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Clinical Medical Assistant 03/21/18 - 6/15/18 (end date depends on completion of 150 hours of clinical training)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 10pm

Location:

HCC Collaboration Studio
1602 N. 15th Street
Tampa, FL 33605 Map

Who should attend?
  Anyone over the age of 18 with high school diploma or GED. 

Catalog Description:  Enter into the world of healthcare today by performing functions related to the physician's clinical responsibilities in the outpatient/private medical office.  Master the basic skill set of a medical assistant by learning methods of preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures and the technical aspects of phlebotomy and the use of the electrocardiograph (EKG) machine.  Gain hands on experience with critical procedures and concepts in phlebotomy, EKG, pharmacology, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. You will also complete an introduction to medical terminology, healthcare etiquette and healthcare customer service to stand apart from others in a competitive job market.

Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to take the CMA, Phlebotomy and EKG technician exams through National Healthcare Association (www.nhanow.com) receiving a total of 3 certifications! (Additional Phlebotomy, EKG, fees paid separately.)

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course?  Visit our Financial Assistance Page.

The following are included in the course fee:

  • 154 hours of combined classroom lectures, online self-study and simulation lab. 
  • 150 hours of clinical experience 
  • Scrubs
  • Textbook(s)
  • Background check
  • Finger printing
  • Drug screening
  • NHA Study Package and Exam fee for CMA (Phlebotomy and EKG separate)
  • BP Cuff and Stethoscope
  • EKG Calipers
  • BLS Certification

Course Requirements:                                                          

Please Note: This course includes a mandatory 150 clinical hours and 30 venipuncture sticks. Clinicals are typically held all-day at outpatient medical centers and/or private practices.  Access to transportation and a flexible schedule is needed.  Visit our Clinical Experience webpage for details and helpful hints.

Background Check- A level 2 background check will be conducted through Hillsborough Community College.  Students with felonies, especially those related to child or elder abuse are not allowed to participate in the clinical rotation.  A failed background check will result in removal from the program with no refund.  Person’s with criminal history may be able to obtain and exemption from the Agency for Health Care Administration to provide eligibility for employment in a healthcare setting.  Visit AHCA for more information. 

Drug Screening- Students are required to have a 5-panel drug screen completed at Tampa Occupational Health Service at 2919 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609.  If the urine screen is positive, the student will receive a call from the medical review officer to provide documentation of prescriptive medication.  If proper documentation cannot be provided, a second test must be completed at the student’s expense within 24 hours. The failed drug screen will result in removal from the program with no refund. 

Physical Exam/Immunizations
Students must get a medical physical exam including a TB skin test and must provide proof that all immunizations are up to date including:  Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, Hepatitis B, TDAP.  If the student has a medical issue that can affect their participation in the program, they should advise HCC immediately.  We do not recommend taking classes that include phlebotomy/specimen collection and if you are pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant due to exposure risk.  Your physician must complete and sign the Students Health and Immunization Certification Form.  If you do not have a primary physician, you can schedule an appointment at Tampa Occupational Health, (2919 Swann Ave, Suite 402, Tampa, FL 33609) to see Doctor Jean at the same location as your drug screening.  The fee is $35.00 for the physical and is not included in your registration fee.


Helpful hints:

  • Your High School should have your immunization records if you have graduated within the past 3 years.
  • Your primary care doctor may have copies of your immunizations.
  • Physicals and immunizations are free in many health insurance plans including Medicaid and may be completed with your primary care doctor.

Course Objectives:  

Upon successful completion of the course, each participant should be able to: 

  • Describe the function of the clinical medical assistant in a medical office
  • Use and understand medical terminology
  • Describe anatomy of each of the body systems to include the heart, conduction system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Discuss care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects and work ethics
  • Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Improve interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • Submit in prescriptions to various pharmacies
  • Follow confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Take accurate patient medical histories
  • Update patient medical files
  • Instruct patients on proper usage of medications
  • Take vital signs and properly document results
  • Perform phlebotomy including venipuncture and capillary sampling
  • Collect non-blood specimens and point of care testing
  • Perform 12 lead EKGs, EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)
  • Prepare and assist with medical examinations
  • Take blood pressure and body temperatures
  • Apply sterile dressings
  • Prepare patients for x-rays
  • Perform various injections
  • Perform peripheral IVs
  • Administer oral medications
  • Utilize aseptic technique and infection prevention
  • Assist with minor surgeries
  • Properly use and disposal of biohazards and sharps

Refunds, Cancellations & Substitutions 

Questions? Please call (813) 259-6010. We are happy to help you!