Clinical medical assistant program to be offered

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer a clinical medical assistant program beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11, and continuing through Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and some Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 140-hour program includes an optional clinical externship.

Students will learn the skills needed to work as a clinical medical assistant in a medical office setting. Some of the clinical procedures that will be addressed include administering medications, assisting with minor surgery, performing an electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and maintaining clinical equipment in an ambulatory care setting.

Students who complete the program will have the skills needed to take the National Healthcareer Association’s certified clinical medical assistant national examination and to be employed in physician’s offices, medical clinics, chiropractor’s offices and outpatient facilities.

The program is being offered in cooperation with Condensed Curriculum International Inc., a provider of allied health programs at more than 300 schools in 40 states.

Registration for the program will close Saturday, Sept. 1. Tuition is $2,399, including textbooks.

For more program information, schedule details and online registration, visit the website and click on “Professional Development Programs.”