A Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) works in a healthcare facility and provides services necessary to support physicians and nurses with a variety of administrative and medical tasks to keep the facility running smoothly. Typical job responsibilities of a CCMA include preparing treatment rooms, recording medical information, scheduling appointments, conducting patient interviews, taking vital signs, collecting specimens and administering medication under physician supervision. As the demand for medical services continues to grow, more and more physicians employ medical assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, enabling these physicians to see more patients and grow their practices. As a result, the number of employment opportunities for medical assistants is expected to grow by 29% over the next 10 years.
CCMA training through the Northeast Resiliency Consortium familiarized students with the structure and function of the human body, as well as common diseases and disorders. Students learned skills such as taking vital signs, prepping patients, obtaining medical histories and providing first-aid care. Courses helped students understand how to maintain a sterile environment, collect specimens, conduct simple tests and use electronic records in a medical practice. The training also covered the Patient’s Bill of Rights, and the scope of practice issues. Additionally, the resiliency component that comes with NRC will help CCMAs respond during times of crisis.
While NRC has come to an end, CCMA classes are still available through Kingsborough’s Continuing Education department. For more information, contact Nicole Radix at 718.368.4709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.