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Medical Assistant

Certification

Medical Assistant

Health care is changing, and the role of the Medical Assistant is more important than ever. The Medical Assistant is the most versatile member of the healthcare team and is an important part of the successful physician practice. Although the skills the Medical Assistant performs will vary among medical offices, this course will fully prepare the student with a wide variety of skills, making him or her an essential part of the healthcare team. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of all aspects of clinical medical assisting, including care and management of the patient, the different body systems, administering and injecting medications, insurance and coding requirements, the special needs of pediatric and geriatric patients, and employment opportunities and strategies for Medical Assistants.

Hours

175

Access Length

12 Months

Delivery

Self-Paced

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Course Overview

In this course, we will explore the profession of medical assisting by looking at the role of the medical assistant, the importance of health records, and key terminology in the field. We will learn the fundamentals of medical assisting such as infection control and medical emergencies. Assisting with medications, helping with the different medical specialties, and working with the clinical lab are topics that will be explored.

This course prepares the student to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) national certification exam.

Students will:
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of a typical medical assistant.
  • Discuss the importance of patient health records. 
  • Use anatomical and medical vocabulary correctly. 
  • Explain the role of medical assistants in infection control. 
  • Identify the average body temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure for various age groups. 
  • Identify typical solutions, medications, and equipment used in minor surgical procedures.
  • Detail the medical assistant’s role in minor office surgeries.
  • Identify the classifications of medications, including the indications for use, desired effects, side effects, adverse reactions, forms, and medical administration.
  • Summarize the important parts of a drug label.
  • Describe how a medical assistant should assist in various medical specialties. 
  • Explain how the medical assistant works with the clinical laboratory. 
  • Explain best practices in searching for a job in medical assisting.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Assisting

In this lesson, we will learn the basic roles of a medical assistant, the importance and types of patient records, and explore proper medical terminology.

Lesson 2: Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting, Part 1

In this lesson, we will learn the fundamentals of clinical medical assisting, including infection control, examining patients, coaching patients, and nutrition.

Lesson 3: Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting, Part 2

In this lesson, we will learn about the basics of surgical supplies and instruments, assisting with minor surgeries, electrocardiography, and the role of a medical assistant during medical emergencies.

Lesson 4: Assisting with Medications

In this lesson, we will learn about medications. Principles of pharmacology, reading labels, pharmacological math, and types and methods of medication administration will all be covered.

Lesson 5: Assisting with Medical Specialties, Part 1

In this lesson, we will learn about the medical specialties that employ medical assistants. The basics of each field are covered, including ophthalmology, dermatology, allergy and infectious disease, gastroenterology, and orthopedics.

Lesson 6: Assisting with Medical Specialties, Part 2

In this lesson, we will learn about the medical specialties that employ medical assistants. The basics of each field are covered, including neurology, behavioral health, endocrinology, cardiology, and pulmonology.

Lesson 7: Assisting with Medical Specialties, Part 3

In this lesson, we will learn about the medical specialties that employ medical assistants. The basics of each field are covered, including urology, obstetrics, pediatrics, and geriatrics.

Lesson 8: Assisting with Clinical Laboratory Procedures

In this lesson, we will learn about how medical assistants work with the clinical lab and the medical equipment associated with working with the lab.

Lesson 9: Job Seeking

In this lesson, we will learn about how to apply for and find a job in the field of medical assisting.

All necessary materials are included.

Certification(s):

This course prepares the student to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) national certification exam.

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