Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy Program

Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy Program

Program Overview

Gurnick Medical Assistant graduates join one of the most in-demand careers in the growing healthcare field. Medical Assistants are a vital part of the healthcare team, and they complete administrative and clinical tasks in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.

Students will practice and become adept at a variety of clinical skills including patient education, phlebotomy, and performing first aid. The phlebotomy portion of the program combines 40 hours of classroom instruction with 40 hours of off-site externships to provide a comprehensive learning experience. Upon successful completion of the phlebotomy courses, students will be prepared to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam (CPT 1). Once students pass this exam and obtain their state license, they will be able to work as Phlebotomy Technicians.

Program Fees

Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy tuition is the same as our Medical Assistant Program:   Medical Assistant Program

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To provide quality education and training that develops the potential of each student to become a productive, responsible, and professional member of society, as well as a skilled member of the medical assisting workforce.
  • To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • To provide our students with open access and a supportive environment that encourages student success in the classroom, laboratory, and on the externship site.
  • To encourage professionalism, integrity, and high standards in students.
  • To adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Medical Assistant.
  • To prepare students to organize, to prioritize, and to delegate care by communicating effectively with members of the medical team.
  • To apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, and wellbeing of the patients.
  • To prepare students to take the national exam for Clinical Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA).
  • To prepare students to take the national exam for Certified EKG Technician (CET).
  • To produce competent Phlebotomy Technicians for the medical community.
  • To stimulate a life-long pursuit of education in the medical field.
  • To develop interpersonal skills in communicating with the patient, medical and administrative individuals.
  • To provide educational opportunities in phlebotomy to members of the community.

Program Outline and Course Description

Course NumberTitleClock HoursQuarter Credit Hours
MA 100Front Office Records Foundations126.06.0
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
Front Office Records Foundation will introduce students to the creation and maintenance of a patient medical record. The training includes earning a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) training certificate. Students will review the use of computers in modern medical settings, including the management of patient appointments, and in the oversite of a medical records system. Students will practice Electronic Health Records training associated with appointment systems and medical records management. Students will study terminology associated with the HIPAA, computerization, appointment and records management, as well as medical terminology associated with the Skeletal, Muscular, and Nervous Systems. Students will practice EKG’s and prepare to take the Certified EKG Technician certification examination in their final Front Office Course.
MA 101Front Office Finances126.06.0
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
Front Office Finances will introduce students to systems used to manage all aspects of medical office finances, including diagnostic and procedural coding and claim form billing. Students will track claims reimbursement, complete patient statements, and review fee collection processes. Students will complete Electronic Health Records training associated with fee setting, procedure and diagnostic detail, and insurance billing, and reimbursement. Students will study terminology associated financial management, as well as medical terminology found in the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, and Special Senses Systems. Students will practice EKG’s and prepare to take the Certified EKG Technician certification examination in their final Front Office Course.
MA 102Front Office Medical Professionals126.06.0
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
Front Office Medical Professionals will teach students the fundamentals of medical office management. Professional communication skills that frame a patient friendly experience are closely examined. Professionalism is practiced in written communications to patients, vendors, and to insurance companies. Students explore management styles., and oversight areas including: reception and treatment areas, patient and employee safety, inventory and supplies, as well as employee training and emergency preparedness. Students will utilize practice management software, and electronic health record documentation associated with patient reception and in written communication to patients. Students will study terminology associated with office management, as well as medical terminology found in the Urinary, Endocrine, and Reproductive Systems. Students will practice EKG’s and prepare to take the Certified EKG Technician certification examination in their final Front Office Course.
MA 200Back Office Clinical Foundations131.07.0
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
Back Office Clinical Foundations will introduce students to clinical patient care. Students will practice professional medical communication with patients and colleagues. Students are taught procedure for minor surgery assistance, including set up, instrument sterilization and autoclave technique. They learn medical aseptic practice as required by OSHA for exposure control, and for the disposal of medical waste. Aseptic practice is reinforced through needle safety technique, the administration of medication, and drawing blood from a vein during phlebotomy. The Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology covered in this course includes the Integumentary, the Skeletal and the Muscular Systems. Students will learn structure, function, common diseases, and learn clinical skills associated with each body system.
MA 201Back Office Clinical Skills 131.07.0
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
Back Office Clinical Skills will introduce students to the back office clinical skills associated with a physical examination. The principles of medical ethics are explored, including guarding information privacy, and protecting Patient Rights. Pharmacologic terminology, and abbreviations are practiced. Students review math skills to correctly calculate dosages and to convert grams and ounces for medicine administration. The structure, function, physiology, and major diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and the eye and ear sense systems are taught in this course. Additionally, for each body system, students practice diagnostic tests, and review associated drugs, lab tests, diagnostic studies, and treatment courses. Students will study First Aid, and will earn CPR Basic Life Support certification through the American Heart Association (AHA BLS for Health Care Providers).
MA 202Back Office Clinical Laboratory131.07.0
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
Back Office Clinical Laboratory will introduce students to safety practices including asepsis and the disposal of biohazard waste. Students will review the purpose and categories of laboratory tests including the collecting, transporting and handling of specimens. Students will learn about pediatric health management including measuring height and weight, specimen collection, immunization schedules, and medicine administration. The relationship between the human body’s blood chemistry, microbiology, and its nutritional needs and processes are explored. The structure, function, physiology, and major diseases of the urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems are taught in this course. Additionally, for each body system, students practice diagnostic tests, and review associated drugs, laboratory tests, diagnostic studies, and treatment courses.
MA 300Clinical Externship180.06.0
Prerequisite: Completion of module 1 and 2
MA 100 Introduction to Administrative Medical Assisting, MA 101 Anatomy & Physiology I, MA 102 Administrative Medical Assisting, MA 200 Introduction to Clinical Medical Assisting, MA 201 Anatomy and Physiology II, and MA 202

Clinical Medical Assisting, with a “C” or better and concurrent enrollment is required. Clinical externship is a six week course includes student placement in a facility that performs various types of skills. It provides exposure for hands on practice, and to apply theory concepts. Externship will provide students the opportunity to assist facility staff with daily duties in the front and back office under staff supervision. This experience marks the point of transition from being a student to becoming a Medical Assistant.
PHL 100Phlebotomy Lecture60.04.0
The didactic portion of Phlebotomy course will introduce the history of Phlebotomy and a brief overview of Anatomy (Anatomic position, body planes, body functions, body organization, and body systems). Participants will be introduced with principals of infection control, basic patient care, and medical terminology. Participants will spend time to identify the correct technique and equipment to facilitate the venipuncture process as well as procedural errors that lead to collection. Participants will be involved in the discussion of risk factors &apporopriate responses to complications that may arise from phlebotomy. This course will include the material regarding the transportation of specimens to the laboratory and discussion of problems with requisitions, specimen transport and processing. Materials about the national standards, regulatory agencies, and quality assurance in phlebotomy will conclude the course.
PHL 110LPhlebotomy Clinical Externship40.01.0
Prerequisite: Completion of PHL 100
After successfully passing the didactic portion of the course, all participants will start the clinical course forty (40) hours in a clinical setting including fifty (50) venipunctures and ten (10) skin punctures. Each session is four (4) hours in length in a laboratory/clinical setting. During clinical training, all participants will have the opportunity to assess real patients (blood collection from patients of various ages, health and weight), work with professional equipment, participate in specimen processing after collection, centrifugation, be trained in the post puncture care, and be instructed of disposal of waste and sharp material. After clinical training, all participants must pass a practical exam.
Total1,051.050.0

Program Information, Length and Schedule

The program information, length and schedule may change. Make sure to read the accompanying Addendum for change and updates as well as check in with the Admission Advisor for details.

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Medical Assistant program provides a library and classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, textbooks, and simulators. Instructor to Student ratio is 1:15 in laboratory, and 1:30 in lecture. Classes begin 10 times a year. The program consists of 9 courses contained in 3 modules.

