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Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) (HFCMA-02)


Course Description

Have you thought about working with other professionals providing health care to patients? Are you a good team player? As a Clinical Medical Assistant you will work closely with patients and physicians; take vital signs, interview patients, record patient information, and provide point-of-care testing. Clinical Medical Assistants are projected to be among the fastest growing occupations in the next 5 years. Our course will also provide you with the latest HIPAA regulations, the Electronic Health Record, and how to care for special populations. Completing our Clinical Medical Assistant program will help you prepare for a successful and rewarding career in the growing healthcare industry!

Prerequisite: Solid knowledge of Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology. If you do not know Medical Terminology or Anatomy & Physiology you can take one or both of our additional courses.

Upon completing this program students will learn to:

•Define the daily procedures performed by the physician and medical assistant
•Identify the proper guidelines of obtaining vital signs and patient information
•State the methods of the administration of medication and intravenous therapy
•Define the various guidelines for performing phlebotomy and microbiology charges
•Identify the standard guidelines for OSHA, sterilization and disinfection


Clinical Medical Assistant Module 1
Keeping up with Medical Standards

Medical Office Administration and Clinical Documents
Laboratory and Diagnostic Procedure Documents
Therapeutic Service Documents
Hospital and Consent Documents
Charting in Different Types of Medical Record
Introduction to Medical Asepsis
The OSHA Standard
Microorganisms and Medical Asepsis
Regulated Medical Waste
Bloodborne Diseases
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 2
Sterilization, Disinfection and Taking Vital Signs

Introduction to Sterilization and Disinfection
Definition of Terms
Hazard Communication Standard
Procedures for Disinfection, Sanitation and Sterilization
Introduction to Vital Signs
Measuring Body Temperature
Taking a Pulse
Calculating Respirations
Performing Pulse Oximetry
Measuring Blood Pressure
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 3
The Physical Examination

Preparation of the Examining Room and the Patient
Measuring Height and Weight
Body Mechanics
Positioning and Draping the Patient
Assisting the Physician
Structure of the Eye
Assessment of Color Vision
Structure of the Ear
Assessment of Hearing Acuity
Ear and Eye Irrigation and Instillation
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 4
Promoting Healing and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Introduction to Tissue Healing
Local Application of Heat and Cold
Cast, Splints, and Braces
Measuring and Instructing Patients with Ambulatory Aids
Introduction to the Gynecologic Exam
Breast and Pelvic Examinations
Vaginal Infections
Prenatal Care
Postpartum Visits
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 5
Pediatrics and Minor Office Surgery

Pediatric Office Visits
Developing Rapport with Clients
Measuring Pediatric Vital Signs
Growth Measurements
Pediatric Injections and Immunizations
Surgical Asepsis
Instruments Used in Minor Office Surgery
Sterile Dressing Change
Assisting with Minor Office Surgery
Sutures and Bandaging
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 6
Administration of Medication and Intravenous Therapy

Legal Aspects
Routes of Administration
Drug Nomenclature
Converting Units of Measurement
Medication Record
Controlled and Prescription Drugs
Factors Affecting Drug Action
Parenteral Administration
Tublerculin Skin Testing
Intravenous Therapy
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 7
Common Health Procedures

The Structure and Conduction System of the Heart
Standardization of the Electrocardiograph, Paper, and Leads
Holder Monitoring and Cardiac Dysrhythmias
Peak Flow Measurement and Home Oxygen Therapy
Structure of the Large Intestine
Blood in the Stool and Various Types of Stool Tests
Introduction to Colon Procedures
Introduction to Male Reproductive Health
Introduction to Radiology
Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 8
Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory and Urinalysis

Purpose of Laboratory Testing
Types of Clinical Laboratories
Quality Control
Recording Test Results
Laboratory Safety
Structure and Function of the Urinary System
Composition and Collection of Urine
Analysis of Urine
Rapid Urine Cultures
Pregnancy Testing
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 9
Phlebotomy and Hematology

Vacuum Tube, Butterfly, and Syringe Methods of Venipuncture
Obtaining Serum and Plasma Specimen
Puncture Sites and Skin Puncture Devices
Micro-collection Devices
Components and Functions of Blood
Hemoglobin Determination
White and Red Blood Cell Count
Differential Counts
Clinical Medical Assistant Module 10
Blood Chemistry, Microbiology, and Emergency Medical Procedures

Collection of a Blood Chemistry Specimen
Test for Glucose and Management of Diabetes
Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Blood Urea Nitrogen
Antigen and Antibody Reactions
Microorganisms and Disease
Microbial Cultures
Sensitivity Testing
Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
Emergency Medical Procedures
OSHA Safety Precautions


6 months




Any healthcare professional looking to become a clinical medical assistant and any professional looking to sit for the national certification exam.


Upon successful completion of our Clinical Medical Assistant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Clinical Medical Assistant in a health care center or doctor’s office and will be prepared to sit for the NHA national certification exam to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


Internet Access
• Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
• Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

• Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
• Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
• 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
• Operating Systems
-Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
• Web Browsers
-Google Chrome is highly recommended
-Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App
• Adobe PDF Reader
• Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
• Adobe Flash Player
• Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
• PowerPoint Viewer

The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

Clinical Procedures for Medical Assistants by Kathy Bonewit-West

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