The Clinical Medical Technician program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings. Medical technicians with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and phelebotomy. Job opportunities are prevalent with physician's offices, clinics, chiropractor's offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.
The purpose of the Clinical Medical Technician program is to prepare students to assist physicians and nurses by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office, included but not limited to phelobotomy and EKG duties. This program covers the following key areas and topics:
- - Process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis
- - All aspects of blood collection and related procedures
- - The order of draw
- - Universal precautions
- - Skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely
- - Terminology and related anatomy and physiology
- - Clinical responsibilities of the medical office - assisting the physician with patient related care
- - Preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine procedures and diagnostic testing
- - HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of healthcare and regulatory patient care issues
- - Recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressure, and other patient care items related to the physician office visit
- - Review and administration of medications, allergies and other pharmacology related items
- - Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy and the proper techniques required to collect specimens for laboratory analysis
- - Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12 lead EKG
- - Detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart
- - Medical disease processes and terminology
- - Medical ethics and legal aspects of patient contact
- - Electrocardiography and echocardiography
- - An introduction to the components, function, and proper use of the EKG machine
- - The normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement
- - 12-lead placement and other practices
- Responsibilities of the clinical medical technician and introduction to healthcare facilities
- Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
- Care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects of care, confidentiality and HIPAA
- Effective verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal skills and human behavior
- Aseptic techniques, infection prevention, universal precautions, proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps
- Documenting patient medical histories, updating patient medical files, vital signs and documentation
- Appling sterile dressings, preparing patients for x-rays, performing various injections, administering oral medications, instructing patients on the proper usage of medications
- Phlebotomy, venipunctures and capillary sampling, collecting specimens and point of care testing
- Performing 12 lead EKGs and EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)
- Role of the EKG technician
- Function of the EKG department in a variety of settings (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service)
- Medical terminology related to electrocardiography
- Care and safety of patients including medical and legal aspects of patient care
- Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system
- Electrophysiology, the conduction system of the heart, and the cardiac cycle
- Circulation of blood through the heart and vessels
- Lead placement for 12-lead electrocardiography
- Basic EKG interpretation of normal rhythms and arrhythmias
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Education and Certification
- Clinical Medical Assistants should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
- Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified EKG Technician (CET), and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) national certification examination
- In addition to facilitating entry-level clinical medical technician and assisting related positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future Nursing (LPN) or a Nursing (RN) program.
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