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Clinical Medical Assistant Program

Program Summary

This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. 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 healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture, hands on labs and a 160 hour clinical externship.

Cost: $2,399 includes textbooks (traditional Army tuition assistance, GI bill funding and traditional college financial aid does not apply). MyCAA may apply.

  • Classes will be held at the Fort Drum Education Center Annex, 10450 5th Armored Division Drive.
  • Maximum participation is 20
  • No refund for costs associated with training

Clinical Medical Assistant Application

Program Flyer

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

Clinical Medical Assistant Program

This program prepares medical assistant students to perform patient clinical skills in the medical office setting. Students perform clinical procedures including administering medications, assisting with minor surgery, performing an electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and maintaining clinical equipment in an ambulatory care setting.

Medical assistants perform routine clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly.

Clinical 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 tests on the premises. They instruct patients about medication 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, and change dressings.

Clinical Medical Assistant – Employment & Education

Upon successful completion of the Clinical Medical Assistant program you will have the skills necessary to gain employment in a number of capacities. Job opportunities will be prevalent in physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices and outpatient facilities. The occupational outlook handbook, states that employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 35 percent from 2011 to 2016, much faster than the average.

Educational requirements*
People who are interested in becoming a Clinical Medical Assistant must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Clinical Medical Assistant - Detailed Course Information

This program will provide the necessary training and skills required to challenge the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. This 140 hour program requires 140 classroom hours (lecture and labs) and a clinical externship. Students must successfully complete the 140 hour classroom requirement to be eligible to participate in the clinical externship rotation.

This comprehensive Clinical Medical Assistant program provides training in the following areas:

  • Function of the clinical medical assistant in a medical office
  • Introduction to health care facilities
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy of each of the body systems to include the heart, conduction system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects and work ethics
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • Phone in prescriptions to various pharmacies
  • Confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Take patient medical histories
  • Update patient medical files
  • Instruct patients on proper usage of medications
  • Vital signs and documentation
  • Phlebotomy including venipuncture and capillary sampling
  • Collecting non-blood specimens and point of care testing
  • Performing 12 lead EKGs, EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)
  • Prepare and assist with medical examinations
  • Take blood pressure and body temperatures
  • Apply sterile dressings
  • Prepare patients for x-rays
  • Perform various injections
  • Perform peripheral IVs
  • Administer oral medications
  • Aseptic technique and infection prevention
  • Assist with minor surgeries
  • Proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps

For more information
Call the JCC Continuing Education Division at 315-786-2233.