Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Clinical Medical Assistance
This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who seek to work in the Medical and Clinical industry. The student will have the opportunity to learn basic laboratory tests, venipuncture and dermal puncture skills, specimen collection and complications, infection control, sterilization of medical and minor surgical instruments, understanding of medical diagnostic test(s) and procedures, perform and interpret Electrocardiograms (EKG’s), Holter monitor, Anatomy and Physiology of body systems, remove sutures, change dressings, prep patient for inter-office minor surgery, assist with examinations, administration of medication, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid, assist with therapeutic ultrasound, assist with prep patient for x-rays and positively communicate with patients and other healthcare team members.
The diagram below highlights the major topics covered in the program. Upon successful completion, the graduate receives an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Clinical Medical Assistance. For complete and detailed information please refer to the college catalog.
Graduates of the AAS Degree in Medical and Clinical Assistant program will be ready for employment in all related positions typically within Doctor’s offices and/or hospitals, state, local, and private, as well as Clinical laboratories within medical centers, hospitals and/or standalone facilities. Students may choose to work as an EKG Assistant, Medical Assistant, or Medical Clinical Assistant. Those wishing to take the optional National Certification Examination (NCCT) and apply for CPT1 license within the state of California may work as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 (CPT1) which allows students to work as a licensed Phlebotomist in addition to a Medical Assistant, EKG assistant or Medical Clinical Assistant in clinical laboratories, medical centers, hospitals and private clinics with a laboratory. The program provides a foundation for graduates interested in the types of settings listed above.
Clinical Medical Assistant certification students must obtain a passing score on the LA ORT entrance exam and be interviewed by the admissions department.
LA ORT students are trained on the appropriate equipment consistent with the demands of the job market.
The Clinical Medical Assistant certification program may be offered in the morning, afternoon, or evening sessions. The morning and afternoon sessions are taught 5 days per week (Monday through Friday) for approximately 48 weeks of instruction. In the evening session, this program is taught 4 evenings per week (Monday through Thursday) for approximately 76 weeks of instruction. This is a 65 semester credit hour program with 1200 instructional hours.
Los Angeles ORT College offers various tuition financing plans, financial aid and scholarship programs for eligible and qualified students.
The college‘s Financial Aid Office assists students in completion of all documents applicable to various federal, state and local sources of student financial aid.
More information on career outlook for Clinical Medical Assistants and Clinical Laboratory Technicians, related to the Clinical Medical Assistant certification program, could be obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net under the Standard Occupational Classification Code 31-9092.00 and 29-2012.00.
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