This course will train you to become a critical healthcare team member. Clinical medical assistants combine clinical and procedural knowledge, working across the domain of healthcare facilities to aid in patient care and in-office procedures. They are tasked with working directly with patients and supporting the work of doctors and other healthcare professionals. This 100% online course will prepare you to work as a certified clinical medical assistant (CCMA), designated by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
The healthcare field offers one of the leading areas of opportunities for career growth today. Within healthcare, medical assistants are among the most in-demand professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) anticipates 16% growth and 117,800 new job opportunities between now and 2031. Clinical medical assistants earn an average annual salary of $37,370.
Medical assistants are critical members of healthcare teams in a variety of medical settings. As a CCMA, you are often the first and last person a patient interacts with, making a lasting impact on the patient’s experience. CCMAs are flexible, performing a variety of tasks such as:
While CCMAs may serve in a variety of roles in the healthcare setting, including office processes, clinical procedures and patient management, certified nurse assistants (CNAs) work full-time with patients and may help with basic care activities such as dressing, bathing, and moving patients while they are under medical care.
The healthcare environment operates on the basis of professionalism, precision and dedication to patient welfare. Medical assistant certification may be required for many jobs. The NHA estimates 89% of employers require or encourage certification. Earning a certification such as the CCMA establishes a medical assistant as a caring, responsible professional who has undergone a study and assessment program to validate their credentials.
Certified clinical medical assistants commonly work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities, according to the BLS.
There are no prerequisites to take the course.
Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.
Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems, a master’s degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.
Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a master’s degree in Organizational Management, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active-duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.
Stacey O’Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O’Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.
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