Clinical Medical Assistant: Certificate Program

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The Clinical Medical Assistant program focuses on the skills needed to assist physicians & nurses in physician offices and other healthcare settings.

Students learn patient vital signs, examinations, phlebotomy/hematology techniques, laboratory procedures, 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG), basic pharmacology and ethics of patient care.

Students also learn typical office administration procedures including reception, patient schedule, filing and record-keeping, customer service, and an introduction to electronic health records management.

Graduates typically work as medical assistants or medical office assistants in single or multi-physician practices, outpatient centers, an hospitals.

4-Quarter Course Sequence
48.5 Quarter Credits

Offered: Evening

Quarter I
Credits
FSS-100
Freshman Student Success
0
MED-102
Medical Terminology
3
CMA-105
Introduction to Clinical Procedures
4.5
ALH-100
The Human Body & Functions
4.5
Credits Quarter I:12
Quarter II
Credits
MED-100
Ethical & Legal Aspects of Patient Care
3
CMA-208
Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant
10
ALH-101
Assisting with Phlebotomy, Urinalysis & Point-of-Care Testing
5
Credits Quarter II:12
Quarter III
Credits
CMA-110
Medical Office Procedures I
3
CMA-211
Electronic Health Records
3
MED-105
Medical Emergencies & Disaster Response
2
ALH-102
Assisting with Medical Specialties, Nutrition & EKG
4
Credits Quarter III:12
Quarter IV
Credits
PCD-201
Professional Career Development
2
CMA-233
Comprehensive Applications
4
CMA-298
Medical Assisting Practicum
6.5
Credits Quarter IV:12.5
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 48.5 Quarter Credits

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Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals & doctor’s offices
  • Medical office receptionist
  • Health records management
  • Billing & insurance specialist

Program Highlights

Curriculum

Learn the industry standards for:

  • Lab procedures
  • Examination basics
  • Diagnostics & treatment
  • Paper & electronic records management

Practical Experience

Students are required to complete a 200-hour off-site internship in outpatient/ambulatory setting in their final quarter.

Entering the Field

One-on-one guidance from Career Services is available to graduates for assistance on resume writing, mock interviews and job placement.

Opportunity for Further Study
Students who successfully complete the Clinical Medical Assistant program are welcome to enroll in our Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program.

“Swedish was the perfect place to transition my journey into the medical field. I was properly taught & prepared for what I could expect in real life applications.”

- Marcel, Class of ‘15