Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
HTI’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant module is a four-month, non-credit certification preparation module that prepares students for entry-level placement opportunities as clinical medical assistants in physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. The module focuses on the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to work in a medical practice’s “back office.”
Students will learn about anatomy and physiology, basic clinical procedures, clinical specialties, advanced clinical procedures, diagnostic tests and procedures, and phlebotomy basics. At the end of the instruction period, students are required to complete a 160-hour / 4-week internship at a medical office, clinic, or hospital.
Upon successful completion of internship requirements, students will receive a Certificate of Completion in Clinical Medical Assisting allowing them to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam verified by the National Healthcare Association.
What is the role of a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant?
Clinical Medical Assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by a physician.
Common Clinical Medical Assistant duties include:
- Performing CLIA-waived laboratory procedures
- Dispose of biohazardous materials as dictated by OSHA
- Obtaining patient vital signs using manual or electronic devices
- Assisting healthcare providers during clinical procedures
- Administer parenteral medications
- Document medical information using approved medical terminology
- Adhere to HIPAA regarding Protected Health Information (PHI)
- Maintain patient medical records manually or electronically
- Perform basic diagnostic or procedural coding
- Address patient concerns according to the Patient’s Bill of Rights
- Perform Phlebotomy tasks and EKG monitoring
http://www.medicalassistants.net/salary reports medical assistants in Hawai`i commanding between $24,180 to $46,150 annually translating to an hourly range of $11.62 to $22.19 per hour. (2012)
The U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that the middle 50% of clinical medical assistants earn between $21,540 to $42,760 a year. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm
The Allied Health Careers Project is a project of the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program sponsored by ALU LIKE, Inc. and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.