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Clinical Medical Assistant

Associate Degree

Program Overview

Clinical Medical Assistant

Acquire the Clinical Medical Assistant skills that are needed in today's rapidly changing medical industry. Practice in small classes and labs to achieve skill competency before progressing to the in-the-field study. Graduates can provide competent patient care and fulfill laboratory and administrative duties in an entry-level position as a clinical medical assistant in a variety of settings.

Career Possibilities

  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant

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Associate in Science Degree

The Clinical Medical Assistant Program is an associate degree program offering focused training in the clinical patient care skills needed in today’s rapidly changing medical environment. An introduction to basic administrative skills common to the field is included.

Clinically, students learn about the human body as a whole, functioning unit; about providing the best in patient care; and about diagnostic techniques.  Clinical courses are competency-based with students afforded the opportunity to practice in small classes with high-tech medical equipment until competent.  Skills such as therapeutic ultrasound, automated blood chemistries, medication administration by all routes, phlebotomy and computerized diagnostic multichannel EKGs are included.  Extensive hands-on laboratory experience is also included.  Realistic clinical experience is gained in the medical community during 180 hours spent in the role of entry-level Clinical Medical Assistant in a facility chosen by the student during the last 2 quarters of the program.

Administratively, students gain an understanding of the changing health care system of the United States and its business aspects, such as the scheduling and tracking of patients; billing and charging; and the preparation of medical reports. The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is utilized in a simulated medical office environment, using software common in the field.

At the conclusion of the program, students are able to perform patient care skills, laboratory skills and point-of-service diagnostic testing commonly done in a physician's office, clinic or laboratory on each of the body systems and with the further ability to manage administrative aspects of a modern medical environment.  Students completing the program are eligible to take a national certification exam. Graduates may work in an individual physician’s office, urgent care facility, or in a larger organization, such as a hospital or health maintenance organization. Graduates of this program are also eligible to continue their education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management.  

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Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission:
The mission of the Certified Medical Assistant Technology (CMA) program is to provide quality education and experiential learning in the field of clinical medical assistance. Students are challenged and motivated in the care of patients seeking medical care in varied environments. The objective is to teach our students respect and compassion for others, and to empower students in the desire to continue to learn and grow as individuals as well as a member of the medical team.

Program Goals:

  1. To successfully graduate entry level Clinical Medical Assistants who demonstrate their ability to provide patient care with understanding and empathy and behave in a professional manner with both colleagues and patients.
  2. To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the NCMA (Nationally Certified Medical Assistant) exam.
  3. To provide students with hands-on laboratory and patient care-related simulations.
  4. To enrich the knowledge and skills of those students already employed in the medical field.
  5. To prepare students for lifelong learning by developing an appreciation for the acquisition of knowledge and providing instruction in the use of appropriate learning aids.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Provide competent patient care, and fulfill laboratory and administrative duties in an entry level position as a Clinical Medical Assistant in a variety of settings.
  2. Function as a member of the health care delivery team.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with supervisors, patients and their families, and colleagues.
  4. Act in an ethically, responsible way with regard to legal obligations applicable in a medical environment.
  5. Respect all people and cultures as they interact with a diverse patient population in the clinical medical assistant profession.

Associate in Science Degree

  • BIO 100 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • CMA 100 Law & Professionalism in the Medical Office
  • CMA 101 Medical Language
  • BIO 120 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • CMA 121 Medical Language II
  • CMA 126 Clinical Documents & Communications
  • MGM 112 Introduction to Office Software
  • HS 201 Introduction to Medical Ethics and Bioethics
  • BIO 131 Pathophysiology
  • CMA 131 Medical Language III
  • CMA 132 Clinical Laboratory Tests
  • CMA 136 Clinical Care Techniques I
  • PS 201 Introduction to Psychology
  • CMA 217 Clinical Care Techniques II
  • CMA 220 The Electronic Medical Record
  • CMA 225 Medication Administration
  • CMA 227 Clinical Laboratory Applications I
  • CMA 228 Comprehensive Medical Office Practice I
  • CMA 229 Comprehensive Medical Office Practice II
  • CMA 236 Clinical Experience I
  • CMA 237 Clinical Laboratory Applications II
  • CMA 240 Clinical Experience II & Clinical Project
  • MA 121 Business Math