This Clinical Medical Assistant program provides training in clinical procedures used by entry-level Medical Assistants working in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare settings. Medical Assistants have always been critical employees in the healthcare system, but they are becoming even more important as the industry expands, technology advances, and the population ages. This program includes only clinical medical assistant skills. Consider our other program – Medical Assistant which includes both administrative and clinical skills.
What makes Medical Assistants so important?
Medical Assistants are the ones who make sure a patient receives the best possible care from the time he/ she enters a hospital, doctor’s office, or other medical facility to the time the patient leaves. For Medical Assistants, the job can be both professionally and emotionally rewarding and can also serve as a stepping stone to another position in the medical field; with training as a Medical Assistant, you will have the basic knowledge necessary to begin building a career in the healthcare field.
Students are prepared for the following certifications by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
- Certified EKG Technician (CET)
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
What does a Clinical Medical Assistant do?
Clinical Medical Assistants are true team players on the healthcare team. Their tasks vary greatly, depending on what employers expect from them and also the area of medicine in which they secure employment. Some possible job duties of Clinical Medical Assistants include the following:
- Ask patients about their chief complaints and medical histories
- Measure and record vital signs
- Perform phlebotomy and EKGs
- Prepare patients for exams, x-rays, etc.
- Prepare rooms for procedures, including the sterilization of equipment
- Assist doctors during exams and procedures such as biopsies, x-rays, endoscopies, etc.
- Help patients understand the doctor’s recommendations and information
- Remove stitches (sutures)
- Infection Control and OSHA
- Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology
- Patient Safety
- Medical Office Clinical Practices
- Phlebotomy & EKG
- Externship in a medical office (100 hrs)