Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Course

In-Person/Online Hybrid Course with 160-Hour Clinical Externship

Offered during Spring, Summer and Fall Terms

This course prepares medical assistant students to perform patient clinical skills in the medical office setting. Students perform clinical procedures including administering medications, assisting with minor surgery, performing an electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients and maintaining clinical equipment in an ambulatory care setting.

  • Tuition: $2,599
    Includes 160-hour clinical externship and all textbooks and materials
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  • Contact: For more information, advising and in-depth course questions, call (888) 963-5967
  • General Information: Email Isabel Seiden

This course will provide the necessary training and skills required to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. This course requires 140 classroom hours (lecture and labs). A 160-hour clinical externship is recommended but not required for the course. Students must successfully complete the 140-hour classroom requirement to be eligible to participate in the 160-hour clinical externship rotation.

This comprehensive Clinical Medical Assistant course provides training in the following areas:

  • Function of the clinical medical assistant in a medical office
  • Introduction to health care facilities
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy of each of the body systems to include the heart, conduction system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects and work ethics
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • Phone in prescriptions to various pharmacies
  • Confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Take patient medical histories
  • Update patient medical files
  • Instruct patients on proper usage of medications
  • Vital signs and documentation
  • Phlebotomy including venipuncture and capillary sampling
  • Collecting non-blood specimens and point of care testing
  • Performing 12 lead EKGs, EKGstrip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)
  • Prepare and assist with medical examinations
  • Take blood pressure and body temperatures
  • Apply sterile dressings
  • Prepare patients for X-rays
  • Perform various injections
  • Perform peripheral IVs
  • Administer oral medications
  • Aseptic technique and infection prevention
  • Assist with minor surgeries proper use and disposal of biohazards

People who are interested in becoming a Clinical Medical Assistant must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Advanced fluency in English for non-native English speakers is recommended.

What Students Say

“Ms. Tera Clemons is really great at teaching the material for medical assisting. She summarizes the material concisely and highlights the important points. She shows videos and draws out images for those who are more visual learners. She also encourages us during our EKG and blood draw training. She gives us suggestions on ways we can improve performing an EKG and blood draws so that we can improve as we practice from class to class.”

“[Christina Williams] is an absolutely wonderful instructor. She is very patient and hands-on. Anytime I needed help she took the time to assist. Explained lecture throughly.”

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