Students have both campus lectures and labs as well as online course material. This blended method of delivery provides the best of both approaches in preparing you for a new career. At CCI Training Center, students of the Medical Assisting program attend both in-person and online classes.
This blended coursework is designed to let students take care of the bookwork at their own pace. The in-person classes, which are typically held once or twice per week, depending on the class, have a dual-purpose.
They give students an opportunity to see how to perform care skills and procedures in the classroom setting. In addition, these also in-person courses serve to fulfill state clinical requirements for completing a technical health care program.
The instructors at CCI Training Institute know that even the best preparation in classroom may leave students feeling uncertain about getting employment after passing the final certification examination. As a result, all students in the Medical Assistant program complete a final class in the form of an externship. Essentially, students enter the word and work side-by-side with other health care professionals, including Medical Assistants, Nurses, Physician’s Assistants and more.
The hands-on training of an externship is an invaluable resource and prepares students to make the transition into full-time employment as a Medical Assistant easier. Depending on where the externship is completed, students may go on to become full-time staff members at these facilities since they already have the proverbial foot in the door.Apply or Request More Information
Students in the Medical Assisting Program at CCI Training Center complete a full series of courses to sit for the examination to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). A CCMA is an allied health professional providing a supportive role to physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in the clinical setting.
As we’ll discuss under “Workplaces,” the CCMA may work in a variety of care settings, ranging from the private practice of a local physician to the most grand of hospitals. Such variety requires students to complete courses to fulfill basic CCMA duties regardless of the care setting.
Courses in the program include Computer Fundamentals, providing students a basic understanding of the role of technology and computer-charting in health care. Students gain the skills necessary to prepare reports and communicate with other health care professionals. In fact, the role of communication is so important that a second class—Office Communication—is devoted entirely to the importance of verbal and written communication. In health care, grammar and spelling mistakes detract from the perception of the profession.
Did you catch that? “Profession” may not seem like a major issue, but it simply looks unfinished and indicates that the person writing the text did not have the time to correct it before sending it in. So, CCI Training Institute wants to make sure you have an understanding and grasp of how to communicate thoroughly and concisely. Of course, slight variations in spelling can have a significant impact on standards of care.
For example, medication names may be similar and have one or two letters different, such as Clonidine and Klonipin, yet they have different purposes. Clonidine is used to treat high blood pressure, and Klonopin is used to treat anxiety. Failure to check the spelling and medication could result in giving the patient the wrong medication.
Additional courses in the program include Allied Health Math; Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Terminology, Basic Pharmacology, Phlebotomy and more.Apply or Request More Information
Positions you will be able to apply for include:
There are currently 623,560 Medical Assistants employed in the US, 57,960 of which are based in Texas. As physicians seek to devote more time to diagnosis and treatment of their patients, more Certified Medical Assistants will be required to undertake both clerical and clinical tasks in their place.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for Certified Medical Assistants is tipped to increase by 23%, with an estimated 730,200 Medical Assistants to be employed by 2024; this is an increase from 591,300 in 2014. This growth rate is much faster than the average for all other occupations and is even higher than that for Health Information Technicians.
With the great deal of jobs available in Texas, as well as countrywide, employers will be thrilled to see applicants with certification. Certified Medical Assistants will require significantly less training than applicants who are not already certified.Apply or Request More Information
Medical Assistants fulfill many vital positions in health care. These include the CCMA, serving in a clinical role to support nurses and physicians. They may also work as an Administrative Medical Assistant, performing office tasks, such as scheduling appointments, completing histories and physicals, and submitting claims to insurance companies.
Specialized Medical Assistants take the general role of a CCMA further, working in a specialist’s office. A specialist is a physician that goes to school for an additional period of study to focus on a specific condition or issue.
For example, a Cardiologist is a specialist of the heart and cardiovascular system. To the Medical Assistant, this means understanding more about the functions of the heart, how to recognize potential symptoms of heart problems and more. Medical Assistants may secure a position in a day surgery environment. Here a Medical Assistant is likely to assist with preparations before the surgery and post-operation room surgery setups.
Assistants that complete the program may also choose to become a Phlebotomy Technician or a Laboratory Assistant. Although these positions fulfill different needs, they share a commonality. Both work in a laboratory setting in some form. However, the Phlebotomy Technician is more focused on the work of drawing blood and collecting specimens. Meanwhile, the Laboratory Technician may clean equipment, submit samples to Laboratory Scientists for additional testing, prepare reports and more. In smaller facilities, the duties of these positions may be combined, so Medical Assistants can tackle both roles at once.
A sub-position of the lab-based roles is the Blood Donor Phlebotomist. This Phlebotomist works in blood-donor facilities, establishing venous access and monitoring blood donors while the machine collects the specimen. Blood is always in demand, and Medical Assistants that tackle this position will definitely make a difference and save lives.
Other potential positions include Clinical Coordinators, performing office functions to manage the schedules of employees and patients. The EKG Technician may be used in any health care facility, especially those focused on cardiovascular health.
Chiropractic Assistants work under a Chiropractor, performing clerical duties, teach patients how to perform exercises to promote healing and more.
Ophthalmic Assistants take the role of Medical Assistant into the Optometrist’s or Ophthalmologist’s office. There’s much more than meets the eye when caring for the eyes, so Medical Assistants can provide a wealth of support in this position. They may serve in administrative purposes, begin basic eye exams, prepare patients for surgical procedures and more.Apply or Request More Information
CCI Training Center is a vocational college dedicated to supporting working adults who want to transition from working a job to support themselves and their families to embarking on a fulfilling and worthwhile career. You will come out of your time at CCI Training Center well-rounded and ready for a career as a medical assistant.
Along with the theoretical knowledge you need to pass certification exams, CCI Training provides the practical experience you need to put the medical assisting knowledge we give you into practice.
Our staff and instructors will help you review your resume or even help you to write a resume for the first time. Once you are getting closer to graduation and sitting for your certification exams, you will go through mock medical assistant interviews. There will be professional development offered so that you will feel confident going into the interview process.
Even after you have completed your studies, CCI Training Center offers you job support skills training post-employment. We will make sure to provide you with on the job consultation so as to make sure you adjust to your new career well.
Once certified, and as you grow into your career as a certified medical assistant, we will always welcome you back for any further certifications you should require to drive your career onward. At any time, should you need it, we’ll happily provide you with employment assistance as well.Apply or Request More Information
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