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The Clinical Medical Assistant certificate is a Career Technical Education (CTE) program that includes competency based training to prepare to assist the physician in the medical back office or clinic. Students are taught and demonstrate skills including: electrocardiography (ECG), specimen collection, venipuncture, capillary puncture, medication administration, injections, medical, surgical asepsis, preparing and assisting with minor office surgery and physical examination procedures. Students practice documentation ensuring accurate data collection, quality results and regulatory compliance. Several courses are shared with additional Several courses are shared with health science and may apply towards earning the Associate Degree in Health Science.

Students complete 160 hours of supervised directed practice in the back office of a medical office or clinic. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Proof of medical malpractice insurance, current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification, health clearance, background check and drug screening are required prior to the clinical externship, MA 217B. Letter grade only.

Program completion meets California Certifying Board for Medical Assistant certification examination requirements (CCBMA).

Clinical experience (MA 217B) must be taken the session immediately following MA 212B and MA 214B due to patient safety requirements. Students should take, MA 211B, MA 213B prior to taking MA 212B and MA 214B.

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