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It Feels Sweet to Have a Healthy Heart

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.

CMA student practicing screening for glucose on male student.   Healthy Heart Clinic at WTC CMA student weighing a client.  CMA taking the blood pressure of another student. Group shot of students doing glucose and cholesterol screening.

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 examination.

CMA give big heart signs for healthy heart clients.   CMA students have heart!

The CMA course encompasses anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical and laboratory procedures, as well as medical law and ethics.

CTE Director Arnold gets screening done by CMA student.   CMA student hands out lollipops after screenings.

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.