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Course: Medical Assisting

Promising Approaches

Incorporate discussion of current local, national, and international issues and events into the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.

Encourage and support interactions across cultural differences.


SMCC International students attend Medical Assisting classes to participate in discussions comparing US and foreign health care systems. Discussions cover availability and access to healthcare as well as moral and ethical issues.  In order to fully participate in the discussions, participants must have a clear understanding of health care policy and delivery.

Special Features

Civic Learning Goals

  • Civic Knowledge: Recognize, understand, and gain an appreciation for the health care delivery system.   Identify, define, and describe local (health care) problems and their connections to problems on the state and national levels.Civic Skills: Process and evaluate information for objectivity, accuracy, and point of view.

Active listening /perspective taking.

  • Civic Attitudes/Dispositions: Willingness to enter dialogue with others about different points of view and to understand diverse perspectives

Contact Information

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: Education for Democracy