NEW MEDICAL ASSISTANT CLASS STARTING August 3, 2017
Objective: The Medical Assistant Program is designed to provide the students with clinical and administrative skills, which will enable them to perform both front and back office procedures in medical offices. The administrative skills students will learn include: medical ethical issues, medical codes, how to deal with a variety of patients, schedule appointments, complete insurance forms, and completing electronic health records. Students will learn how to perform the following clinical skills: setup an examination room and assist with general examinations, take vital signs, injections, capillary punctures, venipunctures, perform and evaluate routine laboratory tests. Students will learn how to use these skills and procedures via classroom and clinical hands-on training. Students who successfully complete all the minimum and specific requirements as required by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Nurse Aide Registry will receive a certificate for Nurse Aide and are eligible to register for the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation for certification administered by the State of Texas.
Class Schedule: Classes are offered at Texas Health School during the morning between 08:00AM-01:50PM Monday through Friday, and evening 06:00PM-09:50PM Monday through Thursday.
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Law & Ethics
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) Procedures
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR Certification)
- Basic Laboratory Procedures
- Medical Records
- Electronic Health Records
The Medical Assistant Graduates will be qualified for entry-level employment in Medical Offices, Various Hospital Departments, and Health-Care Clinics.
Medical Assistants will be able to sit for four (4-listed below) of the Nationally Registered Examinations through the National Association of Health Professionals, one month before their externship begins;
- NRCMA – Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant
- NRCPT – Nationally Registered Certified Phlebotomy Technician
- NRCEKG – Nationally Registered Certified EKG Technician
- NRCAHA – Nationally Registered Certified Administrative Health Asst.
- NRCPCT* – Nationally Registered Certified Patient Care Technician
* – available for students completing Medical Assistant and Nurse Aide Program
Some of the classes you will take in the Medical Assistant Program at Texas Health School are:
Students will learn the value of drugs for therapeutic purposes, and the government regulations to be followed in prescribing, dispensing, and administering drugs. They will learn how to identify possible reactions to particular drugs and to recognize possible adverse reactions.
Students will learn the elementary chemistry necessary to perform blood testing such as obtaining blood samples for hematocrits and differential counts from blood smears, staining procedures, and blood typing with extended lab time. Students will also learn how to use capillary sticks and perform venipuncture procedures.
Medical Laboratory Procedures
Students will learn how to perform and evaluate routine laboratory tests. These tests include sensorimotor tests, specimen collection, physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine, throat cultures, diabetic testing, and pregnancy tests.
Anatomy & Physiology
The students will learn how to identify the structures and functions of the human body. This includes the skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, special senses and the integumentary system. The students will learn how to identify the structures and functions of the reproductive system, immune system, endocrine system, urinary system, respiratory system, and digestive system.
Patient Healthcare Applications
The students will be introduced to the basic entry-level skills applicable to the allied healthcare clinical environment. Students will learn safety and infection control, communication skills, HIPAA guidelines, patient in-takes, preparing the patient for treatment, how to take vital signs, basic first aid application in response to emergencies, and CPR. Students will obtain CPR certification. The students will learn about the formation of ethics, legal terms, rules of conduct, and the various laws and regulatory agencies for all operational forms. They will also learn the importance of patient confidentiality, medical liability, and negligence.
Psychology of Human Relations
Students will learn how to deal with difficult patients with normal/abnormal behavior. They will learn how to treat patients with special and specific needs, and how to manage cancer and terminally ill patients. Students will learn about emotional crisis with the patient/family and how to work with them. They will learn about various treatment protocols.