Clinical Medical Assistant program offered at Pellissippi State

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Employment in all occupations is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, with some areas experiencing more than double that rate. Health-care support occupations, for instance, are expected to expand by 25 percent, while the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent during the next seven years.

To meet the needs of area students seeking entry into the field, Pellissippi State Community College’s non-credit division is offering the Clinical Medical Assistant program, a series of Saturday-only classes that begin in March.

Consisting of 134 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours of medical office externship, the total program is designed to be completed in only five months. Students who successfully finish the course are prepared to sit for national certification exams such as the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association or the exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing.

Pellissippi State is providing the program in collaboration with Boston Reed, a private educational institution based in California. Boston Reed, which has provided health-care training for more than 20 years, has 125 locations nationwide.

Students will gain practical experience in such skills as assisting with patient exams and minor surgery, taking patients’ vital signs, performing lab tests, administering medications, and conducting electrocardiography evaluations.

The series prepares participants to assist physicians in settings such as offices and clinics. The fee for the Pellissippi State offering is $2,995. Financial assistance, including payment plans, credit-based loans and scholarships, is available through Boston Reed:

The Clinical Medical Assistant program is being offered through Pellissippi State’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services. Early registration is encouraged.

Classes meet on Saturdays, March 9-June 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hardin Valley Campus. Externship placement is guaranteed by Boston Reed and will be discussed with students upon enrollment.

For information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.