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COMC406 – Primary Care and the Primary Care Practice Assistant

Module code
Module title
Primary Care and the Primary Care Practice Assistant
This module extends students' understanding of primary care and their role and builds on their knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Students will undertake clinical tasks under direction and delegation from a regulated health professional. Includes 50 hours of work placement.
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Apply knowledge of primary care to support people, family and or whnau and the healthcare team.
Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to clinical tasks under direction and delegation.
Maintain appropriate standards of professional behaviour in the workplace.
-Purpose and impact of the Primary Care Practice Assistant role within primary care
-Anatomy and physiology
-Practical clinical activities within a primary care practice setting (e.g. spirometry, electrocardiograph (ECG) lead placement, eye acuity tests)
-Normal parameters of clinical observations
-Professional behaviours - Therapeutic actions in communication; compliance with legislation, policies and procedures, cultural safety, health literacy, ethical behaviour, working under direction and delegation.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching and learning methods will be online delivery with work-based skills development, project based interactive tasks, with online group sessions, video conference tutorials, and creation of e-portfolios of evidence.
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of Evidence 100
The e-portfolio components could consist of a combination of any of the following: test, assignment, presentation, examination, project or formal report. These could be group or individual assessments.
The weight of the overall assessment is equally distributed across learning outcomes.

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