Clinical Medical Assisting
This career major is approximately 698 hours in length and would be offered as a full-time adult program in an individualized study format. This program is designed to prepare students to work in a physicianâ€™s office or clinic performing the duties of a clinical medical assistant. Students will learn medical assisting basics, CPR, First Aid, medical terminology and anatomy and physiology. In addition students will learn selected administration skills in order to assist in any part of the office if needed. Students will also learn about pharmacology, including administration of oral, intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular medications. The program also includes basic clinical procedures including vital signs, obtaining a medical history and assisting with minor office procedures, as well as selected disorders of each body system and related clinical skills performed in the medical office.
Students will progress at their own pace, within parameters, using a textbook, workbook, video and DVD clips, and laboratory practice. Students will check-off on each of the 76 skills with an instructor to ensure competency. The textbook and workbook for this program is titled The Professional Medical Assistant: An Integrative, Teamwork-Based Approach by Eagle, Brassington, Daily, and Goretti, published by FA Davis. The student must average 80% in each course in order to progress to the next course. To successfully complete the program, the student must average 80% in all courses.
The knowledge and skills for this career major include:
1. Demonstrate ability to interact with patients in a profession, legal, and ethical manner.
2. Define and apply medical terminology correctly.
3. Describe the structure and function of the eleven body systems.
4. Perform basic clinical medical skills needed to room and interview a patient.
5. Describe selected disorders of each body system that are commonly seen in the physicianâ€™s office or clinic.
6. Perform related clinical skills for the selected body system disorders.
7. Discuss classifications and effects of commonly prescribed medications.
8. Demonstrate administration of medications via the oral, intradermal, subcutaneous and intramuscular routes.
9. Perform clinical laboratory skills including phlebotomy, hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, and microbiology.
10. Discuss appropriate action to take during office emergencies.
11. Perform skills needed to assist with radiology and diagnostic imaging.
12. Participate in clinical practice course, including preparing a portfolio and taking part in on the job experience.