Clinical Medical Assistant

Prepare yourself for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.

This program will train you to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office.

Employment & Education

Upon successful completion of the Clinical Medical Assistant program you will have the skills necessary to gain employment in a number of capacities. Job opportunities will be prevalent in physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices and outpatient facilities. The occupational outlook handbook states that employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average.

People who are interested in becoming a Clinical Medical Assistant must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Detailed Course Information

This program will provide the necessary training and skills required to challenge the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. This program requires 140 classroom hours (lecture and labs) and a clinical externship. Students must successfully complete the 140 hour classroom requirement to be eligible to participate in the 160 hour clinical externship rotation.

This comprehensive program provides training in the following areas:

  • Introduction to health care facilities
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy of each of the body systems to include the heart, conduction system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Care and safety of patients, medical and legal aspects and work ethics
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • Phone in prescriptions to various pharmacies
  • Confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Take patient medical histories
  • Update patient medical files
  • Instruct patients on proper usage of medications
  • Vital signs and documentation
  • Phlebotomy including venipuncture and capillary sampling
  • Collecting non-blood specimens and point of care testing
  • Performing 12 lead EKGs, EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)
  • Prepare and assist with medical examinations
  • Take blood pressure and body temperatures
  • Apply sterile dressings
  • Prepare patients for x-rays
  • Perform various injections
  • Perform peripheral IVs
  • Administer oral medications
  • Aseptic technique and infection prevention
  • Assist with minor surgeries
  • Proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps

Register for Clinical Medical Assistant

  • Information for Spring 2018 course coming soon.

Employment Statement for Job Training Programs

Heartland Community College does not guarantee employment upon completion of instructional programs. Students are responsible for researching relevant employment opportunities prior to registration. Students are responsible for understanding the benefits of successful certification attainment. No refunds will be provided if a student fails to complete a course, does not pass a certification exam, or is unsuccessful at obtaining employment.

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Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8160
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