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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:40

By Paula Evans

Is a career in healthcare still on your radar screen? Are you interested in working in an environment where providing quality patient care is a priority?

Do you want to be employed in a professional occupation with strong projected growth and sustainability? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you are on the right track with medical career training programs offered through Castro Valley Adult and Career Education.


Let’s look at two of their comprehensive courses:

Administrative medical assistant students learn to update and file patients’ medical records, fill out insurance forms, and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services.


They also train in tasks less specific to medical settings, such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping.


This 17-week course is aligned with the Clinical Medical Assistant course, and when registered together as a package, students receive a 10% discount. The Administrative Medical Assistant program is Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 14-July 18.


In the Clinical Medical Assistant program, students develop the skills in a variety of duties that include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations.


Medical assistant students learn to collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments.


Instruction covers patient communication and information skills, medications and special diets, preparation and administration of  medications, authorizing drug refills, drawing blood, preparing patients for x-rays, taking electrocardiograms, removing sutures, and changing dressings.


Students learn to arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment. Optional clinical externship are available for qualifying students.


The next CMA class schedule is March 14 through July 13, on  Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A mandatory orientation will be held from 6-8  p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23.


If you are considering transitioning into the medical and health services field for employment in 2012, consider the programs offered through CV Adult and Career Education. visit, contact the Adult School, 510-886-1000, or stop by in person at 4430 Alma Ave. in Castro Valley.



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