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Become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Clinical medical assistants are skilled multi-taskers who help to maximize the productivity of the healthcare team. Medical assistants enable a healthcare facility to operate more efficiently, which increases revenue and provides a positive experience for patients.

In this course, you will learn medical terminology, medical law and ethics, HIPAA rules, scheduling systems, patient check-in and check-out, contents of a medical record, anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition, phlebotomy theory, injections, and routine treatment and laboratory duties.

You will be also able to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). This course includes a voucher which covers the fee of the exam. However, please research your state's requirements by visiting your state's Medical Board site prior to enrolling to ensure this course is the right fit for you. Please note, this course does not qualify students to work as Medical Assistants in Washington state. Upon completion of the course, you will also have the opportunity to gain access to our Externship Starter Kit.

Disclaimer: To qualify for the externship applications process, students must successfully complete the online course content and have account balances up to date (at a minimum). Going through the externship application process does not guarantee an externship. COVID may be affecting the externship process or site availability in your area. Students can begin researching the steps of the application process 2 weeks prior to completing courses.

What you will learn:

You will learn the necessary skills to function as a vital member of the healthcare team in an ambulatory setting. The course will emphasize ethical behavior, therapeutic communication, protecting the privacy of patient information, the importance of a first impression, maintaining a safe office environment, medical terminology, and clinical procedures.

How you will benefit:

  • Assistance from our Externship Coordinator and access to our Externship Starter Kit
  • Summarize the HIPAA Privacy Rule and HIPAA Security Rule
  • Demonstrate basic medical terminology knowledge
  • Discuss government and private insurances
  • Identify the functions of the major body systems
  • Demonstrate how to write a chief complaint and obtain a patient history
  • Discuss the importance of medical and surgical asepsis
  • Explain the information contained in different types of medical records.
  • Identify the three methods used to perform venipuncture

To apply to the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) program at CSU Bakersfield, in partnership with Ed2Go, complete the following steps:

  • Navigate to the CSUB/Ed2go website
  • Click the ENROLL ONLINE button
  • Continue to CHECKOUT
  • Fill in required fields
  • Complete payment information or make payment arrangements

Need help enrolling? Call (855) 520-6806

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Meet one of the following requirements:

    • High school diploma

    • General Education Development (GED) Certificate

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Program costs $2,645.

We understand that one of the biggest concerns tied to furthering your education is how to pay for it. To help, CSU Bakersfield and Ed2Go offer low tuition prices that provide big payoffs. We've also designed multiple tuition payment plans, allowing you to choose the funding option that best fits your needs.
 

We currently offer:

  • A discount when you choose to pay your tuition in a single payment
  • An interest-free, 3-month payment plan
  • A low interest, 12-month payment plan
     

For more information on tuition and funding options, please contact us at (855) 520-6806.

Note: Program is not eligible for FAFSA-based financial aid.

