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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Medical Assistant

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The Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Certificate of Proficiency prepares a graduate to work as a valuable aid to complete many of the routine tasks involved in patient care in outpatient clinics or offices, specialty clinics, or hospitals. Students in the CMA program learn to record vital signs, assist with examinations, and explain treatments or tests, administer medications, obtains laboratory specimens, perform electrocardiograms, and sterilize equipment. Students learn to maintain the exam rooms and supply specialty areas. Graduates eligible to take CMA Certification exam at the conclusion of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates of the Clinical Medical Assistant program will demonstrate skills for assisting healthcare providers in an outpatient clinical setting giving direct patient care assistance.

  • Graduates will demonstrate competence in preparing patients for tests, procedures and examinations and performing vital sign documentation common to the outpatient clinic setting. The graduate will also perform CLIA-waived laboratory procedures and simple office procedures within the scope of the CMA role.

  • Graduates will exhibit patient safety in the clinic setting, using universal, standard precautions to prevent disease transmission, recognize and respond to emergencies, and administer select medications under the direction of the physician or nurse.

  • Graduates will use correct medical terminology to communicate and document care, manage patient records, obtain patient history and insurance data using electronic health record (technology) and will demonstrates competency in basic diagnostic and procedural coding.

  • Graduates will exhibit lawful and ethical care; assuring patient rights, maintenance of safety in the healthcare environment, following chain of custody procedures and reporting illegal or unsafe practices to proper authorities

Fall Semester: 16-21 Credits

Grand Total: 16-21 Credits

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