The Certificate of Occupational Training program is three semesters (41.5 credits) beginning in the fall semester and ending with a practicum in a physician’s office in the summer semester. Students can also receive an Associate of Science degree by completing the certificate requirements and then taking another 27 credits for two additional semesters.
Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically trained to work in physician’s offices performing administrative and clinical duties. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), this course of study offers the student an opportunity to earn a certificate in medical assisting and be eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant.
Students will learn a variety of administrative skills. These include answering telephones and screening calls; appointment scheduling; billing and collection techniques; insurance claims processing and coding; and office management skills and payroll. Student will also learn clinical skills, including taking a patient history; entering electronic medical records; scribing for physician; taking vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respirations); drawing blood for lab tests; sterilizing instruments; and assisting the doctor with office surgery and/or procedures and injections.
The Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell Campus Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 210-2350.
Program Learning Outcomes
In addition to supporting institutional learning outcomes and building upon the foundational general education outcomes, upon completion of this program students will be able to:
- Demonstrate clinical skills including vital signs, heights, and weights, ECGs, visual and hearing testing, spirometry, and administering injections.
- Prepare a patient for an office procedure or surgery using sterile technique.
- Apply critical thinking when taking a patient history.
- Manage administrative duties including scheduling appointments, routing phone calls, filing insurance claims, posting payments and preparing and sending patient statements.
- Demonstrate proper methods of venipuncture and waived lab testing.
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