This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in health care. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of health care. This program includes 165 hours of classroom lecture and hands-on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local health care provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 165-hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, have a physical exam, provide proof of current immunizations and meet other requirements.
Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Health career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED. Minimum age is 18.
Course Contact Hours: 165 hours + Clinical Externship (120 hours)