The current demand in Texas for healthcare professionals is high and as the population ages, the need for certified medical assistants will grow even larger. CCI Training Center’s Medical Assistant training program is your first step to a highly in-demand, rewarding, and stable career in the Allied Health field.

Despite what you may think, a traditional four-year degree isn’t required to have a fulfilling career in healthcare. You can be well on your way to helping people live happier, healthier lives by completing courses that will prepare you to take the medical assistant certification exams in as little as 8 months.

CCI’s campuses in Dallas and Arlington specialize in medical assisting and our faculty is ready to help you achieve success!

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Medical Assistant Program – Online & In-person

Special Statement Regarding COVID-19 Scheduling: Due to COVID-19, CCI Training Center has adjusted our programs to accommodate the needs of students. Currently, the Medical Assistant Program is available online only. Once governing authorities deem it safe, students may return to on-campus instruction for lectures and lab.

Students attending medical assistant school in Dallas & Arlington, TexasStudents of CCI Training Center’s Medical Assistant school attend both in-person and online classes. Blended coursework consisting of campus lectures and labs as well as online course material provides the best of both approaches in preparing you for a new career.

The program is designed to allow students to take care of bookwork at their own pace. In-person classes that are typically held once or twice per week, have a dual-purpose:

  • To give students an opportunity to see how to perform care skills and procedures in a classroom setting
  • Serve to fulfill state clinical requirements for completion of the medical assistant certification program

Instructors at CCI Training Center know that even the best classroom preparation may leave students feeling uncertain about getting employment after passing the final certification examination. So to better prepare students for success, CCI requires that all Medical Assistant training program candidates participate in an externship to graduate.

The externship gives students the opportunity to work side-by-side with other health care professionals, including Medical Assistants, Nurses, and Physician’s Assistants. This hands-on experience in the healthcare field is invaluable in easing student’s transition to full-time employment as a Certified Medical Assistant. As an added benefit, some students may be offered a permanent position with the medical facility after the completion of a successful externship.

An In-Depth Look at the Medical Assistant Program

The Medical Assistant Program at CCI Training Center sets students up for success in the healthcare industry – providing a supportive role to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in the clinical setting.

In order to be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam, students will need to complete a full series of courses. CCMAs may work in a variety of care settings, ranging from the private practice of a local physician to the most modern hospitals. No matter the care setting, a Medical Assistant CCMA program candidate must complete courses to fulfill basic requirements and also prove competency in areas such as:

  • Computer Fundamentals. Provides 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.
  • Communication. Medical Assistants must learn to communicate clearly and accurately. In health care, grammar and spelling mistakes detract from the perception of the profession.
  • Attention to Detail & Care Quality. Allied health professionals are expected to take extra care in every detail. For example, slight variations in spelling can have a significant impact on standards of care. Medication names may be similar and have one or two letters different, like Clonidine, used to treat high blood pressure, and Klonipin for anxiety. Failure to check and correct spelling can have unintended, catastrophic consequences.
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Courses Included in the Medical Assistant Program:

  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Allied Health Math
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Medical Terminology I
  • Medical Law, Ethics & Professionalism
  • Externship
  • Phlebotomy
  • CPR
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Clinical Procedures and Lab I
  • Clinical Procedures and Lab II
  • Nutrition & Weight Management
  • EKG – Introduction
  • Career Development

 

Where do Medical Assistants Work?

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, Medical Assistants will be called on to undertake both clerical and clinical tasks in their place.

Medical Assistants fulfill many vital positions in health care, including:

Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Serves in a clinical role to support nurses and physicians

Administrative Medical Assistant

Performs medical office tasks, such as scheduling appointments, completing histories and physicals, and submitting claims to insurance companies.

Specialized Medical Assistant

Takes the general role of a CCMA further by working in a Specialist Physician’s office focusing on a specific condition or issue. In a day surgery environment, a Medical Assistant is likely to assist with pre-surgery preparation and post-operation room surgery setups.

Phlebotomy Technician

Work in a laboratory setting drawing blood and collecting specimens.

Laboratory Technician

May clean equipment, submit samples to laboratory scientists for additional testing, prepare reports, etc.

Blood Donor Phlebotomist

A sub-position of the lab-based roles, this Phlebotomist works in blood-donor facilities, establishing venous access and monitoring blood donors while the specimen is collected.

Clinical Coordinator

Performs office functions to manage the schedules of employees and patients.

EKG/ECG Technician

Focused on cardiovascular health.

Chiropractic Assistant

Works under a Chiropractor, performing clerical duties and teaching patients therapeutic exercises to promote healing.

Ophthalmic Assistant

Works in an Optometrist’s or Ophthalmologist’s office conducting basic eye exams and preparing patients for surgical procedures.

 

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for Medical Assistants is expected to increase by 23%, with an estimated 730,200 Medical Assistants to be employed by 2024. This growth rate is much faster than the average for all other occupations and is even higher than that of Health Information Technicians.

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. The Medical Assistant Program at CCI offers well-rounded coursework that prepares you for a rewarding healthcare career.

Along with the theoretical knowledge you need to pass certification exams, CCI Training provides the practical experience you need to put your medical assisting knowledge into practice. You will:

  • Get hands-on training in our simulated clinical lab environment
  • Gain experience working with local medical employers in your externship
  • Build a network of industry professionals and peers

Our staff and instructors will help you write your resume for the first time, review an existing resume, and provide a wealth of job search resources. As graduation and certification exam day approaches, you will also go through mock medical assistant interviews. This professional development assistance is offered so that you feel confident going into the interview process.

Even after you have completed your studies and received a job offer, CCI Training Center provides job support skills training to help you successfully transition into your new career.

As you grow into your career as a medical assistant, we welcome you back to continue your education – obtaining additional certifications as you progress will drive your career onward. And at any time, should you need it, we’ll happily provide you with employment assistance as well.

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