Clinical Medical Assistant
Certificate Program 62 Quarter-credits
The Clinical Medical Assistant program focuses on the clinical skills needed to assist physicians and nurses in physician offices and other healthcare settings. Students learn patient vital signs, standard examinations, phlebotomy/hematology techniques, laboratory procedures, 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG), basic pharmacology and the ethics of patient care. Students also learn typical office administration including reception, patient scheduling, filling and record-keeping, customer service, and an introduction to electronic health records management.
Graduates receive a Certificate as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. Students completing this program are eligible to enroll in the Swedish Institute Clinical and Medical Assistant degree program.
Graduates typically work as medical assistants or medical office assistants in single or multi-physician practices, outpatient centers and hospitals.
Graduates will be able to.
- Apply knowledge of bioscience, clinical procedures, diagnostic techniques and typical office administration to the entry-level practice of clinical medical assisting in a variety of healthcare settings;
- Practice within legal, ethical and professional standards as defined governing bodies for professional practice;
- Understand and respect principles of privacy and patient rights in medical records,
- Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with physicians, nurses, the healthcare team, patients and their families;
- Apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills in decision-making situations;
- Promote wellness practices and a healthy lifestyle for patients and engage in effective self-care to promote health and career longevity.