Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

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Clinical medical assistants combine clinical and procedural knowledge, working across the domain of health care facilities to aid inpatient treatments and clinical operations. They are tasked with working directly with patients and supporting the work of doctors and other health care professionals. The 100% online course will prepare you to work as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), designated by the National Healthcare Career Association (NHA).

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Job Outlook for Certified Clinical Medical Assistants
The healthcare field offers one of the leading areas of opportunities for career growth today. Within healthcare, medical assistants are among the most in-demand professionals. NHA estimates that job openings for medical assistants are increasing by 9-15% each year and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates job opportunities for medical assistants will grow by 23% overall by 2028. This is four times the expected average growth for all jobs. Medical assistants earn $34,800 per year, or $16.73 per hour on average, according to BLS data.

Course Objectives

  • Prepare to take and earn the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam
  • Learn the skills necessary to function as a member of the healthcare team
  • Know the standards for ethical behavior, communication, and protecting patient information
  • Demonstrate basic medical terminology knowledge
  • Identify the functions of the major body systems
  • Demonstrate how to write a chief complaint and obtain a patient history
  • Discuss the importance of medical and surgical asepsis
  • Explain the information contained in different types of medical records
  • Identify the three methods used to perform venipuncture

  • Medical Terminology
  • Skills for managing the medical office
  • Laws & Ethics
  • Technology for the medical office
  • Managing Medical Records
  • An Overview of Medical Billing and Coding
  • Major Body Systems
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition and Dietary Restrictions
  • Conducting the patient interview and exam
  • Preparing and sterilizing medical/surgical instruments
  • Medical Laboratory Procedures
  • Intro to Microbiology
  • Phlebotomy & Hematology
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Administering medications
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Rehabilitation and Treatment Techniques
  • Handling Medical Emergencies and First Aid


  • Nancy Smith 
Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs. 


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Clinical Medical Assistant FAQs


WHAT DOES A CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT DO?Clinical medical assistants complete a variety of functions including patient scheduling, managing patient records, or assisting with routine procedures. ARE CCMAs THE SAME AS CNAs?No, CCMAs serve in a variety of clinical and administrative roles while Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) work full-time with patient care including dressing, bathing, and moving patients. IS CERTIFICATION REQUIRED TO WORK AS A CMA?While certification is not required to work as a CMA, many employers prefer to hire certified individuals as it validates a candidate's credentials. IN WHAT FACILITIES DO CCMAs WORK?CCMAs commonly work in hospitals, physicians' offices, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities, according to the BLS. WHEN DOES A CMA TYPICALLY WORK?It depends on the office, some work 9-5 while CMA's in an urgent care facility may be required to work evenings and weekends. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A CMA?Short certificate programs last a couple of months while longer associates programs may take 2 years.