: The Clinical Medical Associate program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in many different healthcare settings. Medical associates with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and assisting physicians. Job opportunities are prevalent with physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.
This program also includes the online study guide, CCMA and CET practice exam, and a voucher to pursue the National Healthcareer Associations (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and Certified EKG Technician Exam.
This program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider! Additional fees may apply for a background check, drug test and other externship site testing requirements. Fees will be paid by the student at the time of placement in the optional externship.
The purpose of the Clinical Medical Associate program is to prepare students to assist physicians and nurses by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office, included but not limited to EKG duties. This program covers the following key areas and topics:
Process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis
All aspects of blood collection and related procedures
The order of draw
Skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely
Terminology and related anatomy and physiology
Clinical responsibilities of the medical office – assisting the physician with patient related care
Preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine procedures and diagnostic testing
HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of healthcare and regulatory patient care issues Recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressure, and other patient care items related to the physician office visit
Review and administration of medications, allergies and other pharmacology related items
Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy and the proper techniques required to collect specimens for laboratory analysis
Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12 lead EKG
Detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart
Medical disease processes and terminology
Medical ethics and legal aspects of patient contact
Electrocardiography and echocardiography
An introduction to the components, function, and proper use of the EKG machine
The normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement
12-lead placement and other practicesInstructor Description
: This program is supported by an expert educational mentor, Patrice Arevalo. Patrice has a degree in medical assisting from The Career College of Northern Nevada as well as a degree in dental assisting from the Community College of the Air Force. She is available to provide guidance and motivation for learners throughout the duration of this program. As an expert mentor, she will provide answers to learner questions, monitor learner's program progression, and review lesson and program quiz/test results.Certification
: Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association's (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam and Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification exam.
Included in this program are the following textbooks:
• Clinical Medical Assisting: Foundations and Practice
• EKG Technician Program Standard, Custom Edition Package - Book package includes EKG Technician Program PowerPoint Slides
• EKG Technician Program Standard Student Workbook
• EKG Technician Program Advanced, Custom Edition Package - Book package includes EKG Technician Program: Advanced PowerPoint Slides
• Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Specimen Collection From Basic to Advanced, 8e
•Phlebotomy Technician Program Student Workbook, Custom Edition