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Programme Information (Clinical Medical Assistant CMA901-907)

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. 

Training Objectives

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. 


CMA 901 Fundamentals of Medical Assisting

CMA 902 Psychological Aspects of Patient Care

CMA 903 Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology

CMA 904 Medical Law and Ethics

CMA 905 Ambulatory, Asepsis and Infection Control

CMA 906 CPR and First Aid

CMA 907 Introduction and Fundamentals of Pharmacology

CMA 908 Introduction to Applied & Clinical ECG

CMA 909 Introduction to Phlebotomy& Clinical Phlebotomy

CMA 910 Haematology

CMA 911 Applied Venipuncture

CMA 912 The Medical Laboratory Quality Assurance/Control

CMA 913 Safety in the Medical Laboratory/Lab Hazards

CMA 914 The Microscope & Laboratory Measurements

CMA 915 Urinalysis

CMA 916 Clinical Microbiology

CMA 917 Externship

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • A minimum of five CXC passes, (General Proficiency) Grades I and II (Grade III accepted from June 1998 onwards)

  • OR Five GCE O' Level passes, Grades A, B and C (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.

  • OR Mature Entry - Subject to an interview

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Form and Application Fee

  • The original and copy of CXC certificate/s and other academic achievements/training courses

  • One Passport-sized photograph

  • The original and copy of one (1) of the following: National ID, Birth Certificate or Passport.

  • The original and copy of your Marriage Certificate/affidavit. (If relevant)

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