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Clinical Medical Assistant

This program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals 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 EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and related tasks. Job opportunities include positions in physicians' offices, medical clinics, chiropractors' offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities. 

A limited number of scholarships are available for this program. Visit the Wanamaker Scholars Program page for more information about scholarship opportunities.

Clinical Medical Assistant Details

Prepare to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office.

The following key areas and topics are covered:

  • Clinical responsibilities of the medical office and 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 administering a 12-lead EKG

Education and Certification

  • Clinical Medical Assistants should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED
  • 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 assisting positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Nursing (LPN) or a Nursing (RN) program.

Detailed Course Topics Covered

  • 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 nonverbal 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)
Date and Hours Location Cost
140 Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays
Feb. 17 - July 14, 2014
5:30 - 9 p.m.
(No class March 3, March 5 or May 26)
Main Campus, Center for Business and Industry $2399 (Tuition: $2089, Text: $310)
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