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Medical Programs

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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

If you’d like to learn more about Spencerian’s Medical Clinical Specialties program, request more information or if you’re ready to get started, enroll today!

Degrees Offered

  • Associate degree

Campus

  • Lexington
  • Louisville

Program Success Lexington Campus
Program Success Louisville Campus

Course List

Lexington Course List

Class Title Hours
CCS110 College Success Strategies 2
MED171 Medical Law & Ethics 4
MED172 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
MED176 Medical Terminology 4
MED211 Health & Safety Techniques 3
RAD100 Introduction to Radiography 4
CCS121 English I 4*
MED173 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
RAD102 Introduction to Radiographic Clinical Topics I 3
LMR201 Radiographic Imaging 4
CCS293 Personal Psychology 4*
RAD121 Radiographic Positioning I 6
CCS130 Keyboarding 5
CCS123 College Mathematics 4*
MED165 Electronic Records Management 3
MED277 Introduction to Medical Coding 3
RAD131 Radiographic Positioning II 3
LMR400 Certification Review 3
LMR300** Limited Medical Radiography Clinical I 5
LMR301** Limited Medical Radiography Clinical II 7
CCS122 English II 4*
CCS280 Word Processing I 3
MED270 Medical Administrative Techniques 3
MED274 Medical Assisting Techniques 3
PHB214 Phlebotomy Techniques 6
PHB216 Phlebotomy Examination Review 3
MED177 Pharmacology/Laboratory Terminology 4
MED178 Medical Insurance 3
MED212 Medical Lab Techniques 6
MED213 Advanced Clinical Skills 3
CCS100 Accounting for the Business Office 3
CCS245 Career Development 2
CAS278 Clinical Assistant Externship 3
MAD296 Medical Administrative Externship 2
PHB279 Phlebotomy Externship 4
Total Credit Hours 131

*Courses subject to change.

Louisville Course List

Class Title
Credit Hours
110A College Success Strategies
2
121 English I
4
130 Keyboarding
5
151 College Mathematics
4
171 Medical Law & Ethics
4
172 Anatomy & Physiology I
4
176 Medical Terminology
4
177 Pharmacology/Laboratory Terminology
4
100 Accounting for Business
3
122 English II
4
165 Electronic Records Management
3
173 Anatomy & Physiology II
4
211 Health & Safety Techniques
3
270 Medical Administration Techniques
3
293 Personal Psychology
4
178 Medical Insurance
3
212 Medical Laboratory Procedures
6
213 Advanced Clinical Skills
3
245A Career Development
2
274 Medical Assisting Techniques
3
277 Introduction to Medical Coding
3
278 Clinical Practicum
3
280 Word Processing I
3
296 Medical Administrative Practicum
2
  The preceding courses complete the Medical Assistant portion of the program.  
RAD100 Introduction to Radiography
4
RAD102 Introduction to Radiographic Clinical Topics I
3
RAD200 Radiographic Positioning I
9
RAD300 Radiographic Positioning II
4
LMR201 Radiographic Imaging
4
LMR300 Limited Medical Radiography Clinical I
5
LMR301 Limited Medical Radiography Clinical II
7
LMR400 LMR Certification Review
3
  2 Available Options to Complete the Program:

Phlebotomy Option:
 
214 Phlebotomy Techniques
6
216 Phlebotomy Examination Review
3
279 Phlebotomy Externship
4
  Patient Care Assistant Option:  
PCA100 Nurse Assistant Skills
5
PCA102 Mental Health, Restorative Aide, and Home Health
8
  Total Credit Hours
135

*Courses subject to change.