This program is designed to prepare individuals 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. CMAs 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. Students will learn about the use of technology in the healthcare field as they engage in the clinical experiences. Students will also gain a basic knowledge of front office duties to include record keeping, scheduling, and coding. Upon successful completion of the course, students 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.
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Tamela Banner has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. Her background includes clinical medical assisting, administrative medical assisting, medical billing, and phlebotomy. She has been teaching allied health courses for over 7 years. Her passion for teaching has lead her to finish her BS of Education. In her spare time Tamela enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children, as well as shopping.
Ronnie joined UHS in January 2014 as a medical assistant. Ronnie brings over 15 years of experience in her field to Health Services having most recently worked with The Emory Clinic for the past several years. Ronnie received her degree in medical assisting from South Georgia Technical College and is presently continuing her education to become a registered nurse.
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.
Students will need to purchase the following books:
Kinn's The Medical Assistant current ed, Saunder/Elsevier Text, Study Guide, and Procedure Checklist Manual Package with ICD 10 CM Supplement
Chabner’s Medical Terminology; A Short Course, 6th ed, Elsevier
Equipment: Students will need to purchase their 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.)
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.
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
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. Students must work independently and as a team to complete various tasks. Classroom attendance and participation are required for the completion of this course.
Assignments will require students to draw upon academic skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, basic math skills, and computer technology. Student assessment will be based on group work, individual completion of assignments, and test of students’ knowledge of important healthcare concepts, and demonstration of skills. Students are expected to be in class. In the event of absences, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor for any missed assignments. There is no make-up for clinical hours missed.
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. Students 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.
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 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: 84 hours in classroom
Number of CEUs to be offered: 8.4