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A Medical Assistant, also known as a Healthcare Assistant and a Clinical Assistant is an allied health professional that supports the work of physicians and other health professionals, usually in a clinic setting. Medical Assistants perform routine tasks and procedures such as rooming and preparing patients, documenting patient medical history and current complaint or reason they are seeking medical attention. They measure patients’ vital signs, assist healthcare provider with minor surgery preparations and more, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics.
A Certified Medical Assistant is NOT a Physician’s Assistant which is a professional who practices medicine in collaboration or under indirect supervision of a physician.
THE ROLE OF A CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT TODAY
Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties, they are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and often explain the physician’s instructions and are essential members of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team.
Administrative Duties (may include, but not limited to):
Using computer applications
Updating and filing patient medical records
Coding and filling out insurance forms
Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
Clinical Duties (may include, but not limited to):
Taking medical histories
Explaining treatment procedures to patients
Preparing patients for examination
Assisting the physician during exams
Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
Performing basic laboratory tests
Instructing patients about medication and special diets
Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
Transmitting prescription refills as directed
Drawing blood for laboratory tests
Removing sutures and changing dressings
BENEFITS OF A CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants are in high demand, and that demand is expected to keep growing. These talented professionals are the backbone of medical facilities across the country. They work hard to ensure the business side of a medical practice runs smoothly, and that patients receive the best possible care.
There are many reasons to enter this great profession including a relatively short training period, great working hours, a professional environment, and a nice salary which is one of the best when it comes to the amount of education and training involved in preparing for the job. After earning only a certificate from a medical assisting program, graduates earn an average of $35,000 a year.
In as little as 11months, you can start a very promising career with numerous growth opportunities and job vacancies all around the world.
You can work in a variety of locations
Some healthcare jobs are limited to hospitals but as a CMA, you can work in a variety of locations such as hospitals, outpatient care centers, Chiropractor’s offices, clinics, Physician’s offices, Medical research centers, diagnostic laboratories, nursing care facilities.
You will build good relationships with patients and get to work as part of a tem in the healthcare industry.
PROGRAM OUTLINE AND DURATION
The Certified Medical Assistant Program runs for 10 – 11 months, a total of 576 teaching hours and 200 clinical/practicum hours
It is divided into four semesters:
Semester One: Spans for eight to ten weeks (a total of 192 teaching hours) covering Administrative course, ethics, legal and medical terminology
Semester Two: Spans for eight to ten weeks (a total of 192 teaching hours) covering basic anatomy and physiology
Semester Three: Spans for eight – ten weeks (a total of 192 hours) hands on practical on phlebotomy, vital signs, other specimen collection
Semester Four: Five weeks of clinical training in facility and 200 Hours of Clinical Practicum at an approved hospital, Clinic or a Doctor’s office, designed to fit and accommodate each student’s schedule.
Fundamentals for the Medical Office
Fundamentals for the Medical Office Lab
Medical Terminology for the Medical Assistant
Understanding Medical Insurance
Psychology of Human Relations / General Psychology
BASIC ANATOMY PHYSIOLOGY
The Body Systems
The Human Body in Health and Disease
Medical Office Insurance and Finance
Business and Technical Writing
Pharmacology for Allied Health
Clinical Procedures Theory
Medical Surgical Procedures
Clinical Procedures Labs
Clinical Practicum (200 hours)
Tuition is set at 400,000NGN TOTAL PACKAGE (includes scrubs, textbook, handouts, use of medical equipment, clinical rotation and job placement assistance) PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE!
A payment plan is set in place for your convenience:
10,000NGN – Registration fee
100,000NGN – 1st semester payment
100,000NGN – 2nd semester payment
100,000NGN – 3rd semester payment
100,000NGN – 4th semester payment
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Lecture will take place in our facility at Buena Vista Estate, Lekki on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 3pm (time can be adjusted to suite)
Lectures are provided by highly skilled Doctors, Nurses, Phlebotomist, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Anatomists, Physiologist and Physiotherapist.
Class attendance is mandatory for all students, lectures are interactive as well as practical.