140 CLASSROOM HOURS WITH A CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP
A clinical externship is required for course completion.
This 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, technical 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, professional workplace behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lectures, hands-on labs, and 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 and drug screening, and meet other requirements.
A high school diploma or GED is required at the time of registration. The courses are not Pell Grant eligible, but most of the courses are WIOA approved (Surgical Technician, Medical Billing and Coding and Phlebotomy are not approved). You may apply for WIOA funding at the Career Center on Skyland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa.
To receive your certificate of completion, you must complete the following:
- Successfully complete the course with a 95% attendance/punctuality rate.
- Attend and complete the allotted hours of clinicals within the given timeframe.
- Sit for the national exam.
To be eligible for a clinical externship, you must submit your immunization records, provide a statement of good health, and, depending on the program, may be required to submit to a drug screen and background check.
Note: Upon successfully completing this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcare Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.
Course Contact Hours: 140 hours plus Clinical Externship
Clinical Externship Hours:160 hours
Location: Martin Campus
Dates and Times: Contact Workforce Development at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.