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Clinical Medical Assistant

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

The CMA course at Alvin Community College prepares you for an exciting career working alongside primary healthcare providers to provide “hands on” patient care. Clinical medical assistants (CMAs) prepare and assist the patient for examination by using a broad set of skills and knowledge. Medical assistants assist physicians with procedures, perform basic lab tests, administer basic medications, implement treatments, and explain basic care to patients. CMAs may be tasked with:

  • "Rooming” the patient
  • Checking vital signs
  • Checking vital signs
  • Reviewing patient history
  • Assisting during exams
  • Administering medications
  • Collecting specimens
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • "Chaperoning” in gender-sensitive settings
  • Specific activities for the practice setting.

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 ACC CMA course includes 134 hours of lecture as well as a 160-hour externship. General topics in the course 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. After successfully passing the classroom component of the course, 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 if possible.

Courses Required

Basic Medical Assistant Technology: 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 EKGs, and locate information regarding medications. Students must enroll simultaneously in CEHPRS 1006, CEMDCA 1000, and CEMDCA 1091. Student must pass CEHPRS 1006, CEMDCA 1000, and CEMDCA 1091 to advance to CEMDCA 1060 (Externship-clinical). Maximum number of absences: 2 classes for course series. TEXTBOOKS REQUIRED.

Essentials of Medical Terminology: Students will learn how to define, pronounce, and spell medical terms with the use of medical references as resource tools; use terms in context; build and analyze medical terms; examine word origin and structure through the introduction of prefixes, suffixes, root words, plurals, abbreviations and symbols. Students will also use medical terminology in written and spoken communication, define medical terminology found in medical records and must enroll simultaneously in CEHPRS 1006, CEMDCA 1000, CEMDCA 1091 and CEMDCA 1060. Student must also pass CEHPRS 1006, CEMDCA 1000, and CEMDCA 1091 to advance to CEMDCA 1060 (externship).

Advanced Medical Assistant Technology: 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 CEHPRS 1006, CEMDCA 1000, CEMDCA 1091, and CEMDCA 1060. Student must pass CEHPRS 1006, CEMDCA 1000, and CEMDCA 1091 to advance to CEMDCA 1060 (clinical).

Externship

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

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the ACC CMA program, the student 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. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Classes:

ACC AT  TURNER - PEARLAND Campus

Basic Medical Assistant Technology
Course No.                     Date(s)                           Time                         Day     Room     Instructor
CEMDCA 1000 TC02 09/02/14 - 09/29/14        06:00PM - 09:30PM    MT     1606        C Bell
Fee(s): Tuition IN $700.00 Tuition OD $720.00 Other Fees $180.00

Basic Medical Terminology
Course No.                     Date(s)                           Time                         Day     Room     Instructor
CEHPRS 1006 TC02   09/30/14 - 10/27/14     06:00PM - 09:30PM       MT     1606       C Bell
Fee(s): Tuition IN $700.00 Tuition OD $720.00 Other Fees $5.00

Advanced Medical Assistant Technology
Course No.                     Date(s)                           Time                         Day     Room     Instructor
CEMDCA 1091 TC02  10/28/14 - 02/02/15      06:00PM - 09:30PM     MT     1606        C Bell
Fee(s): Tuition IN $700.00 Tuition OD $720.00 Other Fees $5.00

To learn more about this ACC program, contact Stacy Ebert
at 281.756.3806 or
alliedhealth@alvincollege.edu



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