Medical Assistant Program
(Dallas & Arlington, Texas)
The current demand for certified medical assistants is so high, many organizations in Texas struggle to find enough employees. This demand is only expected to grow as the population continues to age.
Anyone who is looking to make a career change and has a strong desire to help people should consider becoming a Certified Medical Assistant. When you enroll in CCI Training Center’s Certified Medical Assistant program in Dallas and Arlington, you are making the first step to a satisfying, stable career.
With the variety of careers available, a traditional four-year degree isn’t required to have a fulfilling career in healthcare. At CCI, you can complete the courses that will prepare you to take the certification exams to become a Certified Medical Assistant in as little as 8 months.
Certified Medical Assistant Course Logistics
CCI Training Center’s Medical Assistant program can fast-track your career as a Certified Medical Assistant. Our courses are typically just four days a week, with the option of completing part of your training online. You will be required to attend class on campus two days a week for hands-on practice and labs. We offer day and evening classes, so you’re sure to find something that will accommodate your schedule.
In order to prepare for CCMA certification through the National Healthcareer Association, you’ll be required to complete 662 class hours and 120 externship hours (782 hours total). An externship refers to the hands-on training received in an actual workplace environment.
Most of our students complete these courses in under 40 weeks. When you’ve completed your coursework, you will sit for two certifications exams here on campus:
Medical Assisting — CCMA - Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
Allied health professional that supports the work of physicians and other health professionals, usually in a clinic setting
Phlebotomy CPT Certified Phlebotomy Technician
Utilizing specialized equipment, phlebotomists take blood and collect samples for diagnostic purposes
An In-Depth Look at the Certified Medical
Career training at CCI will prepare you for certification and employment as a Certified Medical Assistant. Our instructors are industry professionals who bring current and relevant real-world experience into the classroom. Our Career Services department continuously develops and maintains relationships with the organizations who hire our graduates. They will also equip you with the skills you need to acquire and maintain gainful employment.
Now that you know exactly how CCI Training Center will figure in your day to day life, let’s take an in-depth look at what you’ll be learning while you’re here. Below are course descriptions for every course you will take to become a Certified Medical Assistant.
This course is an introduction to the use of the computer in business. Students will write letters, create forms, and format documents in Microsoft Word. This course will also include creating and formatting spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel. Included in the course will be printing documents, performing basic research on the Internet and effectively using the tools available in Microsoft Internet Explorer.
This course is designed for students to develop and practice communication skills in the workplace. Listening and reading comprehension will also be addressed. This course will also emphasize the meaning and importance of writing coherently, concisely, and with purpose using correct grammar and acceptable writing techniques.
Allied Health Math:
This course includes the fundamentals of math skills essential to the health care professional. The students will refresh, learn and practice basic math skills including consumer mathematics, decimals, percentages, fractions and the metric system.
Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism:
Federal and state health care legislation and regulations and specific attention is placed on the HIPAA legislation, maintaining confidentiality, documenting accurately, using appropriate guidelines when releasing information and complying with established risk management and safety procedures.
Anatomy & Physiology:
This course covers anatomy and physiology, pathological conditions, and diagnostic treatments and procedures. Terms relating to each body system and medical specialty are included. The students will learn detailed descriptions and explanations of the structures, functions, and interrelated processes of the human body. The students will learn to relate each of these items to specific medical procedures.
This course covers word building rules, prefixes, suffixes and whole body terminology. Students will learn terms covering anatomy and physiology pathological conditions and diagnostic treatments and procedures. Terms relating to each body system and medical specialty are included.
This course provides an introduction to the study of pharmaceutical therapy or pharmacotherapy. Students will learn the sources of drugs, generic and brand names, drug administration, and interactions.
Clinical Procedures and Lab:
This course is designed to prepare students to perform first aid, take vital signs, perform basic clinical therapies, set up an exam room, complete documentation, distribute medication, and perform minor surgical procedures and injections.
The course is designed to train students to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions including vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture specimen collection on adults, children, and infants.
Students will have hands on training in specimen handling, processing, and accessioning as well as practicing infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Students will learn the theory and principles of CLIA waived laboratory tests and perform the tests in a laboratory setting.
Medical Office Procedures:
This course provides students with the various skills used in the front and back office, including updating medical records, scheduling, charting, and billing within the managed care model.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of nutrition, dietary guidelines, nutrition concepts and terms, food labels, roles of dietary supplements, and the connection between nutrition and health.
Weight Management and Wellness:
This course introduces students to the importance of weight management and a healthy lifestyle, principles of exercise for fitness, stress management, improving flexibility, weight control, and steps in preventing diseases.
Students will be trained in CPR and Basic Life Safety using the American Heart Association guidelines. Students will practice CPR techniques as well as techniques to assist choking victims.
Students will learn: resume writing, interviewing, networking, effective communication, managing time effectively, prioritizing multiple tasks, effective job search methods and the use of internet based websites in the job search. One on one mock interviews will be conducted.
This course provides an introduction to the EKG machine, including its function, controls, and operation as well as the location of the sensors.
Upon successful completion of the other courses, students participate in an Externship at an approved medical facility. This enables students to work in the medical environment and apply the principles learned in the classroom. Externs work under the direct supervision of qualified personnel.
Job Prospects Available for Certified Medical Assistants
Positions you will be able to apply for include:
- Clinical Medical Assistant
- Administrative Medical Assistant
- Specialized Medical Assistant
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Laboratory Assistant
- Blood Donor Phlebotomist
- Clinical Coordinator
- EKG/ECG Technician
- Medical Scribe
- Chiropractic Assistant
- Ophthalmic Assistant
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.
Where Certified Medical Assistants Work
There are many different places that certified medical assistants can gain employment. Many times it will be in a doctor’s office, but there are many other places that you might not immediately think of who also employ certified medical assistants.
- Hospitals (MAs may work here as an EKG tech or phlebotomist)
- VA offices
- Nursing homes (MAs may work her as a phlebotomist)
- Long-term care facilities (MAs may work here as a phlebotomist)
- Rehab facilities (MAs may work here as a phlebotomist)
- Outpatient surgery centers
Medical Assistants mainly work in ambulatory settings. When they work in hospitals and inpatient settings; it is usually in the capacity of a phlebotomist.
- Diagnostic Facilities
- Clinical Laboratories
- Specialty Clinics
With such varied places of employment, if you are so inclined to work closely with patients, and have a great desire to give patients the compassion and care they need, then you will definitely be able to find a place to work that suits you.
What CCI Training Center Can Do For You
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.
- Hands-on training in our simulated clinical lab environment
- Externships with local employers to provide additional experience
- Build a network of industry professionals and peers
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.
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.
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