Objectives & Curriculum
*Understand and apply overall knowledge and skills associated with the expectations of a certified clinical medical assistant: students concentrate on understanding the importance of technical competencies in the health setting; perform procedures learned throughout the program; and demonstrate proficiency in performing technical tasks.
*Understand and demonstrate a working knowledge of general patient care: Students will concentrate on strategies that define the patient care technician’s role within the community; demonstrate the concepts and principles of medical asepsis, technical skills in isolation techniques, environmental control and safety, long-term patient care and emergencies and their procedures; students will concentrate on describing conditions and disorders of the endocrine, nervous, reproductive, gastrointestinal and circulatory systems; the role of patient-care technician, and special procedures.
*Understand and apply principles of the safe handling and disposal procedures of bio-hazardous materials.
*Understand and demonstrate a working knowledge of phlebotomy: students will concentrate on knowing and using the proper technique to obtaining capillary collection that includes the heel and finger; venous collection using a vacutainer; making blood slides; and understanding transportation and processing specimen; students will also concentrate on laboratory personnel and their duties; students will learn about the medical lab including the care and use, safety practices and procedures, handling of infectious diseases and their control, various blood tests and slipper preparation; and the various departments for special tests.
*Understand and demonstrate a working knowledge of EKG monitoring: students will concentrate on determining heart rates, normal sinus rhythms, knowledge, location and function of Ectopic Foci; and recognize the signs of rapid ectopic rates and rhythms, irregular rhythms, escape beats, premature beats, Bundle Branch blocks and Hemi blocks; students concentrate on demonstrating the proper procedures of performing EKGs and breaking down rhythms; they will also identify irregularities in rhythms and what the possible causes for those irregularities could be; students will concentrate on describing the functions of the EKG machine; understanding the EKG paper, voltage, time and all of the controls; identify and demonstrate procedures in performing an EKG and the correct placement and mounting of EKG tracers; and identifying all forms of interference, technical errors and machine functions by exhibiting proficiency in problem solving and machine utilization.
*Understand fundamental principles of Risk Management involved with the profession of medical administrative assisting.
*Understand and be familiarized with medical law and ethics: this course acquaints students pursuing health and legal professions with issues involving medicine, law and ethics.
*Understand and demonstrate a working knowledge of Microsoft Office
*Understand and apply a working of knowledge of financial procedures in the medical office.
*Understand and apply fundamental principles of communication utilizing technologies and correct terminology associated with the field of medical assisting.
TOTAL NUMBER OF WEEKS: 50
TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS: 600
PROPOSED WEEKLY SCHEDULE: M/W/TH; 4 HOURS DAILY