Clinical Medical Assistant
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Become Part of a Medical Team

Swedish’s Clinical Medical Assistant program provides students with the education and skills needed to assist physicians and nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. Students gain an understanding of how to perform inter-office clinical and office tasks such as taking vital signs, reading lab results, phlebotomy/hematology techniques, and record-keeping. Successful completion of this certificate program prepares students for entry-level jobs as medical office or clinical medical assistants.

Graduates of the Clinical Medical Assistant program receive a certificate the New York State Board of Regents authorizes. They are then eligible to enroll in Swedish’s Clinical and Medical Assistant degree program.

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What to Expect in the Program

The Medical Assistant Certificate program is a 62 quarter-credit program that’s available in a 5-quarter (15 month) course sequence. Classes for this program are offered on an evening schedule. Through this program, students will obtain a comprehensive education of topics such as bioscience, clinical procedures, diagnostic techniques, and basic office administration. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the practice of clinical medical assisting in a variety of healthcare settings.

With the education provided in this program, students will be able to: practice within legal, ethical, and professional standards; understand and respect the principles of privacy and patient rights in medical records; work collaboratively and communicate effectively with physicians, nurses, healthcare teams, patients, and their families; and apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills in decision-making situations in a healthcare environment.

Want to know more about what a day in the life of a Clinical Medical Assistant student is like? Check out a Sample Schedule!

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Academic Calendar

Semester Calendar
Massage Therapy, Nursing, Personal Training
2018 Spring Semester

Classes Begin Monday, May 7

Classes End Saturday, August 18

School is closed for Holidays, Memorial Day- Monday, May 28, Independence Day- Wednesday, July 4th

2018 Winter Semester

Classes Begin Tuesday, January 16

Classes End Saturday, April 28

School is closed for Holiday: Martin Luther King- Monday, January 15

2017 Fall Semester

Classes Begin Thursday, September 7

Classes End Friday, December 22

School is closed for Holiday: Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 23 and

Friday, November 24

2017 Spring Semester

Classes begin Monday, June 26 *Massage Therapy only (morning classes)
Classes end Saturday, August 19

Classes begin Monday, May 8
Classes end Saturday, August 19

School is closed for Holidays:
Memorial Day – Monday, May 29
Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4

Quarter Calendar
Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Surgical Technologist
2018 Spring Quarter

Classes Begin Monday, April 16

Classes End Monday, July 2

School is closed for Holiday: Memorial Day- Monday, May 28

2018 Winter Quarter

Classes Begin Tuesday, January 16

Classes End Tuesday, April 3

School is closed for Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Monday, January 15

2017 Fall Quarter

Classes Begin Thursday, October 5

Classes End Friday, December 22

School is closed for Holiday: Thanksgiving- Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24

2017 Summer Quarter

Classes Begin Wednesday, July 12

Classes End Wednesday, September 27

School is closed for Holiday: Labor Day – Monday, September 4

Message from the Director


Welcome Fellow Allied Health Professionals:

Thank you for your interest in the Clinical & Administrative Medical Assistant (CAMA) and the Medical Billing & Coding program (MBC) at Swedish Institute. We are excited that you have chosen one of these programs for becoming a medical professional in this field.

As a medical assistant, you will be trained to work both in the front and back office of a medical clinic, performing duties such as managing patient registration, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance, triage, and working directly with doctors assisting in patient medical history and examination, phlebotomy, measuring vital signs and EKG, sterilizing instruments for minor surgery, and performing common laboratory procedures.

Once the didactic portion of the program is completed successfully, you will undergo 200 hours of clinical externship either in a medical office, clinic, or in a local hospital affiliated with the program. Furthermore, you will be provided with course materials that will help support your journey to preparation for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification examination provided by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

The MBC program at Swedish Institute is designed to provide you, the student, with the appropriate didactic theory and skills required to begin an entry-level career in billing and office administration. You will also be provided with course materials to assist in preparation for your National Health Career Association (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification examination.

Swedish Institute will prepare you to navigate the real world medical environment. We have passionate and experienced instructors who actively work in the field to assist you towards meeting your goals. We welcome you with open arms.

Dr. Sharmalan “ Sam” Sathiyaseelan

Program Director

CAMA & MBC Program

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