Outline:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Medical Terminology
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
  • The Integumentary System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Becoming a Medical Assistant
  • Qualities of a Medical Assistant
  • Job Duties
  • Certification
  • Scope of Practice
  • Ambulatory Healthcare Settings
  • The Healthcare Team
  • Managing Stress and Improving Communication
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Types of Communication
  • Barriers to Effective Communication
  • Patient Interview Techniques
  • The Stages of Grief
  • Law, Ethics and Healthcare
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Informed Consent
  • Advance Directives
  • Ethical Guidelines for Healthcare Providers
  • Medical Identify Theft
  • Improving Your Medical Office
  • The Reception Area
  • The Medical Receptionist
  • Safety Issues
  • Opening and Closing the Facility
  • Computers in the Ambulatory Care Setting
  • Use of Computers in the Medical Office
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  • Safeguarding Protected Health Information (PHI)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Health (mHealth)
  • Telecommunications and Patient Scheduling
  • Telephone Techniques
  • Faxing
  • Emails
  • Patient Portal
  • Patient Scheduling Methods
  • Cancellations and No Shows
  • Dealing with Irate Patients
  • Enhancing the Patient Experience
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • First Impressions
  • Patient Kiosk
  • Practice Website
  • Concierge Medicine
  • Telemedicine
  • Managing Medical Records
  • Purposes of Medical Records
  • Electronic, Paper and Hybrid Medical Records
  • Categories of Medical Records
  • Flow Sheets
  • SOAP Notes
  • Filing Paper Records
  • Release of Information (ROI)
  • Personal Health Record (PHR)
  • Written Communication
  • Components of a Business Letter
  • Proofreading
  • Meeting Agendas
  • Business Emails
  • Working with Medical Documents
  • Purposes of Medical Records
  • Types of Medical Records:
  • Chart Notes
  • History & Physicals (H&Ps)
  • Operative Reports
  • Consultations
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Radiology and Imaging Reports
  • Pathology Reports
  • Procedure Reports
  • Laboratory Reports
  • Medical Transcriptionist/Medical Scribe
  • Electronic Signatures
  • Medical Billing and Overview Coding: An Overview
  • Health Insurance Terms
  • Private and Government-Sponsored Insurers
  • Code Sets: ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, HCPCS Level II
  • CMS-1500 and UB-04
  • Electronic Claims
  • Pre-authorizations
  • Medical Necessity
  • Explanation of Benefits (EOBs)
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN)
  • Daily Financial Practices
  • Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable
  • Provider Fees
  • Improving Patient Payments
  • Claims Denial Strategies
  • Practice Management Software
  • Managing Patient Accounts
  • Petty Cash
  • The Administrative Medical Assistant as Office Manager
  • Qualities of an Office Manager
  • Job Duties
  • Policy & Procedure Manual
  • Staff Meetings
  • Physician Credentialing
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)
  • Practice Websites
  • Major Body Systems
  • Integumentary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Circulatory System
  • Lymphatic System
  • Immune System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Nervous System
  • Endocrine System
  • Special Senses
  • Reproductive System
  • Pathophysiology
  • Skin Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Digestive System Disorders
  • Respiratory System Disorders
  • Circulatory System Disorders
  • Urinary System Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal System Disorders
  • Eye and Ear Disorders
  • Lymphatic and Immune System Disorders
  • Reproductive System Disorders
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Uses of Drugs
  • Drug Regulations
  • Controlled Substances
  • Drug Classifications
  • Drug Actions
  • Common Abbreviations
  • Routes of Administration
  • Drug Names
  • Drug Formularies
  • Dose Calculations
  • Nutrition and Special Diets
  • Importance of Nutrition
  • Types of Nutrients
  • Healthy Diets
  • Therapeutic Diets
  • The Chief Complaint and Patient History
  • Preparing for the Patient
  • Chief Complaint
  • Medical History
  • Approaching Sensitive Topics
  • Charting
  • Recording Vital Signs
  • Temperature
  • Blood Pressure
  • Pulse
  • Respiration
  • Height and Weight
  • Body Mass Index
  • The Physical Examination
  • Methods of Examination
  • Examination Positions
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Preparing the Patient
  • Order of the Examination
  • After the Examination
  • Specialty Exams and Procedures
  • Prenatal Examination
  • Gynecology Examination
  • Pediatric Examination
  • Geriatric Examination
  • Visual Acuity Testing
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Ear Irrigation
  • Medical Asepsis and Infection Control
  • Medical Asepsis
  • Microorganisms
  • Infection Cycle
  • Transmission-Based Precautions
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Other Potentially-Infectious Materials
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Needlestick Injuries
  • Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control
  • Surgical Asepsis and Sterilization Techniques
  • Surgical Asepsis
  • Methods of Sterilization
  • Sterile Field
  • Preoperative Procedures
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Cutting and Dissecting Instruments
  • Grasping and Clamping Instruments
  • Dilators, Scopes, and Probes
  • Retracting and Exposing Instruments
  • Care of Surgical Instruments
  • Chemical Cautery
  • Electrosurgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Assisting with Minor Office Surgeries
  • Informed Consent
  • Patient Preparation
  • Preoperative Skin Cleansing
  • Postoperative Instructions
  • Wound Care
  • Suture and Staple Removal
  • Applying a Sterile Dressing
  • Introduction to the Medical Laboratory
  • Purposes of Laboratory Testing
  • Types of Clinical Laboratories
  • Laboratory Departments
  • CLIA
  • Laboratory Requisitions
  • Laboratory Reports
  • Urinalysis
  • Basic Microbiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Introduction to Phlebotomy
  • Composition of Blood
  • Supplies
  • Order of Draw
  • Venipuncture Methods
  • Venipuncture Sites
  • Specimen Identification
  • Capillary Puncture
  • Quality Assurance
  • Basic Hematology
  • Red Blood Cells
  • White Blood Cells
  • Platelets
  • Coagulation Studies
  • Blood Count Tests
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Electrical Conduction System of the Heart
  • Cardiac Cycle
  • Normal Sinus Rhythm
  • Arrhythmias
  • 12-Lead ECG
  • Multichannel ECG
  • Waveform Components
  • Common Artifacts
  • Electrophysiology
  • Holter monitor
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • Administering Noninjectable Medications
  • Medication Order
  • Six Rights of Medication Safety
  • Medication Label
  • Administration of Oral Medications
  • Administration of Inhaled Medications
  • Medication Errors
  • Basic Guidelines for Administration of Injections
  • Intradermal Injections
  • Subcutaneous Injections
  • Intramuscular Injections
  • Syringes
  • Needles
  • Withdrawing Medication from a Vial or Ampule
  • Tuberculin Skin Test
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • X-Rays
  • Ultrasonography
  • CT Scans
  • MRI Scans
  • Nuclear Medicine Scans
  • Rehabilitation and Treatment Modalities
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Proper Body Mechanics
  • Care for a Falling Patient
  • Wheelchair Safety
  • Transfer Techniques
  • First Aid Techniques
  • Types of Wounds
  • Burns
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Choking
  • Syncope
  • Poisoning
  • Emergencies in the Medical Office
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Asthma
  • Shock
  • Seizures
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Crash Cart

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) program is completely online and provided by our partner, Ed2go. Once you are registered with Ed2go, your password and access information will be emailed to you. Through the Ed2Go portal you will have access to:

  • Readings
  • Homework assignments
  • Quizzes / tests
  • Technical support
  • Discussion boards
  • One-on-one help from instructors
  • Additional resources

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