Clinical Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship

Course Name

Clinical Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship

Contact Hours: 450

Course Description

As a Clinical Medical Assistant you would be involved in the comprehensive medical billing and setup of patients for medical facilities. You would be involved in the practice and management of a medical office in areas such as receptionist duties, telephone techniques, appointment scheduling, verbal and written communications, medical and non-medical record management. You will also learn basic patient setup for triage care. Common clinical practice duties include performing routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner`s specialty.

Clinical duties vary according to state law and include: taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination.

Program Details:

The program prepares students to work with clinical coordinators or practice administrators and,

•Perform primary nursing procedures under supervision of physician or physician assistant
•Assist physician and physician assistant in exam rooms
•Escort patients to exam rooms, interviews patients, measure vital signs, including weight, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and document all information in patient’s chart
•Give instructions to patients as instructed by physician or physician assistant
•Ensure all related reports, labs and information is filed is available in patients’ medical records prior to their appointment
•Keep exam rooms stocked with adequate medical supplies, maintain instruments, and prepare sterilization as required
•Take telephone messages and provide feedback and answers to patient/physician/pharmacy calls
•Triage and process messages from patients and front office staff to physicians and physician assistants
•Maintain all logs and required checks (i.e. refrigerator temperatures, emergency medications, expired medications, oxygen, cold sterilization fluid change, etc.)
•All other duties as assigned by clinical coordinator or practice administrator

Keep in mind that the responsibilities of medical assistants will also vary based on practice location, as the legal scope of practice varies by state. For example, some states require medical assistants who perform certain procedures, such as blood draws, ultrasounds or EKGs, to have license to do so, while some states do not. Many practices leave it up to the physician to make decisions about a medical assistant’s scope of responsibility, since they are technically working under the license of the physician.

Clinical Medical Assistant Externship Protocol
Course Description: 
Externship is a work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts under direct supervision of the clinical professional. This work-experience course will train students in multiple skills to help the provider carry out procedures, interview and care for patients, perform basic lab tests and administer medications. Students will be competent in both clinical and administrative procedures. 

Meeting Location: As assigned by Clinical Externship Coordinator. Externship hours are Monday-Sunday beginning as early as 6am and can go till 11pm. It is expected for students to be flexible with times and days for clinical sites to accommodate students. Externship placements occur after successful completion of the course and student acknowledges all guidelines stipulated in an externship application. Although it`s rare, students must commit up to a 1 hour (one way) commute or longer depending on student location and are responsible for any expenses associate with such. The student will also be responsible for any expenses (if any) associated with externship onboarding requirements such as background checks & drug screens.

Attendance Policy: Students must attend 100% of clinical hours in order to pass competencies.

Hours: 160 hours

Please note: course of study may be completed earlier than indicated.


National Association and Certification Exams

The Clinical Medical Assistant program prepares students for multiple practice roles and national certifications. As an entry-level clinical profession this program is ideal for students in the allied health care field. The National Certification examinations require that students should have a high school diploma or completed the General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

The exams students can be eligible for include:

•The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam (CCMA)
•Certified EKG Technician (CET) Exam
•Phlebotomy Technician Exam (PBT) by American Society of Clinical Pathology


Assessment Tools:

•Practical Experience
•Online exercises
•Lab Simulations


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