The current state of the medical industry offers numerous job opportunities for clinical medical assistants. A career as a clinical medical assistant may consist of performing clinical duties such as assisting doctors in daily routines, drawing blood, performing laboratory tests, preparing the examination room, accounting for and disposing of contaminated supplies, taking electrocardiograms, and sterilizing instruments. A graduate of this programme may qualify for such jobs as: front or back office medical assistant, receptionist, ECG technician, lab assistant or aide, blood donor technician, or phlebotomist
The programme runs for an 18 month period, and consists of 17 modules, with a total of 880 contact hours, which would generate 74 credits. Students will be trained via lectures, demonstrations, practical/lab sessions, monitoring, mentoring and an externship, and will be assessed throughout the programme based on the five criteria set out in the student evaluation document. Basic functions that an assistant will understand are, patient care, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, office administration, pharmacology, phlebotomy, electrocardiography, and laboratory procedures and practices. They would also be trained in the art of communication with doctors, patients, medical suppliers and others, both written and oral, greeting patients, administering medication as directed by a doctor, communicating with other health care practitioners. and ordering medical supplies.