Clinical Medical Assistant Program with a Clinical Externship

This program prepares medical assistant students to perform patient clinical skills in the medical office setting. Students perform clinical procedures including administering medications, assisting with minor surgery, performing an electrocardiogram, educating patients and maintaining clinical equipment in an ambulatory care setting.

Medical assistants perform routine clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly.

Who Should Attend

This program is for individuals who are interested in working in physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices and outpatient facilities.

Certificate Completion

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association Certification Exam. The cost of this exam is $155 and is not included in your tuition.

CPR certification is not required, but is beneficial when working in a healthcare environment. The College of Extended Learning offers CPR certification courses. The cost of this course is $65 and is not included in your tuition.

Delivery Format

Face-to-face (lecture and labs)
Clinical externship (field)

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Course Information
Course No. HSCI 1025
Units NC
Fee* $3,499**
Training Time 140 hours, classroom
160 hours, clinical time
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* Fees are subject to change

** Textbooks included

Skill Sets

  • Medical terminology
  • Care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects and work ethics
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • Phone in prescriptions to various pharmacies
  • Confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Take patient medical histories
  • Update patient medical files

Requirements

People who are interested in becoming a Clinical Medical Assistant must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

This program requires 140 classroom hours (lecture and labs) and 160-hours of clinical externship. Students must successfully complete the 140 hour classroom requirement to be eligible to participate in the clinical externship rotation.

Outline

Training Time

140 hours, classroom
160 hours, clinical time


This program will provide the necessary training and skills required to challenge the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. This program requires 140 classroom hours (lecture and labs) and 160 clinical externship hours. Students must successfully complete the 140 hour classroom requirement to be eligible to participate in the 160 hour clinical externship rotation.

This comprehensive Clinical Medical Assistant program provides training in the following areas:

  • Function of the clinical medical assistant in a medical office
  • Introduction to health care facilities
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy of each of the body systems to include the heart, conduction system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects and work ethics
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • Phone in prescriptions to various pharmacies
  • Confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Take patient medical histories
  • Update patient medical files
  • Instruct patients on proper usage of medications
  • Vital signs and documentation
  • Phlebotomy including venipuncture and capillary sampling
  • Collecting non-blood specimens and point of care testing
  • Performing 12 lead EKGs, EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)
  • Prepare and assist with medical examinations
  • Take blood pressure and body temperatures
  • Apply sterile dressings
  • Prepare patients for x-rays
  • Perform various injections
  • Perform peripheral IVs
  • Administer oral medications
  • Aseptic technique and infection prevention
  • Assist with minor surgeries
  • Proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps

Summer 2017 Schedule (Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday)

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday & Thursday 5/30/17 - 9/5/17 6:00-9:30pm YC 106
Saturday 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5 & 8/19 9am-4:30pm YC 106

Fall 2017 Schedule (Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday)

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday & Thursday 9/5/17 - 12/5/17 (NO CLASS 9/23) 6:00-9:30pm YC 106
Saturday 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4, 11/11 & 12/2 9am-4:30pm YC 106

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