Medical Assistant

13.6 Credit Units

This 13.6 Semester Credit Units (310 clock hours) program is designed to give students the basic knowledge and skills necessary to work as an entry-level Medical Assistant in a health care setting. Emphasis is placed on both front office administrative skills as well as back office clinical skills. The administrative portion of the Medical Assistant – Administrative & Clinical program emphasizes the “front office” skills required in a health care setting, while the Clinical portion of the course is designed to prepare the student to work in a clinical environment in a hospital, doctor’s office or medical clinic and includes a 160 hour, 4-week externship.

Clinical Medical Assistant duties may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory test on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings. Medical assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.

CMAP120-Medical Assisting Procedures and Patient Care- This course is designed to familiarize the student with the duties and responsibilities as the clinical medical assistant in a health care facility. At the completion of this course the student will understand basic patient care procedures such as administering medications, rendering first aid in the office and in emergency situations. Students will also understand how behaviors influence health. In addition, the student will learn and review specifics of Universal Precautions, taking vital signs and anthropometric measurements and anatomy and physiology.

CMAP110-Medical Assisting Procedures and Laboratory Techniques-This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic clinical procedures such as preparing patients for examinations, collecting specimens, and performing diagnostic tests. In addition, the student will learn and review specifics of Universal (Standard) Precautions, the taking of vital signs and arthrometric measurements and anatomy and physiology.

CMAP150– Medical Assisting Clinical Externship- This course is designed to allow the student to practice all the skills and techniques they have been taught while in the classroom. The student is given a folder on the day of their extern assignment. This folder contains forms that the student is required to be responsible for. The time card is to be completed for each week and faxed to the school or the student may bring it in each Friday, the end of each week. There is an evaluation form and a letter of completion, which the student is responsible for providing it to the extern site supervisor for completion and to then return it to school the last day of their training site assignment. This may be done by fax or in person. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the student is considered to have completed the course requirements and will be a graduate.

Occupations/Job Titles:

31-9092.00 -Clinical Medical Assistants: Performs administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Doctor’s Assistant, Medical Assistant (MA), Medical Office Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician, Optometric Assistant, Optometric Technician, Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).