Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Certificate Course with 160-Hour Clinical Externship

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New Daytime Course Starts 9/16

Complete the Clinical Medical Assistant course in less than three months. Register today!

Online Class

Online Class

This class is also offered online! See CMA Online for more information.


CMA Certificate Course
Offered during Spring, Summer & Fall Terms Only

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.

Medical assistants perform routine clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. Clinical duties may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises. They instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for X-rays, take electrocardiograms and change dressings.

Clinical Medical Assistant - Employment & Education

Upon successful completion of the Clinical Medical Assistant course you will have the skills necessary to gain employment in a number of capacities. Job opportunities will be prevalent in physician's offices, clinics, chiropractor's offices and outpatient facilities. The occupational outlook handbook, states that employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average.

Quick Facts

  • Tuition: $2,599
    Includes 160-hour clinical externship, and all textbooks and materials to be distributed by instructor on first day of class and throughout the term.
  • How to Enroll: See Register & Pay
    Course offered during spring, summer and fall terms.
  • Contact: For more information, advising and in-depth course questions, please call 888.963.5967.
  • General Course Information: Email Jenifer Graff.

Educational Requirements

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.

Clinical Medical Assistant - Detailed Course Information

This course will provide the necessary training and skills required to challenge the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. This course requires 140 classroom hours (lecture and labs) and a clinical externship. 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, EKG strip 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
  • Proper use and disposal of biohazards

Certificate of Completion Request

Once you have completed the necessary coursework, submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form: