Description

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 Number



Title

Total Clock Hours (including Outside of School Prep Hours)

Quarter
Credit 
Hours

MA 100

Introduction to Administrative Medical Assisting 

63.0

3.0

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program 
Introduction to Medical Assisting will introduce students to the history and practice of medical medicine. It will introduce concepts of communication (verbal & non-verbal). It will present professionalism by describing the concepts of making a commitment to the profession. Professionalism in dress, behavior, and attitude are presented and monitored throughout the program. Students will gain knowledge in patient education and Basic First Aid.

MA 101

Anatomy & Physiology I

94.5

4.5

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program 
This course will introduce the basic concepts of the body system, disorders, including basic drugs, and lab tests and diagnostic studies. Students will understand the knowledge of diseases in each specialty and the introduction to EKG use and pulmonary function evaluation.

MA 102

Administrative Medical Assisting

223.0

11.0

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
This course will introduce administrative office environment and duties. Introduction to telephone techniques, office supplies, equipment, appointment scheduling, and patient reception customer service. Course will also introduce medical office management, financial management, insurance billing and coding. Medical records are also introduced along with charting guidelines, computer applications and medical key terms

MA 200

Introduction to Clinical Medical Assisting

63.0

3.0

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
Introduction to Medical Assisting will introduce students to the history and practice of medicine. It will introduce concepts of medical law and ethics. Students will learn and understand HIPAA, Disabilities Act, Portability and Accountability Act. It will present professionalism by describing the concepts of making a commitment to the profession. Professionalism in dress, behavior, and attitude are presented and monitored throughout the program. Students will gain knowledge in patient education and Basic First Aid. Students will understand the foundations of proper diet and nutrition, and will develop the ability to effectively convey and educate patients on these guidelines.

MA 201

Anatomy & Physiology II

94.5

4.5

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
This course will introduce the basic concepts of the body system, disorders, including basic drugs, and lab tests and diagnostic studies. Students will understand the knowledge of diseases in each specialty and the introduction to nutrition and health matters will be covered.

MA 202

Clinical Medical Assistant

223.0

11.0

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant Program
This course will cover concepts and hands on skills of the back office of the medical assistant clinical duties. Including how to assist in physical examinations, set up patient rooms, instrument sterilization and vital sign measurements. Students will have knowledge of medical instruments and EKG use.

MA 300

Clinical Externship

180.0

6.0

Prerequisite: Completion of module 1 and 2
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 100

Phlebotomy Lecture

60.0

4

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 110L

Phlebotomy Clinical Externship

40.0

1

The 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.

Total

1041.0

48.0

Program Information, Length and Schedule

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Medical Assistant portion of the 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 four times a year. The program consists of 9 courses contained in 3 modules.
 
Students must be available 8AM-6:00PM Monday through Friday for didactic and laboratory course work. While on Externship, student 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 twenty (220) hours of didactic and three hundred ninety-six (396) 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 five (205) 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 forty (40) 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 on an alternate day of the week (Sunday through Saturday).

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 in to 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 verified by facility personnel.

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

Phlebotomy Courses

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts provides a library and classrooms that are equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, textbooks and journals, and anatomical charts and models.

The Phlebotomy Technician Program Instructor to Student ratio is 1:25 in lecture, 1:15 laboratory and externship.

The course is eight (8) hours per week attending didactic training, and eight (8) hours per week receiving clinical instruction in patient care areas. Classes are held two (2) times a week from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. The course is forty (40) hours of didactic instruction and forty (40) hours of externship education allowing application of lecture topics in practical use. Normal completion time for this portion of the program is ten (10) weeks excluding any holidays and vacation times.

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).