Clinical Medical Assistant with Externship
The Clinical Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare you to function as a professional in multiple health care settings. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an electrocardiogram (EKG), obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks. Job opportunities are prevalent with physician's offices, clinics, chiropractor's offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.
- Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification examination.
- In addition to facilitating entry-level clinical medical assistant-related positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Nursing (LPN) or a Nursing (RN) program.
Key Areas and Topics
- Clinical responsibilities of the medical office – assisting the physician with patient-related care
- Preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine procedures and diagnostic testing
- HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of health care and regulatory patient care issues
- Recording and taking of vital signs (blood pressure) and other patient care items related to the physician office visit
- Review and administration of medications, allergies and other pharmacology-related items
- Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy and the proper techniques required to collect specimens for laboratory analysis
- Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12-lead EKG
Detailed Course Topics
- Responsibilities of the clinical medical assistant and introduction to health care facilities
- Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
- Care and safety of patients, medical and legal aspects of care, confidentiality and HIPAA
- Effective verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal skills and human behavior
- Aseptic techniques, infection prevention, universal precautions, proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps
- Documenting patient medical histories, updating patient medical files, vital signs and documentation
- Applying sterile dressings, preparing patients for x-rays, performing various injections, administering oral medications, instructing patients on the proper usage of medications
- Phlebotomy, venipunctures and capillary sampling, collecting specimens and point-of-care testing
- Performing 12-lead EKGs and EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)