Students must be available 8AM-1:15PM, or 5PM to 10:15PM Monday through Thursday for didactic and laboratory course work. While on Externship, student must be available 8AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, and may be required to accommodate alternative schedules based on facility placement business hours. Students must be able to complete those special rotations at the schedule provided.

Students receive two hundred sixty-five (265) hours of didactic and three hundred fifty-one (351) hours of laboratory instruction time and two hundred twenty (220) hours of clinical externship allowing them to apply the lecture topics and lab hands-on skills in practical use when placed in a healthcare facility. Two hundred fifteen (215) hours will be student outside work time.

The curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the medical assisting field. Upon completion of the program, a certificate is awarded. Normal completion time for this program is thirty (45) weeks excluding holidays and vacation times.

In order to ensure program completion is on time and the required program hours are fulfilled, class times can and may be rescheduled.

Lab Hours
Lab hours are done in conjunction with daily theory delivery and conducted under instructor guidance and supervision.

Outside Work
Outside work will be assigned by instructor in correlation to daily theory topic and skills. Assignments will vary from day to day according to topics, to be done on students own time and will be given due dates.

Certification Exam Review
Students will undergo two intense theory and lab review provided by instructor for certification exam preparation. Preparation is divided into two portions Administrative and Clinical.

Clinical Externship
Clinical externship includes student placement in a facility that performs various types of skills and provides exposure to theory concepts, and an opportunity for hands-on practice. Externship will provide opportunity for students to assist facility staff with daily duties in the front and back office under staff supervision. This marks the point of transition from being a student to becoming a medical assistant. The externship serves as a practicum without pay to help students apply learned classroom skills. Students will have a variety of tasks to perform and to document for verification purposes. Daily attendance and performance at the site is verification by facility personnel.

*All tasks above are subject to change, add, remove or modified on the ongoing bases according to state regulation and Medical Assistant Certification Examination requirements and ABHES guidelines.

Additional Admission Requirements

Please review the following requirements:
General Admission Requirements for all Programs

  1. Submit an essay (no longer than one-page, double-spaced typed or hand-written) which describes the:
    1. Reasons for applicant’s desire to become a Certified Medical Assistant;
    2. Personal attributes the applicant possesses that will support his/her ability to complete the MA program;
    3. People, routines, and resources the applicant has that will support his/her efforts throughout the program.
  2. Some campuses (in cases such as if the applicant pool might be larger than the number of available seats at the desired campus location) may require an additional step: an interview with the MA Program Supervisor, Program Coordinator, or designee.
  3. Medical Assistant Certification Participation is required for graduation. This may be waived by the Program Supervisor, Campus Director, or Academic Director, if a student submits a written employment offer and the offer is time-sensitive and is contingent on the student having their Gurnick diploma in hand.
  4. Credit granting for the Medical Assistant portion of the Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy Program can be accomplished by the following:
    a. Be a graduate of Gurnick Academy’s Medical Assistant Program.
    b. Attain a score of 85% or higher on a designated Medical Assistant Knowledge Evaluation Examination.

Interested applicants should contact Admissions at the campus that offers the Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy Program.

Clinical Training

We, at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, consider clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Students will be provided with clinical training at one of the affiliated clinical sites, while attending our medical assistant school.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance.

For details please call:

Licensure, Certification & Registry Disclaimer

The State of California does not require that medical assistants be certified, but such a certificate may increase the chances of being hired. The national CCMA exam is taken during the program upon successful completion of didactic coursework. Students who pass this exam and meet graduation requirements will be eligible to work as Certified Medical Assistants. In order to perform duties of the Phlebotomy Technician Level 1 (CPT1) in California, you will be required to pass a licensing examination approved by the Department of Health Services in California. Completion of this program does not automatically enable a graduate to perform duties of a Phlebotomy Technician (CPT1).

Medical Assistant Certification in California

Find more information about Certification for Medical Assistants in California in the section Licensure, Certification and Registry Disclaimer in our Catalog and Addendum.

Medical Assistant Job Outlook and Salary

Click on the link for Occupational Profile for Medical Assistants in California provided by State of California Employment Development Department. Additionally, some information is presented by County: Medical Assistants in San Francisco Bay AreaMedical Assistants in East Bay AreaMedical Assistants in Fresno CountyMedical Assistants in Stanislaus County.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I obtain more information about MA with Phlebotomy program?

