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Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers Offers Medical Assistant, CNA Courses

By Christian Meagher on 10/17/2022

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is accepting applications for their late fall semesters in the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) programs.

The CNA program will start Nov.7. The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant is looking for applicants for an upcoming semester.

The six-week CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The CNA course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, restorative care and CPR certification. Students will practice hands on skills prior to attending their clinical experience. The program’s clinical experience will be at a long term stay facility but in addition at Griffin Hospital from 7 am -3:30 p.m. totaling 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the certification exam for a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut.

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program runs for 28 weeks with classes five days a week from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., including 160 clinical hours at Griffin Faculty Physicians’ primary care offices and specialty offices such as gastroenterology, OB-GYN, surgical, and cardiology.

The program prepares students to become multi-skilled healthcare professionals that specialize in outpatient settings. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Graduates of this program may find entry-level positions in medical offices, clinics, urgent care centers, and may work in general medicine or specialty practices. This program also provides the diversity of other job options in the hospital or laboratory setting.

Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED and is proficient in the English language may apply for admission. The COVID 19 vaccination series and booster is required prior to enrollment. Early application is encouraged for all courses, as space is limited. For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.