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At a Glance

Our Medical Assistant certificate workforce training program teaches you the skills needed to complete any of the functions at a medical facility. Learn about electronic health records, phlebotomy, EKG, physiology, pharmacology and more. Many of our students are offered employment at their clinical site.

Approx. Number of Hours:

448

Program Cost:**

$4,952

Est. Hourly Wage:*

$17 per hour

Min. Occupational Requirements:

18 years old or older; high school diploma or GED®.

Medical Assistant Job Overview

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Clinical medical assistants are multi-skilled healthcare practitioners certified for competence in a variety of clinical and lab procedures and administrative roles. Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep physician, podiatry, chiropractic and other health practitioner offices running smoothly. 

Financial Assistance

There’s more than $150,000 in funding available to help pay for short-term job training. Up to 90% of costs may be covered to complete this training program.

Licensure/certification earned

Students who complete this job training certificate are prepared to take the certification exam and are eligible for national certification as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant through the National Healthcareer Association (for an additional fee).  

Curriculum

View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule. 

Gain the foundational knowledge and basic science to start your training as a medical assistant. Review health care systems and settings, medical terminology, basic pharmacology, nutrition and psychology. Understand the critical role and responsibilities of a medical assistant and begin to speak the language of medical professionals. You’ll learn to safely deliver and provide education on medications, assist patients in reaching their nutrition goals, and develop interpersonal skills important to mental health care. Participate in hands-on pharmacology skills practice. Learn how to work with team members and manage challenging patient situations. Course includes an online component; internet access required.

Learn essential anatomy and physiology necessary for success in clinical patient care. Topics include in-depth body structures and organ systems, pathophysiology and disease processes, and microbiology. Learn how major body systems interact to maintain homeostasis and how abnormalities in these systems are reduced using proactive patient education, identified when present, and treated with the latest evidence-based practices. Delve into the fundamental molecules of life, microorganisms, pathogens and infection considerations. Practice hands-on eye and ear, OB/GYN and pediatric procedures. Continue to build the soft skills requested by employers. Course includes an online component; internet access required. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AHE-651

Prepare to care for patients in the clinical setting. Learn general patient care tasks, infection control standards, and test and laboratory procedures including phlebotomy, EKG and cardiovascular tests. Review patient care coordination and education activities, administrative assisting, communication and customer service, and medical law and ethics considerations. Practice hands-on urine collection and analysis, laboratory tests, phlebotomy and related testing, cardiac and respiratory procedures, clinical communication, infection control procedures, vital signs and body measurements, and minor surgical tasks. Complete your study of soft skills. Comprehensive exams will be given at the end of this course for certification preparation. Course includes an online component; internet access required. Prerequisites: Successful completion of AHE-651, AHE-652

Continue to build your skills caring for patients in the clinical setting and practice the same skills covered in Certified Clinical Medical Assistant–Part 3. Comprehensive exams will be given at the end of this course for certification preparation. Receive certifications in AHA Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support CPR. Course includes an online component; internet access required. Prerequisites: Successful completion of AHE-651, AHE-652, AHE-653

Clinical externship combining front and back medical office skills. Certified Clinical Medical Assistant students who have successfully completed Parts 1–4 of their training will have an opportunity to practice administrative and clinical skills in a clinical setting working with the staff, patients and families visiting the physician’s office for well and sick visits. Prerequisites: Successful completion of AHE-651, AHE-652, AHE-653, AHE-654

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant students who have successfully completed Parts 1–5 of the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant training continue and complete their clinical externship combining front and back medical office skills.  Students must register for Medical Assistant Clinical 1 and Medical Assistant Clinical II at the same time. Prerequisites: Successful completion of AHE-651, AHE-652, AHE-653, AHE-654, AHE-655

Additional Information & Program Requirements

Clinical requires documentation of MMR & Varicella immunizations, and a negative TB test or chest x-ray within last 12 months, and Hepatitis B immunity or waiver. Clinical sites may require criminal background checks & drug screenings at additional cost.

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Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Continuing Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

410-386-8100 | cet@carrollcc.edu

*Wages are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 

**Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses.