Clinical Medical Assistant

The Clinical Medical Assistant Program is designed to prepare the student to work in the clinical setting of the physician’s office, walk-in clinic, podiatrist, chiropractor, or other healthcare facilities. The students will be prepared to handle the back office, assisting the physician, and will encompass all aspects of the clinical office. The Clinical Medical Assistant course is designed to enhance and complement and to ensure the highest quality of care to patients and efficiency in the operation of the physician’s office.

Clinical Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, 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. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators

Clinical Medical Assistants have various duties, depending on state law. Some common tasks include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. As directed by a physician, they might instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications, authorize drug refills, send in telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings. Medical assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean. Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2028, much faster than the average.


At the completion of this course, the student will be able to perform, but are not limited to: 

  • All Vital Signs with Recognition of Abnormalities Describe, Clean & Dress Wounds              
  • CPR Set Up and Assist with Minor Office Surgeries
  • First Aid Perform EKGs of Patients
  • Patient Assessment Laboratory Collection and Requisition
  • Patient History Patient Education
  • Proper Healthcare Documentation Understand Medications According to Classification/Administer Medications
  • Recognize Medical Emergencies      Under the Auspices of an M.D.
  • Infection Control and Standard Precautions Hearing and Visual Acuity Exams
  • HIPAA Compliance Aseptic and Sterile Techniques
  • Sterilization and Disinfection Procedures Medical Terminology with Proper Spelling, Abbreviations and Symbols
  • Venipuncture Proper Communication Techniques Regarding Patients
  • OSHA & CLIA Guidelines Professionalism in the Workplace
  • Resume Building/ Interview Techniques

Length of Program

Successful classroom academics of 400 hours will be followed by a clinical period of no less than 220 hours, which will be evaluated by the physician and/or responsible person at the clinical site.  Day classroom hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday – Friday for a total of 22 weeks including externship, evening program hours are from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a total of 40 weeks including externship.  Extern hours will vary with each individual office, also extern hours are full-time and only to be completed during the daytime hours. Students will not be allowed to attend externships until all academics are successfully completed and all fees are paid in full, or a payment plan has been established and signed.

Tuition for The Clinical Medical Assistant Program is $8,423.00; additional fees included.

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Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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