Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Course


Spring 2022

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In-Person Course with 160-Hour Clinical Externship
Offered during Spring, Summer & 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.


Quick Facts

  • Tuition: $2,599
    Includes 160-hour clinical externship and all textbooks and materials
  • Select Class: See Class Schedule
  • Register: See Register & Pay
  • Contact: For more information, advising and in-depth course questions, call (888) 963-5967
  • General Information: Email De N. Vaughn


CMA Course Information

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) 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

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.


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