Eight graduate from Natchez CCMA program
Graduates include Breonna Anderson of Fayette, MS; Aretha Berry of Magee, MS; Deroslyn Cooper and Linda Duck of Natchez, MS; Victoria Johnese of Vidalia, LA; Demetrace Mays of Port Gibson, MS; and Imani Overby of Mendenhall, MS.
NATCHEZ - Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Education division recently graduated eight students from the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) non-credit training program. Enrollees started the ten-month session in January 2022 at Co-Lin Natchez Campus and now possess the skills to provide both clinical and administrative support to a diverse variety of healthcare providers.
Healthcare facilities seek employees with diverse skill sets, and this training program provides just that to participants. Students learn to work alongside doctors and nurses to administer medications, obtain laboratory specimens, assist with minor procedures, perform electrocardiograms, provide patient education, record vital signs, administer injections, and execute administrative office tasks. These responsibilities require knowledge in areas such as, medical terminology, basic pharmacology, nutrition, psychology, anatomy and physiology, clinical patient care, infection control, testing and laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, patient care coordination and education, administrative assistant skills, and medical law and ethics.
The Co-Lin Workforce CCMA program involves not only classroom learning but also computer lab studies, hands-on learning, and clinical rotations. Once training is successfully completed, students will be eligible to test for the National Healthcareer Association CCMA National Board exam for licensure.
The next session of Workforce CCMA training starts in March of 2023. Anyone interested should start the application process by downloading the packet from www.colin.edu/ccma or by calling 601.643.8707. A High School Diploma or High School Equivalency/GED is required for enrollment. Participants must also take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment and earn a silver level or greater National Career Readiness Certificate. Further requirements are outlined in the application packet.