Certified Medical Assisting

Physicians in Illinois can delegate Laser and Injection procedures to Certified Medical Assistants!

The 320-hour Nationally Certified Medical Assisting program is unique: 

  • The attendance is 1 or 2 times a week only    
  • Depending on schedule it takes only from approximately 4 to 12 months to complete
  • We train students in 4 specialties in one program
  • We provide National Certification upon completion
  • We are accredited to provide Certification exam at our facility
  • We partner with Rush Dermatology for the externship
  • We have established the reputation as one of the best schools in the United States 
  • We give our students skills and confidence needed to succeed
  • We provide small classes size
  • We prepare professionals of the highest caliber
  • Our students get sufficient attention from the instructors
  • We provide a lot of hands-on practice
  • Our graduates work in top medical offices and hospitals all across the United States!

The Program consists of 4 modules:

  • Administrative Medical Assistant,
  • Clinical Medical Assistant,
  • EKG Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician. 

We are accredited to operate by the department of Private Business and Vocational Schools of Illinois Board of Higher Education.

National Certification

Why is National Certification important? Becoming a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant shows the employers that you a knowledgeable healthcare professional! It also allows you to work in all 50 U.S. states.

Upon a successful completion of the Medical Assistant Program, graduates are eligible to sign up for the exams and receive National Certifications through National Healthcare Association (NHA). After completing 160-hour externship program our graduates are able to sit for a second National Certification by National Center for Competency (NCCT). Both tests are offered at the Academy’s facility!

Our graduates have a 100% passing rate on the NHA Certification Exam.  

Externship

Externship (also referred to as “internship”) is an opportunity for students to work side-by-side and gain experience with top doctors and their teams (physician’s assistants, nurses, and experienced medical assistants) in a hospital setting or private medical practices!

Our Academy is the only vocational school, which partners with the Dermatology Department of Rush University Medical Center!  Our students have a phenomenal opportunity and privilege to complete their externship with some of world’s foremost recognized professors of Dermatology! Our Academy also provides assistance for students who want to conduct an externship in private medical practices.

Upon successfully finishing their studies students are strongly encouraged to complete at least 160 hours at a medical site. The externship (also referred to as “internship”) is optional for the recipients of the G.I. Bill benefits. Students who have not completed an externship or obtained an equivalent professional experience will not be able to register for the second, NCCT certification.

Curriculum

Administrative Medical Assistant Curriculum

  • Interaction with patients
  • Medical records and charts
  • Patients’ rights, informed consent, assault and battery
  • Patient confidentiality
  • Scheduling and recording appointments
  • Updating and filing medical records
  • Handling correspondence
  • Arranging hospital admission for patients
  • Arranging laboratory services
  • Insurance
    • Filling out insurance forms
    • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Maintaining electronic health records
  • Handling billing
  • Effective workplace communication

Clinical Medical Assistant Curriculum 

  • Histology
  • Cytology
  • Physiology
  • Anatomy: major organ systems and their functions
  • Common pathologies:
    • Pneumonia,
    • Cerebral Palsy,
    • Multiple Sclerosis,
    • Cancer,
    • Arteriosclerosis,
    • Hypertension,
    • Diabetes,
    • Mellitus,
    • Myocardial Infarction
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Principles of Infection Control:
    • OSHA,
    • blood & bodily fluids,
    • universal precautions,
    • aseptic technique
    • chain of infection,
    • biohazard bags,
    • autoclaving
  • Emergency procedures: CPR
  • Basic clinical medical assisting
    • Hand washing technique,
    • Patient preparation,
    • Positioning and draping,
    • Vital signs,
    • Surgical interventions,
    • Assisting the physician,
    • Weight measurement,
    • Changing a dressing,
    • Injections,
    • Administration of  medications,
    • Cleaning a wound,
    • Removing sutures or staples
  • Laboratory tests
    • Urinalysis,
    • Hematology tests,
    • Chemistry tests,
    • Electrolytes,
    • Microbiology,
    • Pregnancy test,
    • Glucose tests,
    • Occult blood stool test,
    • Specimen collection processing – centrifuge
    • Quality controls and standards
  • Phlebotomy Technician Curriculum                    

