student, Jess Kinney. ” It was so cool to be able to work with them. They were honest and made the experience realistic.”
“Practicing with the kids for this exercise was great. It gave me an understanding of what to expect in the field,” said medical assistant student, Lindsey Grogan.
When the kids were asked what they thought about the experience, we received a resounding, “It was fun!” It sounds like this experience was beneficial for all!
To learn more about the hands-on medical assistant program at Globe University & Minnesota School of Business, call 877-655-7676.