Clinical Medical Assistant

medical-administrative-assistantThis program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes, among other things, preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, aspects of phlebotomy, and the cardiac life cycle.

Students will review important topics including, phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of healthcare.

This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs, as well as a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements.

Class Includes:

  • Functions of the clinical medical assistant in a medical office
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy of each body system, to include the heart, conduction system, and circulation of the heart and bloods vessels
  • Take patient medical histories
  • Update patient medical files
  • Instruct patients on proper usage of medications
  • Vital signs and documentation
  • Phlebotomy including venipuncture and capillary sampling
  • Collecting non-blood specimens and point of care testing
  • Performing 12 lead EKGs, EKG strip analysis, (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)
  • Prepare and assist with medical examinations
  • Take blood pressure and body temperatures
  • Perform various injections
  • Perform Peripheral IVs
  • Administer oral medications

We Receive Funding Through...

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United Way South-Southwest Suburban Regional Office and J. P. Morgan Chase

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Cook County Community Development Block Grant

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  • U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutritiion Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T)
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Program

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 Southland Health Care Forum received funding through the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program. Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Nursing training program were funded by Grant #90FX0026 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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