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Health Assisting

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:

First Aid and General Safety 

  • Recognize and demonstrate appropriate first aid and emergency techniques 
  • Recognize and demonstrate fire safety and general safety procedures involved in patient care 
  • Recognize and demonstrate appropriate procedures for handling waste and hazardous materials 
  • Recognize signs, symptoms, and reporting mandates for violent or abusive situations 
  • Recognize and demonstrate infection control measures, including standard precautions, hand washing techniques, isolation, and personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Differentiate symptoms requiring emergency care 


Medical Terminology

  • Identify and interpret word suffixes and prefixes   
  • Identify and interpret word roots 
  • Identify and interpret approved medical abbreviations and acronyms
  • Identify and differentiate various medical and surgical definitions and conditions 
  • Identify and interpret anatomic terms, including body planes and cavities 
  • Exhibit understanding of healthcare terms  


Body Systems 

  • Identify various body systems, structures, and functions 
  • Recognize abnormal signs and symptoms of disease processes 


Observation and Communication

  • Recognize and practice professional patient and staff communications
  • Demonstrate accuracy in completing medical forms 
  • Demonstrate proper office skills, telephone technique, and etiquette 
  • Identify and communicate signs and symptoms of major medical conditions 
  • Recognize and respond to cultural diversity 
  • Recognize and provide care for all stages of growth and development


Documentation and Legal Issues of the Health Assisting Profession 

  • Demonstrate understanding of confidentiality and HIPAA regulations 
  • Exhibit and identify professional behaviors, resources, and practices of a heath assistant 
  • Identify legal and ethical issues in the health assisting field
  • Demonstrate accurate documentation procedures 


Health Assisting Skills

  • Accurately measure and record vital signs, height, and weight 
  • Demonstrate proper body mechanics, including patient transfer, positioning, lifting, and moving 
  • Assist with elimination needs (e.g., bowel and bladder)
  • Assist with obtaining body fluid specimens 
  • Assist with personal care and hygiene 
  • Obtain and accurately measure patient intake and output 
  • Assist with patient nutritional needs 
  • Assist with, observe, and report  patient skin care conditions 
  • Identify patient chart components (e.g., flowchart, admission, history)
  • Demonstrate appropriate filing techniques for patient records 
  • Identify and utilize appropriate procedures for cleaning equipment 


Written Assessment: 

Administration Time: 3 hours   

Number of Questions: 163

Areas Covered:

First Aid and General: 19%

Medical Terminology: 15%

Body Systems: 9%

Observation and Communication: 15%

Documentation and Legal Issues of the Health Assisting Profession: 10%

Health Assistant Skills: 29%


Sample Questions:

After assisting a physician with a procedure, the suture removal scissors should be 

  1. autoclaved prior to disposal 
  2. placed in a red “biohazard” bag
  3. put in an approved sharps container 
  4. double bagged and incinerated 


The heart and lungs are located in which body cavity?  

  1. ventral  
  2. cardiac  
  3. thoracic  
  4. peritoneal  


When leaving a phone message regarding lab results on a patient’s answering machine, 

  1. give complete information about the test results 
  2.  leave the doctor’s name and home phone number 
  3. instruct the patient to call the lab 
  4. maintain the patient’s confidentiality 


The proper procedure for a bed bath or partial bath is to start at the 

  1. extremity closest to the health assistant 
  2. abdomen  
  3. eyes and face 
  4. extremity farthest from the health assistant 


What method does an autoclave use to sterilize supplies or equipment?  

  1. ultraviolet filtered rays 
  2. chemical solutions  
  3. steam under pressure  
  4. ionic charges 


A blood clot that travels is commonly referred to as a/an

  1. thrombus
  2. embolus  
  3. lesion  
  4. vesicle 


Which of the following terms includes lifestyles and religion?

  1. ethnicity
  2. diversity  
  3. customs
  4. culture


Emergency care is care that must be

  1. administered by a licensed paramedic
  2. given in the emergency room by trained professionals
  3. given right away to prevent the loss of life
  4. given to all patients regardless of the symptoms


The release of a medical record becomes legal with the signature of the

  1. patient
  2. doctor  
  3. office manager 
  4. insurance agent


Which of the following menus is considered a balanced meal?

  1. macaroni and cheese, salad, and diet soda
  2. pancakes, eggs, syrup, and coffee
  3. hamburger, French fries, and milkshake
  4. chicken, green beans, milk, and apple


Performance Assessment:

Administration Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes   

Number of Jobs: 4 


Areas Covered:

29% Hand Washing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Participant will gather equipment, maintain a clean technique, demonstrate correct hand washing technique, put on cover gown, mask, and gloves, then remove gloves, gown, and mask all in the correct order, correctly wash hands, and clean work area.


29% Change a Patient Gown 

Participant will identify the patient, introduce self and explain procedure, retrieve clean gown, verbalize the need for hand washing prior to beginning of procedure, provide privacy for the patient, remove soiled gown, dispose soiled gown properly, apply the clean gown, position patient for safety and comfort, and verbalize the need for hand washing after procedure.


29% Measure Vital Signs, Height and Weight

Participant will gather equipment, identify patient and explain procedures, verbalize hand washing, accurately take pulse, respirations, blood pressure, height, and weight, clean work area and check patient for comfort and safety.


13% Transfer Patient from Bed to Wheelchair

Participant will use correct body mechanics to transfer patient with left-sided weakness from bed to wheelchair, and from wheelchair to bed. 


Sample Job:

Transfer Patient from Bed to Wheelchair

Maximum Time: 15 minutes

Participant Activity: The participant, using a gait belt, will demonstrate the proper procedure for transferring a patient with left-sided weakness from a bed to a wheelchair, and then moving the same patient from the wheelchair back to the bed.