Clinical Medical Technician (CCMA, CET, CPT)

Program Description:

This program prepares medical assistant students for three national certification exams. The course work will prepare students to perform patient clinical skills in various medical office settings. Students perform clinical procedures including administering medications, assisting with minor surgery, performing an electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and maintaining clinical equipment in an ambulatory care setting. Medical assistants perform routine clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly.

Clinical duties may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treat¬ment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises. They instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, tele¬phone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, and change dressings.

Note: This program will provide the necessary training and skills required to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination, the NHA Certified Clinical EKG Technician Exam (CET), and the NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician Exam (CPT).

Program also includes an optional unpaid clinical externship at a local healthcare provider! Additional fees may apply for a background check, drug test and other externship site testing requirements. Students are responsible for any additional fees due at the time of placement in the optional externship.

Program Course Descriptions:

The Clinical Medical Technician program is laid out in three sections:

Clinical Medical Assisting Course: This course introduces students to the field of clinical medical assisting and prepares them for the certification exam that is a requirement to become qualified. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) data collection and recording, measurement of vital signs, physical examinations, phlebotomy, and electrocardiography.

EKG Course: EKG Technician course work covers the specific knowledge and skills related to cardiovascular anatomy and physiology and performance of a 12-lead EKG test. Students learn how to accurately place leads onto the patient, run the EKG machine, perform basic measurements using the EKG strip, and identify normal tracings of the heart’s electrical activity as well as identify common dysrhythmias. A separate EKG textbook and workbook is used for this section of the course.

Phlebotomy Course: The Phlebotomy Technician Course prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects of blood collection and will review the skills needed to perform venipunctures safely. Also includes terminology, blood collection procedures, order of draw and other engaging topics.

The Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood and other specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis.

Program Classroom Link: https://lms.360training.com/lms

Externship Details:

180 Hour Externship

Students must achieve an 85% grade or better on all course quizzes, module exams and final exam and complete a minimum of 50 course hours throughout the e-learning program. Additionally, to be eligible for the clinical externship process students must pass a background check and a drug screen to be placed in a healthcare facility.

Students who participate in a clinical must be able to submit the following if required by their site (which is collected by Meditec’s externship coordinator):

  1. Background check (Federal and/or state)
  2. Drug Screen
  3. Immunization record (or be able to obtain any immunizations required)
  4. 2 step TB test
  5. Flu Shot
  6. CPR certification

National Exam Details:

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) requirements:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • And have successfully completed a related training program such as the one you have completed with Meditec

Phlebotomy (CPT) technician exam candidates: work experience must include performing a minimum of 30 successful venipunctures and 10 successful capillary sticks. These venipuncture and capillary sticks must be performed on live individuals. Candidates are prohibited from using mannequins to meet this requirement.

EKG technician (CET) exam candidates: work experience must include performing a minimum of 10 successful EKGs. These EKGs must be performed on live individuals. Candidates are prohibited from using mannequins to meet this requirement.

Technical Skill Requirements:

Basic Internet and computing skills are required to use this course. These might include the following:

  • Using a browser
  • Downloading a free browser from the Internet
  • Downloading a browser plug-in, such as a video player
  • Posting to a discussion forum/board
  • Downloading and saving a file to your computer
  • Uploading a file by browsing your computer to locate a file
  • Entering your responses in a web-form, such as an online quiz
  • Sending emails to your instructor or peers

Career Information:

Occupation Job Summary Entry-Level Education 2012 Median Salary
Medical Assistants Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. Postsecondary non-degree award $29,370

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