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Clinical Medical Assistant Academy

The Clinical Medical Assistant Academy will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office.  Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle.

Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare.

Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks. Job opportunities are prevalent with physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.

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Who Should Attend

Our Clinical Medical Assistant Academy is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.

Clinical Medical Assistants Academy students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.

In addition to facilitating entry-level clinical medical assisting related positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Nursing (LPN) or a Nursing (RN) program.

To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements.

How to Enroll

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To enroll in UTC's Clinical Medical Assistant Academy, please see the course schedule and add the program to your shopping cart.

Students who are interested in the Clinical Medical Assistant Academy do not need to complete a FAFSA nor be officially admitted to the University. 

There are no course prerequisites for this course. 

If you have questions about enrollment, please schedule a time to speak to a program coordinator or contact the Center for Professional Education at 423-425-4344. 

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What You Will Learn

Course Topics

The purpose of this program is to prepare students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of healthcare and regulatory patient care issues
  • Recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressure, and other patient care items
  • Review and administration of medications, allergies and other pharmacology related items
  • Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12 lead EKG
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Aseptic techniques, infection prevention, universal precautions, proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps
  • Phlebotomy, venipunctures and capillary sampling, collecting specimens and point of care testing
  • Performing 12 lead EKGs and EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)

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How You Will Benefit

  • Earn a relevant and up-to-date education
  • Gain real-world and practical experience
  • Participant in externships to hone skills and knowledge
  • Access to job opportunities and employers

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About the Externship

Clinical Medical Academy students will participant in an externship at a local medical facility. Clinical externships allow students to interact with physicians, staff, and patients to better understand job responsibilities and duties.

To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and have up-to-date immunization records.

About Certification

Students who complete the Clinical Medical Assistant Academy will be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification examination. The certification exam is included in the cost of the course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Financial Aid

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Refund Policy

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Contact Us for More Information

Not sure where to start or what program would be best for you? Schedule a meeting with our program coordinator to find the best option for you.

From funding options to certification exams, we will make sure you have the information you need to be successful.