Dabney S Lancaster Community College and PluggedIn VA have teamed up to offer a non-credit Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista this spring and summer, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9:30 pm, beginning April 21 and ending August 6.
Financial assistance for tuition, books, and transportation is available for qualified applicants, ages 18 to 21. Stipends for attendance and externships are also available. Applicants must be able to pass a drug screen.
The first few weeks will include training in soft skills, such as communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, and professionalism, among other topics.
The CMA training part of the program will begin on May 5. Students will learn to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare.
Classroom lecture and hands-on labs are included, as well as a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the course, submit to a thorough background check and drug screening and meet other requirements.
Upon successful completion of the CMA course, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.
The class will also meet on six Saturdays, from 9 am to 4:30 pm: May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25.
For more information or to register, call (540) 532-6399 or email workforce. The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Dr., Buena Vista.
Also supporting the program are Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Valley Workforce, and the Shenandoah Initiative for Adult Education.