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Clinical Medical Assistant

Become a Clinical Medical Assistant to work alongside MDs, PAs, and NPs

The Clinical Medical Assistant Program is a comprehensive course that will teach students the knowledge and skills to assist a physician in various aspects of health care. CMAs assist with medical procedures, perform basic lab tests, administer medications, implement treatments, and explain basic care to patients. The CMA program also includes education and clinical experience in skeletal radio-graphic positioning, imaging and evaluation (X-Rays). Students will also learn applied human anatomy and radiological procedures of the skull, chest, spine, abdomen, upper extremities.

Upon successful completion of the CMA program, students may take the NCMA Exam to become a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant and will also qualify to register with the State as a Non-Certified Radiological Technician.  This State registration will allow CMAs the ability to take skeletal x-rays under a doctor’s supervision. Students must register and pass five courses prior to registering for the Externship. All 6 courses must be completed with a grade of 75% or higher to receive a certificate. 

CMAs may be tasked with:

  • Assisting during exams
  • Administering medications
  • "Chaperoning” in gender-sensitive settings
  • Checking vital signs
  • Collecting specimens
  • Reviewing patient history
  • "Rooming” the patient
  • Specific Activities for the practice setting
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Taking skeletal x-rays under a doctor's supervision

ACC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program offers a comprehensive learning experience through classroom instruction followed by an off-site externship. Designed for busy adults, classes are held in the evenings or on Saturdays.

Program Description

The CMA program includes 134 hours of classroom lecture. General topics in the program include: basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; basic medical diseases; proper communication, documentation and procedure for working with patients; wound care; basic first aid; specimen collection; basic pharmacology and medication administration; basic patient education protocol; how to obtain an EKG; customer service, resume writing and working with difficult individuals. The program will also include 128 hours in the fundamental diagnostic radiological procedures. Topics include radiation safety and protection for the patient, self and others, image production and evaluation, radio-graphic equipment maintenance and operation, quality control, darkroom,process and Texas Regulations for Control of Radiation.

After successfully passing the classroom component of the five courses, students will be assigned to an externship site to work alongside a practicing Medical Assistant or nurse to hone new found skills. Students work with the instructor for proper placement at a location preferable to the student when possible.

Courses Required:

Basic Medical Assistant Technology - 28 Hours
Introduction to medical office operations, equipment, procedures, and human relations skills. Students will perform procedures for rooming a patient, learn to take vital signs, perform treatments, position patient for procedures, collecting and testing specimens, take EKG's, and locate information regarding medications. Students must enroll simultaneously in CEMDCA 1013, CEMDCA 1000, CERADR 1001, CEMDCA 1091 and CERADR 1002.  Students must pass all five courses before advancing to CEMDCA 1060 (Externship-clinical). Maximum number of absences: 2 classes for course series. TEXTBOOKS REQUIRED.

Basic Medical Terminology - 28 Hours
Medical Terminology is an online class that will include the study and practical application of a medical vocabulary system.  This course will also cover essential anatomy to give the student a better understanding of the terminology they are learning.  It will include body systems, structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots and combining forms. Students must enroll simultaneously in CEMDCA 1013, CEMDCA 1000, CERADR 1001, CEMDCA 1091 and CERADR 1002. Students must pass all five courses before advancing to CEMDCA 1060 (Externship-clinical).

Introduction to Radiology - 48 Hours
This course is an overview of the historical development of radiography, basic radiation protection and procedures, an introduction to medical terminology, ethical and legal issues for health care professionals, and an orientation to the profession and the health care system.  Class will meet 2 evenings/week and students will be required to partake in 2-4 hours of radiological observation/week. Students must enroll simultaneously in CEMDCA 1013, CEMDCA 1000, CERADR 1001, CEMDCA 1091 and CERADR 1002.  Students must pass all five courses before advancing to CEMDCA 1060 (Externship-clinical).

Advanced Medical Assistant Technology - 84 Hours
This is the continuation course to Basic Medical Assistant Technology. Students will identify anatomy and function of the human body and body systems, use proper techniques and safety concepts to administer oral and inject-able medications, demonstrate first aid for musculature injuries, instruct patients in preventive health practices, and assist the physician/primary care providers with examination of the patient.  Students must enroll simultaneously in CEMDCA 1013, CEMDCA 1000, CERADR 1001, CEMDCA 1091 and CERADR 1002.  Students must pass all five courses before advancing to CEMDCA 1060 (Externship-clinical).

Radio-graphic Image Evaluation - 80 Hours
This course is the scientific process of radio-graphic image evaluation. Class will meet 2 evenings/week and students will be required to partake in 2-4 hours of radiological observation/week. Students must enroll simultaneously in CEMDCA 1013, CEMDCA 1000, CERADR 1001, CEMDCA 1091 and CERADR 1002.  Students must pass all five courses before advancing to CEMDCA 1060 (Externship-clinical).

Externship - 160 Hours
Some externship sites may require Drug Screens, Background Checks or preparation prior to externship at their facility. The student will be responsible for these costs associated with the externship requirements and are not included in the current externship tuition because the requirements will differ from site to site.

Admissions Requirements

 For admission to the ACC CMA program, students must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a basic understanding of computers and access to email
  • Have a current AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers certification (offered at ACC) prior to externship
  • Have a current negative TB test prior to externship

Financial aid is available to qualifying students: Learn more

Upcoming Classes:  Next Session Starts Fall 2016

Basic Medial Assistant Technology

Alvin Campus

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEMDCA 1000 02
TBA
06:00PM - 09:00PM
MT
D235A C Bell
Tuition: IN $700 OD $720 Other Fees   $206  

Basic Medical Terminology

Internet

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEMDCA 1013 IN2 TBA
6:00PM - 9:30PM MT Internet C Bell
Tuition: IN $500 OD $520 Other Fees   $5  

Introduction to Radiology

Alvin Campus

Course No.
Date(s)
Time
Day
Room
Instructor
CERADR 1001 02
TBA
06:00PM - 10:00PM
WTH
H120 S Archer
Tuition:
IN $400
OD $420
Other Fees
$118  

Advanced Medical Assistant Technology

Alvin Campus

Course No. Date Time Day Room Instructor
CEMDCA 1091 02
TBA
06:00PM - 09:00PM
MT
D235A
C Bell
Tuition: IN $700 OD $720 Other Fees   $5  

Radiographic Image Evaluation I

Alvin Campus

Course No.
Date(s)
Time
Day
Room
Instructor
CERADR 1002 02
TBA
06:00PM - 10:00PM
WTH
H120
S Archer
Tuition:
IN $800
OD $820
Other Fees
$25  

Externship

Off Campus

Course No.
Date Time
Day
Room
Instructor
CEHPRS 1060 01 TBA TBA TBA Off Campus
C Bell
Tuition: IN $700
OD $720
Other Fees
$5
 

More information at: cma@alvincollege.edu or 281.756.3787
To Register: Visit Building H, Room 103

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