Clinical Medical Assisting

Do you enjoy helping others? Do you have strong communication skills and good organizational and multi-tasking abilities? If you are interested in a career in the medical field where you work directly alongside doctors to help patients in need, a career as a Clinical Medical Assistant could be a great choice for you!

With High Desert Medical College’s Hybrid, Hands-on, and Online courses, you can get the training you need for this rewarding healthcare career in as few as 34 weeks!

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At High Desert Medical College, our Clinical Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare students to enter one of the fastest-growing professions in the health care industry. Clinical Medical Assistants are critical allied health professionals, performing an assortment of duties in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. This 34-week program provides students with intensive training emphasizing the use of the Electronic Health Records system, ICD-10 Medical Billing and coding, as well as venipunctures and EKG's. Students also receive real-world on-the-job experience through an Externship.

Students in the Clinical Medical Assisting program learn how to:

  • Verify patient information and health insurance
  • Update and file patients' medical records
  • Record information in medical recordkeeping systems, such as the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system
  • Complete and file paperwork such as surgical permission forms, health check forms and insurance paperwork
  • Prepare the examination rooms
  • Prepare and handle medical instruments and supplies
  • Measure patients' vital signs
  • Administer medications and injections
  • Collect and prepare specimens of bodily fluids and tissues for laboratory testing
  • Prepare the patient for any scheduled procedures, and answer any questions they may have regarding the procedure

    Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, Clinical Medical Assisting diploma. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Clinical Medical Assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2019-2029 decade. Employment is projected to grow 19% – much faster than the average job ranking. As of 2019, Clinical Medical Assistants held 725,200 positions in physician offices, hospitals, medical clinics, long-term care facilities, college and university health facilities, and more!

    • Introduction to Allied Health
    • Medical Office Administration
    • Clinical Administration
    • Career Development
    • Externship

  • Total Weeks in Program: 34 Weeks – Morning/Afternoon classes | 42 Weeks – Evening classes
  • Semester Credit Hours: 36.03
  • Financial Aid Credits: 24
  • Total Clock Hours: 910
  • Classroom Hours: 600
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 160
  • Homework Hours: 150
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1/Class Lab 1/20
  • Student will receive a Certificate of Completion
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    “4 days out of the week we are in a lab, touching, experimenting on whatever it is we need to learn. I like the hands on part of it more than anything. I learn faster. I learn better that way," - Tenaya, CMA Student

    “I want to be a CMA because I think that the medical field has a lot of great opportunities. Here I will have a long-term career where I will be happy and successful in my life," - Vittoria, CMA Student

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