Our Clinical Assistant proficiency certificate program will teach you how to perform clinical procedures in a variety of health care environments. You will learn how to obtain patient medical histories, take vital signs, administer medication, perform electrocardiography and vision screening, assist your physician with general and specialty examinations, and perform point-of-care laboratory testing. When you complete the proficiency certificate, you will know the correct terminology for diseases, symptoms, diagnostic treatment and surgical procedures, and how to integrate knowledge and skills related to the clinical responsibilities in order to effectively perform various tasks in an ambulatory setting.
|Course Number and Name||Prerequisites||Credits|
|AH 103 - Medical Terminology||3 credits|
|AH 116 - Interpersonal and Professional Skills in the Health Care Setting||3 credits|
|BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology*||FNMT 118 or MATH 118 (or higher) placement||4 credits|
|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|
|MLT 102 - Phlebotomy||4 credits|
General Education Requirements:
All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.
Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports.
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- Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries, or medical consultations.Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
- Operate office equipment, such as voice mail messaging systems, and use word processing, spreadsheet, or other software applications to prepare reports, invoices, financial statements, letters, case histories, or medical records.
- Maintain medical records, technical library, or correspondence files.
- Compile and record medical charts, reports, or correspondence, using typewriter or personal computer.
How well does it pay?
New workers generally start around $27,057. Normal pay for Medical Secretaries is $38,124 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $51,004.