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Clinical Assistant Proficiency Certificate


Clinical assistants are professionals that perform clinical procedures that include obtaining patient medical histories, taking vital signs, administering medication, performing electrocardiography, vision screening, assisting the physician with general and specialty examinations, and performing point-of-care laboratory testing. Clinical assistants serve as a patient advocate and health coach to patients. Professional settings that offer career opportunities to the clinical assistant include outpatient clinics, physicians' offices and other health care facilities.

Students who complete the proficiency certificate for the Clinical Assistant will be able to use these courses to continue their education and obtain an associate's degree in Health Care Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Clinical Assistant Proficiency Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Use the correct terminology for diseases, symptoms, diagnostic studies, treatments and surgical procedures.
  • Demonstrate competency in the performance of clinical skills expected for an entry-level clinical assistant.

Entrance Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College's placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactory complete the appropriate English and mathematics course as part of the certificate.

Clinical Assistant Proficiency Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Prerequisites Credits
AH 103 Medical Terminology   3 credits
AH 116 Interpersonal and Professional Skills in Health Care   3 credits
BIOL 108* Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology FNMT 118 or MATH 118 (or higher) placement 4 credits
DIET 106 or DIET 111 Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle / Introduction to Nutrition For DIET 111: ENGL 101 and BIOL 109* 3 credits
AH 113 Exam Room Procedures I AH 103 with a "C" or better 3 credits
AH 115 Exam Room Procedures II Corequisites: AH 103, AH 113, and BIOL 108 (or BIOL 109 and BIOL 110)*, which may be taken concurrently, all with a "C" or better.  3 credits
Total Credits: 19

*BIOL 108, a one semester course in Anatomy and Physiology is the minimum requirement for this Certificate. However, students who have completed the two semester anatomy and physiology sequence (BIOL 109-BIOL 110) may substitute BIOL 109-110 in place of BIOL 108, provided that they have completed both BIOL 109 and BIOL 110.

Successful Completion:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C"; grade or better in each of the courses listed above. In order to receive a "C"; grade or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete assignments, exams and participate in class activities.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W2-7, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430 or email health@ccp.edu.

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