Notes: Be sure to complete the required healthcare application. Part of the application process is obtaining two letters of reference (professional or educational), healthcare assessment and a background check conducted by a local police department.
Kinn's The Medical Assistant: An Applied Learning Approach, 13th Edition- ISBN-13: 978-0323353205
Medical Language: Immerse Yourself (4th Edition)- ISBN-13: 978-0134318127
Equipment: You will need to purchase their own blood pressure (BP) cuffs, stethoscope, both $25.00; navy blue scrubs, white non-skid shoes, white lab coat, and a watch with a second hand. (Scrubs and coat may be purchased at Walmart, Scubs and Tees, Uniform Advantage, etc.) $45.00
NHA exam fee is $155 and will be held on Saturday, TBD at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
An externship placement is available upon successful completion of the program and the fee is $199. Extra documentation, including immunizations are required and will be covered during the program.
Course Title: Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate Program
Instructor: Cecelia Cromartie, RMA
Target Audience: This course is designed to give an overview of the various components of a clinical medical assistant professional and their responsibilities. This course is intended for individuals wishing to make an exciting, challenging, and rewarding change in careers and transition into the healthcare arena.
Prerequisites (courses and/or assessment or tests): This course is intended for individuals who are high school graduates or have obtained a GED. You must submit a completed healthcare application and pass the Healthcare Assessment Exam with a 75 or better. The Healthcare Assessment Exam is administered right after the Information Session.
Student Course Materials: You will need to purchase the following books:
Kinn's The Medical Assistant: An Applied Learning Approach textbook and workbook, 13th Edition- ISBN-13: 978-0323353205
Medical Language: Immerse Yourself (4th Edition)- ISBN-13: 978-013431812
Equipment: You will need to purchase your own blood pressure (BP) cuffs, stethoscope, navy blue scrubs, white non -skid shoes, white lab coat, and a watch with a second hand. (Scrubs and coat may be purchased at Walmart, Scrubs and Tees, Uniform Advantage, etc.)
Course Description: This program is designed to prepare you to assist physicians and nurse practitioners in their offices or other medical settings. As a clinical medical assistant, you perform a wide range of duties. Clinical medical asistants are responsible for medical and surgical asepsis, taking vital signs, assisting the physician with examinations and surgery, administering ECGs and administering medications. Clinical instruction includes preparing patient for examination and treatment, specimen collection, administering injections, phlebotomy, performance of basic laboratory tests, and the use of the electrocardiograph machine. You will learn about the use of technology in the healthcare field as you engage in the clinical experiences. You will also gain a basic knowledge of front office duties to include record keeping, scheduling, and coding. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to sit for the NHA certification exam to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. The cost of the certification exam is not included in the course fee.
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Identify and describe the structure and major components of the healthcare system
Develop a basic working knowledge of medical terminology
Identify and understand the basic structure, functions, and interaction of each body system
Explain the legal, cultural and ethical issues, and regulations within healthcare
Discuss the pathway from patient contact through the diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and financial aspects of medical care
Demonstrate the strict safety standards needed to protect patients, employees and employers.
Perform all clinical duties expected of clinical medical assistant
Teaching Methodology and Assessment: The instruction will be mixed with lecture, and skills demonstration. The course requires study of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, computer usage and diagnostic testing. You must work independently and as a team member to complete various tasks. Classroom attendance and participation are required and important for the completion of this course.
Assignments will require you to draw upon academic skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, basic math skills, and computer technology. Your assessment will be based on group work, individual completion of assignments and test of your knowledge of important healthcare concepts and demonstration of skills. You are expected to be in class. In the event of absences, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor for any missed in class assignments. There is no make-up for clinical hours missed.
Quizzes- quizzes will be multiple choice and they may or may not be announced. These are designed to test your comprehension of the material being covered.
Unit/Chapter Test- there will be 4 Unit/Chapter tests, which will be multiple choice matching and labeling.
Final Exam- There is NO MAKE UP for the final exam. This exam will be multiple choice and labeling.
Class participation- class participation is vital part of the learning experience. The expectation is that all you will be actively engaged with the class and that you will contribute to class discussions.
Scenario Exercises- Hands-On activities including clinical exercises, CPR, customer service, medical history review, patient education exercises and all other skills as it pertains to a healthcare practice will be role played and require professionalism and practice.
Criteria for Successful Completion: To receive a Clayton State University Center for Continuing Education Certificate and CEUs, you must attend 80% of all class sessions, actively participate and complete an evaluation for the program. In addition, you must successfully pass all exams and quizzes and complete the skills checklist.
Students must pass the Midterm Clinical Skills Exam with an 80% or better to be allowed to continue with the course. You must also pass the Final Clinical Skills Exam with a 90% or better, and have an overall theory grade of 80% or better to pass the course and be eligible for externship.
F did not meet standards scored less than 80 on knowledge test
Employability Skills- employability skills equated to professionalism. These are the necessary skills you will need to be successful in the workplace. The overall grade is based on the following factors: your ability to communicate effectively, use of your time, your cooperation in class, your ability to follow instructions, your ability to work independently, your ability to follow safety rules, and lastly your appearance in class.
Clinical Competencies- scenario exercises, demonstration of proper handling of medical records, patient triage and history taking, exam preparation, procedural testing and clinical exercises.
Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareers Association (NHA) Clinical Medical Assistant exam. See www.nhanow.com for more details about the certification.
Amount of contact time (in hours) needed to effectively teach this course: 90 hours in classroom
Number of CEUs to be offered: 9.0
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