Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA)
students at the Academy at Ward Technical Center in Riverhead and Milliken
Technical Center in Oakdale hosted separate Healthy Heart Clinics in February servicing
over 300 clients. They practiced the skills they are learning such as
monitoring body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure.
They also conducted glucose and cholesterol testing.
Each student was assessed by their
teacher on whether they followed safety precautions, and if they documented and
explained results to the client. CMA Teacher Betty Martin said, “Students were also
required to research and create an informational pamphlet on healthy heart
practices or on diseases or heart conditions like pericarditis and
endocarditis.” The pamphlets were offered to the clients at the conclusion of
The CMA course encompasses
anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical and laboratory
procedures, as well as medical law and ethics.
CMA Teacher in Riverhead Michelle
Burton shared that the students participate in local clinical internships and
may attain national certification from the Certified Health Professionals. “Hosting
a Healthy Heart Clinic and offering services to agency staff, administrators,
and students enrolled in other programs, allows the CMA students to practice
their skills they will use working in the health care industry,” said Burton.