Description

The Clinical Medical Assistant is a member of the healthcare team working under the direct supervision of a Physician, Registered Nurse, or Physician’s Assistant. The MA is prepared to work in a physician’s office primarily in the back office, actually assisting the doctor in taking vital signs, patient history, patient assessments, documenting the patient’s chief complaints, sterilizing, disinfecting, assisting with minor office surgery, patient education, medications, phoning in prescriptions, performing EKG(s), venipuncture(s), collecting specimens for various laboratory tests, preparing the exam rooms and patients for examinations, performing emergency medical procedures, sterile dressing changes, making appointments, referring to proper community resources, and disposing of bio hazard waste properly. The MA knows how to communicate with the patient, family members, and all members of the healthcare team in a professional manner.

Objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic Medical Office Administration
  • Perform Taking of Patient History
  • Assist With Physical Examinations
  • Medical Documentation & Recording
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Nutrition
  • Knowledge of CLIA and OSHA Guidelines
  • Pediatric
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Digestive Systems
  • Integumentary Systems
  • Prenatal Care
  • Gynecology
  • Pharmacology
  • Reproductive Health
  • Minor Office Surgery
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Prepare Patients & Examination Rooms
  • Phlebotomy & Hematology
  • Blood Chemistry & Serology
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Perform Venipunctures & Injections
  • Catheterizations
  • Patient Education
  • Infection Control & Universal Precautions
  • Medical Vocabulary
  • Medical Terminology
  • Abbreviations & Symbols
  • Intro Anatomy & Physiology
  • Radiology
  • Urinalysis
  • Prescription Writing
  • Emergency Medical Procedures
  • CPR
  • Knowledge of Medications & Drug Calculations
  • Effective communication with patient, family, and other members of the healthcare team

Length of Program

The Clinical Medical Assistant Program is a total of 499 contact hours consisting of 279 classroom hours, and 220 hours of clinical internship. This breaks down to approximately 9 weeks of academics for day classes and 16 weeks for evening classes. Classroom hours are 8:45am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday for Day Classes. Evening Classes meet Monday through Thursday, 5:30pm-10:00pm. Clinical hours will vary according to the clinical area assigned. Clinical hours are FULL TIME and are during daytime hours only. Clinical(s) usually amount to 6 weeks for most rotations or until you reach your 220 hour minimum. Total course time for the CMA day class is about 15 weeks and for CMA evening classes total length is about 22 weeks (end dates vary depending on various office hours at your clinical placement).

Fees

  • $3,200.00 Tuition
  • $100.00 Registration Deposit
  • $250.00 Books & Materials Fee
  • $75.00 Lab Fee
  • (Total of $3,625.00)

*AAHC will set up payment plans for these fees

Additional Fees/Supplies: A current Medical Dictionary is strongly suggested for class and can be obtained from any bookstore for approximately $10. Students will need general school supplies such as: binders, notebook, paper, pens, pencils, erasers, and highlighters. CPR class will be offered for students who do not have CPR certification. Students must pay $25 to receive a CPR card. Students are required to purchase a minimum of two pairs of Royal Blue in color scrubs that must be worn at all times during clinical(s). These are approximately $30.00 a pair and can be purchased at any uniform or retail store. Students are also required to purchase a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff by the third (3) week of class; these are approximately $45.00 for the kit. A student name badge is part of student uniform and is required for clinical(s). Name badges will be provided by the Academy of Allied Health for $15. Uniforms will be worn six to ten (6-10) weeks after class begins. Students are encouraged to purchase a lab jacket, approximately $25.00; and any additional uniforms you may feel necessary for class/clinical(s). Liability insurance is required for each student before student is placed in clinical(s). The school has obtained student blanket insurance and each student will need to pay $41 before it will be applied to an individual student’s account. After payment you will then be eligible for clinical(s). At completion of course (including ALL clinical hours), we highly advise students to take the National exam which is paid directly to NHA (National Healthcareer Association). Students will receive information on how to apply & pay for national testing at completion of academics. Their website is www.nhanow.com or 1-800-499-9092.

Course Requirements

Prospective students are cautioned that this program is not a “Crip Course” and the students should be expected to study 5-10 hours weekly. This course covers all the information needed to successfully pass National Certification boards. This class will be an intensive course due to the short amount of time, wide range of skills, and information you will be learning. Students are required to attend 80% of classroom instruction and are expected to successfully complete all examinations prior to clinical rotation. If the student misses 20% or more of classes, automatic dismissal is mandated. Students must attend 100% of clinical(s). Final written examination passing grade of 85%. Students must pass Pharmacology Exam with no lower than 80%. Drug Calculation Exam must be passed with a 90%. EKG Exam must be passed with a 75%.

Phlebotomy passed with a 75%. Students must maintain a 70% grade average. Students will be allowed 3 makeup exams. Makeup exams MUST be taken the first day of the student’s return to school; if not, it will be a zero. After 3, they will be counted as zeros. Any student who misses the final exam will fail the program.

Admission Requirements

Registration must be completed in person. Students must be at least 18 years of age, possess high school transcripts or GED, and must provide proof at Admission. Students must attend one of AAHC’s Career Overview Orientations before the application process can be completed. Students must fill out application for chosen course, pass admissions test, and have a successful interview with an AAHC staff member. Before start of class all students must provide (2) written letters of reference (1 personal and 1 professional). Medical Assistants are required to have a current (within 6 months of class beginning) physical exam report. If you have a current physical exam from your primary care physician, we will accept a copy, but if you do not have a current physical we will administer physicals on location.

Authorization

AAHC’s Clinical Medical Assistant Program is authorized by The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). This authorization has to be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.