Oakdale, NY – February 29th, 2016 – The Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA) Program at the Academy LI at Milliken Technical Center (MTC) has a strong and rigorous curriculum. Since September 2015, students have learned medical terminology, basic clinical skills, routine office testing, vital signs, phlebotomy, patient care, fundamentals of health sciences, and procedures for EKG testing and CPR training.
Students who successfully complete Clinical Medical Assisting may be eligible for Patient Care Technician certification and the training from this course enables students to become nationally certified by the Certified Healthy Professional (CHP).
In February, American Hearth Month, students ran a Healthy Heart Clinic in the classroom under the supervision of CMA Teachers Betty Martin and Deborah Leedham. Staff and students from other programs in the building signed up to participate. They were assigned a CMA student who remained with them as they rotated through several stations.
“The CMA student took the patients vitals, blood pressure, checked their weight and Body Mass Index (BMI), and performed a cholesterol and glucose screening. Over 150 people were screened for unsafe levels and were checked for early warning signs of potential heart problems,” said Martin.
Each CMA student was required to create an informational brochure on topics like cerebral aneurysm, hypertension, myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure to share with their patients. Students also distributed heart healthy recipes.
Tamara Cantave, a student from Central Islip UFSD, said, “I want to be a doctor. The CMA course is the first step. It’s a lot of work but I feel accomplished. I like doing the Healthy Heart Clinic; it feels like I’m working in a real office setting.”
Pictured Above: Tamara Cantave, a Central Islip UFSD student, does a cholesterol and glucose screening on her patient.
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