Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA)
CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM (CMA)501 (CIP Code: §51801)00
This program is designed to teach students the skills necessary for employment in any modern medical facility. A qualified medical assistant is capable of performing a wide range of duties with a variety of technical detail; thus helping the physician in many clinical situations. All performance objectives listed herein are approved by the American Medical Certification Association.
Upon successful completion of the Medical Assistant Program through MLST, the student will have the knowledge to work in the field as a Medical Assistant. The students will receive a Completion Certificate for the program. At that time, the student will be eligible to take/challenge a National Exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant. Significant Points:
i. Some medical assistants are trained on the job, but many complete 1- or 2- year programs in vocational-technical high schools, postsecondary vocational schools, and community/junior colleges.
ii. Medical assisting is projected to be the fastest growing occupation over the 2002-12 periods.
iii. Job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly those with certification.
Mental Health Technician
c. MENTAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN PROGRAM(MHT) 301 (CIP CODE § 51.1502)
Mental Health is a comprehensive program designed to train students in identifying techniques associated with various mental health disorders. Students learn about the various disorders and their effects on the afflicted and their families in 14 weeks of training. They are trained to address the best avenues of rendering service to patients they encounter in a professional manner. Specific duties, responsibilities and procedures the student will be trained in are:
Ø A firm knowledge base in the healthcare organizations and healthcare history.
Ø Understand the many different departments, employees’ positions, and specialties found
in various healthcare facilities.
Ø Explain the interaction needed between all departments to assure quality and continuity of patient care.
Ø Understand normal growth and development.
Ø Recognize and deal with different types of anxiety.
Ø Become familiar with and apply appropriate communication skills with patients and staff.
Ø Learn ways to develop trust with the patients.
Ø Demonstrate a basic foundation in medical terminology.
Ø Demonstrate knowledge of patient care.
Ø Demonstrate knowledge of various types of chemical dependency.
Ø Demonstrate knowledge of common psychiatric disorders.
Ø Demonstrate knowledge of developmental disorders affecting children and adults.
Ø Knowledge and techniques used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Ø Demonstrate knowledge and skill in dealing with mental retardation and other developmental anomalies.
Ø Demonstrate skills in setting limits and maintaining proper boundaries, promoting health and well being of patients.
Ø Demonstrate knowledge of assaultive and other unsafe behaviors.
Ø Understand the need for documentation and skill in conveying patient status.
Ø Knowledge of patients’ rights and confidentiality laws.
Ø Understand the importance of developing good employee attributes and the value of being a positive member of the healthcare team.