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You can fill out our online contact form to have information mailed to you or to have a school representative contact you. Click here to do so. Or you simply call us at 1-877-GURNICK.

Q: I want to register for MA with Phlebotomy program. How do I get started?

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You can fill out our online contact form to have information mailed to you or to have a school representative contact you. Click here to do so. Or you simply call us at 1-877-GURNICK.

Q: I have a foreign diploma/degree. Do I need to have it evaluated?

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Yes. Please find more info in Foreign Transcript / Diploma Evaluations policy in Catalog and Addendum.

Q: Where can I get my diploma/degree evaluated?

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Please find more info in Foreign Transcript / Diploma Evaluations policy in Catalog and Addendum.

Q: What is the SLE exam and how can I prepare for it?

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Please click on the link for more info about the SLE exam.

Q: What if I don't pass the SLE exam?

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To qualify for the MA program, you must pass the exam. Please click on the link for more info about the SLE exam.

Q: What does the entrance exam consist of?

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Please click on the link for more info about the SLE exam.

Q: I have a medical degree. Am I still required to take the entrance exam?

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Yes. All applicants regardless of degree or background must pass the entrance exam prior to admission into the program.

Q: Is the program accredited?

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Please click on the link to learn more about Accreditation.

Q: How do I pay for the program?

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We have flexible payment options and private student loans. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Q: How long is the program and what is the schedule?

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Please check the Program Length and Schedule section on this page.

Q: Are there any breaks within the school year?

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Click on the link for more information: Academic Calendar.

Q: Are didactic courses and laboratories held on campus?

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Yes.

Q: Do I have to find my own internship?

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No, an internship will be provided for all of our students.

Q: Are the internships paid positions?

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No, all internships are unpaid.

Q: How much does the program cost?

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To view the fee breakdown, please see the Program Fees section.

Q: Can I obtain Financial Aid?

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Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts participates in various federal and state student financial assistance programs. Please see the Financial Aid section for more information.

Q: Once I graduate from the program, will I be getting a degree or a certificate?

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The Medical Assistant Program is a certificate program.

Q: Do you offer job placement?

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We assist with job placements for all students who successfully complete the program. However, we cannot guarantee employment.

Facts and Fun Statistics

This is a new section for many of you who expressed interest in such facts as the ones below about our Academy and our Programs. The Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy Program is offered at our Fresno, Concord & San Mateo Campuses. Let us share with you some facts:

  • More than 48% of our Main Campus, San Mateo campus: students come from Daly City, San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward and South San Francisco. 29% from other Bay Area cities – Fremont, Newark, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro and Sunnyvale.
  • More than 57% of our Concord Campus: students come from Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Concord, Fairfield, Oakland, Pittsburg and Vallejo, California. 23% come from Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Livermore, Oakley, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Ramon, Vacaville and Walnut Creek.
  • More than 47% of our Fresno Campus: students come from Fresno. More than 35% of our Modesto Campus: students come from Modesto. Of course, there are many nursing students from neighboring cities to Modesto and Fresno who choose Gurnick Academy. For example, Modesto campus has students from Atwater, Ceres, Escalon, Livingston, Manteca, Merced, Oakdale, Riverbank, Sonora, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock (50.5%), and Fresno – from Clovis, Hanford, Madera, Sanger and Visalia (30.5%).

Available at the Following Campuses

San Mateo

06 Jan

Start Date


Concord

06 Jan

Start Date


Fresno

06 Jan

Start Date


Program Length & Schedule

10 Months

40 weeks/1041 hours/48 quarter credit hours

4 modules

Clinicals

220 hours

Sessions Schedule

5 days varying Monday through Friday for up to 8 hours

New Evening Classes Enrolling Now at our Fresno Campus!

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Academy Calendar

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Medical Assistant Program Start Date - Modesto
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Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy Program Start Date - San Mateo
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Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy Program Start Date - Concord
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Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy Program Start Date - Fresno
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