Gain a broad range of healthcare knowledge with a Medical Clinical Specialties associate degree.
The objective of the Medical Clinical Specialties program is to prepare you to perform clinically in a physician's office or other medical facility. By graduation, you will possess the skills necessary to obtain quality laboratory specimens, perform x-rays, handle administrative duties, assist in patient care and examinations, as well as perform appropriate medical procedures.
Externships will prepare you to perform the roles of a medical assistant, phlebotomist and limited medical radiographer, offering you many avenues to pursue in finding employment in the medical community.
What type of person would this program appeal to?
The program was designed to prepare you to gain entry-level employment in the medical field in a physician's office or outpatient clinical setting. Strong clinical competency, flexibility in performing both clinical and administrative tasks and the ability to work effectively with patients, clients and other members of the healthcare team are key attributes for these professionals. Employment in this field requires you to be in good physical condition and able to walk or stand for long periods of time. Our program includes a large amount of hands-on clinical experience. You should know that this program will require training in invasive procedures in phlebotomy and medical assisting. An instructor will demonstrate these skills, and you in turn will demonstrate to the instructor that you know how to perform them. If you have an aversion to being stuck or to sticking another person with a needle, you may want to consider another program.
What specific skills or knowledge are taught in this program?
You will learn to:
- Utilize the skills necessary to obtain quality laboratory specimens
- Perform clinically in a physician's office
- Handle administrative duties
- Assist in patient care
- Perform accurate medical procedures such as injections, venipuncture, electrocardiograms (EKGs) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived laboratory tests
- Perform administration of ionizing radiation for the medical diagnostic imaging purposes using As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principles
- Provides CPR, first aid and check vital signs
What are potential jobs or employment settings for graduates?
Medical clinical specialists are employed primarily in physician practices and urgent health care centers.
What is the most important or unique thing about this program?
Licensure and certification is required once you graduate. You will be certified for Phlebotomy through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). You will also be certified for Medical Assisting through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Certification testing fees for MA and Phlebotomy certification are included in the program tuition. Certification provides you a better opportunity for employment over non-certified candidates, as well as increases your earning potential. The program utilizes industry-standard laboratories and medical equipment to prepare you in on-campus laboratories, as well as provides you with clinical experience at a local healthcare affiliate. Licensure for the Limited Medical Radiography (LMR) portion of this program is required for you for employment purposes as well. Licensure for LMR graduates is ONLY for the state of Kentucky.
What are good resources for finding out more on this career field?
American Association of Medical Assistants
American Society of Clinical Pathologists
American Medical Technologists
Advance Laboratory Magazine
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Commonwealth of Kentucky Radiation Health Branch
- Associate degree
Lexington Course List
|CCS110||College Success Strategies||2|
|MED171||Medical Law & Ethics||4|
|MED172||Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|MED211||Health & Safety Techniques||3|
|RAD100||Introduction to Radiography||4|
|MED173||Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|RAD102||Introduction to Radiographic Clinical Topics I||3|
|RAD121||Radiographic Positioning I||6|
|MED165||Electronic Records Management||3|
|MED277||Introduction to Medical Coding||3|
|RAD131||Radiographic Positioning II||3|
|LMR300**||Limited Medical Radiography Clinical I||5|
|LMR301**||Limited Medical Radiography Clinical II||7|
|CCS280||Word Processing I||3|
|MED270||Medical Administrative Techniques||3|
|MED274||Medical Assisting Techniques||3|
|PHB216||Phlebotomy Examination Review||3|
|MED212||Medical Lab Techniques||6|
|MED213||Advanced Clinical Skills||3|
|CCS100||Accounting for the Business Office||3|
|CAS278||Clinical Assistant Externship||3|
|MAD296||Medical Administrative Externship||2|
|Total Credit Hours||131|
*Courses subject to change.
Louisville Course List
|110A||College Success Strategies|
|171||Medical Law & Ethics|
|172||Anatomy & Physiology I|
|100||Accounting for Business|
|165||Electronic Records Management|
|173||Anatomy & Physiology II|
|211||Health & Safety Techniques|
|270||Medical Administration Techniques|
|212||Medical Laboratory Procedures|
|213||Advanced Clinical Skills|
|274||Medical Assisting Techniques|
|277||Introduction to Medical Coding|
|280||Word Processing I|
|296||Medical Administrative Practicum|
|The preceding courses complete the Medical Assistant portion of the program.|
|RAD100||Introduction to Radiography|
|RAD102||Introduction to Radiographic Clinical Topics I|
|RAD200||Radiographic Positioning I|
|RAD300||Radiographic Positioning II|
|LMR300||Limited Medical Radiography Clinical I|
|LMR301||Limited Medical Radiography Clinical II|
|LMR400||LMR Certification Review|
|2 Available Options to Complete the Program:
|216||Phlebotomy Examination Review|
|Patient Care Assistant Option:|
|PCA100||Nurse Assistant Skills|
|PCA102||Mental Health, Restorative Aide, and Home Health|
|Total Credit Hours|
*Courses subject to change.