Medical Assistant

The medical assistant diploma program offered at CBT College in Florida generally lasts for 12 months. This technical diploma will help prepare you perform a variety of clinical and administrative duties. Do not confuse a medical assistant with a physician assistant; the two perform different duties in the medical field.

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Under the assistance of a physician, medical assistants will work closely with patients. You can plan to spend a great deal of your time as a medical assistant working directly with patients, which is why the medical assisting degree program at CBT College will prepare you for this important role. This associate degree program offered through our Cutler Bay and Miami Gardens campuses typically takes students 24-months to complete. Once done, you will earn your Associate Degree in Medical Assisting, and begin your search for career opportunities in the health care career field. Before you begin your job search, you will need to take a variety of courses, and receive some training that pertains to medical assisting. Some of the courses you will take while enrolled in the medical assisting degree program at CBT College include:
  • Radiology
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microsoft Technology Applications
  • Clinical Procedures
  • Pharmacology
  • Ethics
  • EKG
  • Phlebotomy
  • and more…

To learn more about the medical assisting associate degree program at CBT College, give us a call today. Our Florida based programs could help you get one step closer to your career goals!

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Prepare, educate and provide students with knowledge and skills for certification and employment as a Medical Assistant Professional in both Medical Clinical & Administrative areas as well Entry Level in X rays. (Basic Machine Operator)

Certifications*:
  1. Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  2. Certified EKG Technician (CET)
  3. Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  4. Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)

-Graduates are eligible for taking the Basic X Rays Machine Operator (BXMO) –Florida LICENSE Examination (see FL requirements)

Seminars:
  1. ICD-10 –Entry Level
  2. CPR – BLS by American Heart Association (AHA)
  3. OSHA & HIPAA.

Microsoft Technology Applications

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This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to use a computer to practice four of the most popular programs within the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). You will learn to be an intermediate level user of the Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft Word is a word processing program with which you can create common business and personal documents. Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that organizes and calculates accounting-type information. Microsoft Access is a database program that organizes large amounts of information in a useful manner. Finally, Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation graphics program with which you can develop slides to accompany an oral presentation.

Medical Terminology

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This courses introduces medical elements and theirs application to body systems and medical specialties. The students will be introduced to medical terms, including suffixis, roots, prefixes and anatomical terms. The basic body components will also be introduced and associated with the proper terminology.

Anatomy and Physiology

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Students are introduced to the structure and function of the human organ systems as an integral part of the medical field. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the human body structures and normal functioning of each structural system, as well as what takes place when the body’s homeostasis is unbalanced. These goals are accomplished through a variety of methods such as lecture, visuals, handouts, labeling and visual exercises as well open discussion in the form of questions and answers.

Clinical Procedures

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This course introduces the Medical Assistant student to the general procedures performed in the medical office. Students will learn to take vital signs, medical histories prepare the patients for treatments and explain the treatment and assist physician during general physical examinations. Additional skills include but not limited to suture removal, medication administration and most common physical therapies procedures. Special emphasis will be applied on asepsis and sterilization techniques as well as specialized procedures such as gynecologic, pediatric, ophthalmologic, orthopedics, and audiology.

EKG

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The electrocardiography is a non-invasive test on the heart using an electrical machine that measures the electrical impulses of the heart in tracings. This course teaches the variations in the electrical potential produced by the heart and is used to diagnose irregularities in heart function. This course provides recognition of emergencies in the EKG graph that will alert the physician to determine the need for possible further invasive testing. Students will be trained in performing a 12 leads- EKG, the drugs and side effects affecting EKG.

Laboratory Procedures

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This Course introduces the Medical Assistant student to the most common Physician Office Laboratory Procedures (POL) including proper use of equipment, supplies, asepsis techniques, proper transportation as well preparation/examination of samples, recognizing normal and abnormal lab. Values. Laboratory areas of importance to be taught are: microbiology, hematology, Urinalysis, blood chemistry and Immunology. Special emphasis will be placed on quality control, assurance programs and safety on laboratory mandated by Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and following proper steps in preventing accidents.

Phlebotomy

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The skill of Phlebotomy is taught through didactic, laboratory (manikins) and hands-on (clinical) experiences. The students are trained to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper technique and precautions, including but not limited to: vacuum collection devices, syringe and needle, capillary skin puncture for Hematocrit determination, winged needles (butterfly) and other special diagnostic tests such as blood cultures specimen collection for all age categories, bleeding time determination and drug screening. Emphasis is placed on infection prevention, Universal Precautions, proper labeling of specimens and quality assurance.

Pathophysiology

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This course emphasizes the fundamentals of the human disease process introducing important pathologic concepts and terminology associated with emphasis in etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, clinical course, treatment and prognosis. This will include the study of the major diseases associated with each body system.

Medical Office Procedures

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This course will provide students with skills and knowledge needed to perform entry level administrative duties on Information Management such as use of medical office equipment, computer programs proficiency (medisoft, office hours, EMR software, and others), medical records management, and medical transcription. Students also will learn Front Office Management procedures focused in reception, telecommunication, and appointments skills along with Financial Management basic principles related to Billing, payroll, and banking/accounting procedures.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology and pathology of diseases
  2. Perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records (paper and electronic), and utilization of computer software.
  3. Perform clinical duties such as applying principles of aseptic techniques and infection control, taking vitals and patient histories, collecting and processing specimens, performing CLIA-waived lab testing, performing patient screening, preparing patient and assisting with procedures and exams, administering medications, performing venipuncture and electrocardiograms, and performing basic X rays procedures within the scope of the practice.
  4. Apply knowledge of local, federal, and state health care legislation such as proper documentation and reporting, performing within legal and ethical boundaries, and applying HIPAA rules in maintaining confidentiality and release of information
  5. Manage the facilities, equipment, and inventory of a medical office, while maintaining the highest levels of safety and efficiency
  6. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of computer software.
  7. Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement by Medicare, Medicaid, and medical insurances using diagnostic and procedural coding
  8. Demonstrate professional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  9. Demonstrate professional conduct and apply legal, social, and ethical responsibilities within the health care environment
As more physicians expand their offices, the demand for medical assisting technicians will continue to increase. There is a projected 20 percent growth for medical assistants over the next few years. Medical assisting technology is one of the steadily growing sectors within the healthcare industry.

Available Campuses

CBT College has five (5) convenient locations in Miami-Dade. All CBT locations are nationally accredited by ACICS, and offer a full time Career Services Department to help student and graduates in their Job Search.

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CBT College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Credits may be transferable to other colleges and Universities using the Florida State Course Numbering System at the discretion of the receiving institution.

1 CBT College’s programs are designed to prepare students for employment in their selected field of study or in related fields. CBT College does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, be eligible for job advancement opportunities or be employed at all. Additional training or certifications may be required to compete in current job market conditions.

2 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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