Successful graduates will learn to work in a clinical setting of a doctor’s office. Instructors teach current procedures for medical administration. Students will be exposed to our ‘in-house” medical clinics and labs which make our Externship an intense and valuable experience.
Employment Outlook: Medical Assistant, Medical Records Clerk, Medical Receptionist, Medical Biller, Claims Processor, Admitting Clerk, Clinical Lab Technician, Medical Laboratory Assistant, EKG Technician (upon receiving state certification), & Physician Office Lab Assistant.
Additional Information: Students obtain an M-1 visa by enrolling in this program.
- Monday – Friday (Except Holidays)
- 10-month program
- Certification Course
Module I: Vital Signs
In this module, students are introduced to the medical assistant career. History of Medicine, Universal Precautions, Anatomy, and Physiology are also discussed in Module I. Students learn how to interact with patients and the importance of taking accurate medical history and vital signs. They also practice and discuss laboratory procedures commonly performed in the physician office laboratory.
Module II: Phlebotomy
In Module II students learn to identify the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, male and female reproductive system and urinary system. Related diseases, disorders, and terminology are also discussed in Module II. Students learn electrical pathways of the heart muscle in preparation for connecting ECG leads and recording an electrocardiogram. Students also practice venipuncture and learn to identify the different color-coded tubes for routine diagnostic blood tests.
Module III: Managing Emergencies
Module I prepares students to recognize and respond to different emergency situations. Instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) enables the student to react to an emergency. In this module, the students are introduced to patient education on nutritional needs, basic food groups, weight control, and exercise.
Module IV: Injections
In this module, students learn basic anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular and neurosensory systems. Diseases, disorders, terminology, as well as procedures used to diagnose, are emphasized. Students also develop skills to prepare and administer intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular injections. Basic pharmacology and vaccines are also discussed.
Module V: Minor Surgery
In this module, students learn to identify the basic structural components, functions of the integument system, and the digestive system as well as, the procedure to diagnose diseases and disorders. Students are introduced to minor surgical procedures and learn to identify surgical instrument. The importance of verbal and non-verbal communication skills is emphasized to educate and better understanding the patients.
Module VI: Medical Office Management
Module VI is focused on the medical office management. Students are introduced to ethics and legal responsibilities of physicians and healthcare professionals with a great emphasis on confidentiality. Students develop computer skills in order to prepare written communication and insurance claims. They also become familiar with billing and medical coding ICD-9/o and CPT-4. Students also learn how to schedule appointments and effectively communicate on the telephone using proper etiquette. During the entire medical assistant program, the students become familiar with essential rules for medical terminology roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
Module VII: Externship
The externship program has been designed to provide the students with supervised practical work experience. An externship is for students who have completed classroom training and is required to qualify for graduation. Externship hours are generally scheduled for 40 hours a week.