Clinical Medical Assistant Credential

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The Clinical Medical Assistant Credential will provide recipients with skills and resources for employment as an integral part of the healthcare team in many types of healthcare settings. This microcredential creates an efficient way for those who complete it successfully to distinguish themselves from other applicants for clinical medical assistant positions. It will provide students with the opportunity to begin a professional career in as little as one semester and fill a need for highly-qualified personnel with advanced skills in the field of medical assistance.

The Clinical Medical Assistant Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of four courses.
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BIOL 100 Human Biology (recommended)
3 credits

OR

BIOL 101 Principles of Biology
3 credits

OR

BIOL 104 General Biology
4 credits

AND

HLTH 104 Medical Terminology
3 credits

HLTH 111 Clinical Medical Assistant Fundamentals (minimum grade of C)
4 credits

HLTH 112 Clinical Medical Assistant Internship
2 credits

 

Human Biology

Relates biological principles to important issues in human biology. Students learn basics of human biology (anatomy, physiology, life cycle, genetics, nutrition, fitness, disease and ecology). Selected problems, potentials, and breakthroughs in personal health, medical and genetic technology, and environmental sustainability are discussed. BIOL 100 fulfills the SUNY General Education Natural Sciences requirement. Prerequisites: MATH 090 and RDNG 099 if required by placement testing; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)

Principles of Biology

BIOL 101 presents an overview of major biological principles. Course topics include chemistry as it relates to organisms, cell morphology and physiology, and genetics. The course is intended for students who do not plan to transfer to an upper level major in science, environmental science, medicine, or a science-related field. Nursing students may take BIOL 101 and CHEM 101 to meet their program requirements. Substantial outside preparation for lectures and laboratories is required. BIOL 101 fulfills the SUNY General Education Natural Sciences requirement. Students may not apply credit for both BIOL 101 and BIOL 104 toward their degree. Prerequisites: MATH 090 if required by placement testing; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100 and RDNG 116 if required by placement testing. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)

General Biology

This is one of two semesters of an introductory level biology sequence designed for students who plan to transfer to an upper level program in science, environmental science, medicine, or a science-related field. Students who are interested in a rigorous study of biology may also enroll. Topics include basic chemistry and biochemistry, cell morphology, physiology and energetics; and classical and molecular genetics. Laboratories are strongly quantitative. Substantial outside preparation for lectures and laboratories is required. BIOL 104 fulfills the SUNY General Education Natural Sciences requirement. Students may not apply credit for both BIOL 101 and BIOL 104 toward their degree. Prerequisites: High School biology and chemistry with minimum Regents exam grades of 80% within the past five years or BIOL 101; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100, MATH 095 or MATH 098, and RDNG 116 if required by placement testing;. 4 Cr. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.) 

Medical Terminology

Using a body systems approach, students enrich their understanding of basic medical terminology by learning to break words into functional parts based on their Greek and Latin meanings. Topics include anatomic terms, all major body systems, and pathology terminology. Prerequisites: Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 100. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)

Clinical Medical Assistant Fundamentals (minimum grade of C)

This course covers skills required to offer clinical hands-on support as a versatile employee able to multi-task in today's busy medical office setting. Topics include vital signs, EKGs, aseptic techniques, infection control, rooming patients, confidentiality, communication, professionalism, medical documentation, law and ethics of health care, point of care (POC) patient testing, introduction to medical office management, and insurance and billing basics. Students must pass this course with a C or better to be eligible for field placement as interns in HLTH 112. Prerequisites: Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in HLTH 104 and BIOL100 OR BIOL101 OR BIOL104. 4 Cr. (3 Lec./1 Lab).

Clinical Medical Assistant Internship

Students will complete a minimum of 90 hours of practical, hands-on experience in a healthcare setting performing the skills of a Clinical Medical Assistant and will be subject to all legal, ethical, and professional standards required of the designated agency staff. Students will review fundamental principles of theory in practicum and discuss varying topics related to the internship experience.  Students must meet in person or consult with course instructor for placements. Prerequisite: HLTH 111 with a C or better grade. 2 Cr. (2 Lab).