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Career Training in Logan County - Clinical Medical Assistant

Clinical Medical Assistant

Course Contact Hours: 140 hours + 160 hours clinical time

Student Tuition: $2,599 (textbooks included)

Clinical Externship Hours: 160 hours 


COURSE SCHEDULE (Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays)




Mondays & Wednesdays

  • August 10 - November 16
    Note: NO CLASS September 7
6 - 9:30 PM
  • August 22
  • September 12
  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 7
9 AM - 4:30 PM 

Clinical Medical Assistant Program – 140 Classroom Hours with 160 Hours Clinical Time

This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes 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. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. 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.    

Note:  Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 

Logan County Adult Learning
121 South Spring Street
Russellville, KY  42276

The Clinical Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an electrocardiogram (EKG), 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.

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:

  • Clinical responsibilities of the medical office – assisting the physician with patient related care

  • Preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine procedures, and diagnostic testing

  • 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 related to the physician office visit

  • Review and administration of medications, allergies, and other pharmacology related items

  • Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, and the proper techniques required to collect specimens for laboratory analysis

  • Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12 lead EKG

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

  • Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification examination.

  • 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.

  • Responsibilities of the clinical medical assistant and introduction to healthcare facilities

  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, circulation of the heart and blood vessels

  • Care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects of care, confidentiality and HIPAA

  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal skills and human behavior

  • Aseptic techniques, infection prevention, universal precautions, proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps

  • Documenting patient medical histories, updating patient medical files, vital signs and documentation

  • Appling sterile dressings, preparing patients for x-rays, performing various injections, administering oral medications, instructing patients on the proper usage of medications

  • 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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Please note: Only loans requested for the exact amount of the course will be certified. 

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 Last Modified 3/10/20