    • Basic knowledge of the Circulatory, Urinary, and other body systems necessary to perform assigned specimen collection
    • Knowledge of modes of transmission of infection and methods of prevention
    • Accepted practices for infection control, isolation techniques, aseptic techniques and methods for disease prevention
    • Identifying veins of the arms, legs, and feet on which phlebotomy is performed
    • Knowledge of functions of the major constituents of blood, and differentiating between whole blood, serum, and plasma
    • Hemostasis and explanation of the basic process of coagulation and fibrinolysis
    • Knowledge of arterial blood, venous blood and capillary blood
    • Proper labeling, dating, and recording specimens obtained
      • Properly labeling Bio-hazardous Specimens
    • Legal and ethical importance of proper patient/ sample identifications
    • Types of patient specimens analyzed in a clinical laboratory
    • General criteria for suitability of a specimen for analysis, and reasons for specimen rejection or recollection
    • Importance of timed, fasting, and stat specimens, as related to specimen integrity and patient care
    • Various types of additive used in blood collection, and reasons for their use
      • Evacuated tube color codes associated with additives
    • Substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents and avoiding these occurrences
    • Knowledge of equipment, such as needles, disposable containers for needles, blood collection devices, tourniquets, and other items needed for drawing blood, and can assemble for blood collection according to specified procedures.
    • Ability to identify potential sites for venipunctures and capillary punctures
    • Effect of and proper application of tourniquets, hand squeezing and heating pads on capillary puncture and venipuncture
    • Ability to perform proper needle insertion and withdrawal techniques including direction, angle, depth, and aspiration for venipunctures
    • Performing correct procedure for capillary collection methods on infants and adults
    • Frequent causes of phlebotomy complications, including signs & symptoms of physical problems that may occur during block collection
    • Maintaining records and database of activities
    • Clear and effective communication
    • Working under stress and during emergencies
    • Dealing with people beyond giving and receiving instructions

    EKG Technician Curriculum

    • Anatomy and Physiology of the heart
    • Cardiovascular system
    • Understanding of cardiac disorder and emergencies
    • Phases of Cardiac Cycle
    • Basic Electrophysiology
    • Sinus Mechanism
    • Atrial Rhythms
    • Junctional Rhythms
    • Ventricular Rhythms
    • Atrioventricular (AV) Blocks
    • Pace maker Rhythms
    • Introduction to Lead ECG
    • Proper setup and usage of ECG equipment
    • 12-Lead EKG operational technique
    • EKG interpretation
    • Recognition of normal and abnormal EKG results
    • Creating and completing an accurate and complete ECG report

    Clinical Medical Assisting

    The role of a Medical Assistant in a clinical setting is to assist a doctor and to make sure each patient receives the best Clinical duties may include asepsis and infection control, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and CPR, preparing patients for procedures, performing electrocardiograms, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, performing suture removal, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected lab and diagnostic tests, administering medications (injections), and drawing blood (Venipuncture).

    Administrative Medical Assisting

    Administrative Medical Assistants make sure their medical facility or hospital department is running smoothly: they handle medical records and insurance information, arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory work, and manage office communications. Other office duties may include greeting patients, setting appointments and handling bookkeeping and billing.

    EKG training

    Cardiovascular technicians, sometimes called EKG technicians, use electrocardiogram instruments to monitor the heart function of patients.

    Phlebotomy training

    Training as a Phlebotomy technician is an integral part of the MA program!

    Phlebotomy Technicians work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, group practices, independent laboratories, health maintenance organizations, and public facilities. Duties of a Phlebotomy Technician may include drawing blood, preparing specimens for storage or testing, assembling equipment and verifying patients’ records. A Phlebotomist may also interview and screen donors at a blood bank

    Other Resources

    The Academy is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

    A complaint against this school may be registered with the Illinois Board of Higher Education:

    Illinois Board of Higher Education
    Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools
    1 N Old Capitol Pl., Ste. 333
    Springfield, Illinois 62701
    www.ibhe.org
    T. (217)782-2551
    Fax Number: (217)782-8548

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