About the Program
Prepare for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam
In this online clinical medical assistant certification course, you will learn a broad range of skills that make medical assistants versatile and valuable, including medical terminology, medical law and ethics, HIPAA rules, scheduling systems, and the importance of certified clinical medical assistants as healthcare team members. You will also be prepared to perform duties from the front office to the back office. These duties include measuring vital signs, assisting with exams, performing laboratory testing, maintaining equipment and supplies, administering injections, obtaining blood specimens, scheduling appointments, registering patients, and answering and returning phone calls.
You will also learn medical terms and their application as part of your medical assistant training. You will start by learning the origins of medical words and how to recognize prefixes and suffixes used in medical terminology. Then you will learn about the body as a whole and how to differentiate cells, tissues, organs, systems, and cavities. Next, you will learn to define and describe the function of each system of the human body. This knowledge will help you take the next step in your medical career or education.
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Program Outcomes
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).
The online medical assistant certification course also includes the opportunity to become CPR certified and participate in an unpaid clinical experience. Because employers recognize that certified medical assistants deliver greater value, completing the course will help you to be well-prepared to find your place in this rewarding healthcare career. You will also be able to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
This CCMA certification course includes a voucher which covers the fee for the exam. However, please research your state’s requirements by visiting your state’s Medical Board site before enrolling to ensure this course is the right fit for you.
Disclaimer: To qualify for the unpaid clinical experience applications process, students must successfully complete the online course and have account balances up to date (at a minimum). Going through the clinical experience application process does not guarantee a placement. However, affiliated partnerships increase the likelihood of finding a site that matches student needs. COVID may be affecting the capacity of availability in your area. Students can begin researching the steps of the application process 2 weeks prior to completing courses.
There are no prerequisites to complete this course.
Registration and Enrollment
This course is 100% online. You can start at anytime.
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.
Certification Testing, Tuition, & Assistance
- Tuition for the course is $2795.00.
- Tuition assistance and paid training for this program is available through VSAC. Visit their website to complete the online VSAC application to find out if you qualify.
- 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 in an ambulatory setting.
- Know the standards for ethical behavior, therapeutic communication, protecting the privacy of patient information
- Understand the importance of a first impression and a safe office environment
- Summarize the HIPAA Privacy Rule and HIPAA Security Rule
- Demonstrate basic medical terminology knowledge
- Discuss government and private insurances
- 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
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.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics concurs with the NHA estimate. Its data 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.
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant FAQs
WHAT DOES A CERTIFIED CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT (CCMA) JOB INVOLVE?
According to NHA, certified clinical medical assistants serve in a variety of functions that combine office operations and patient procedures. CCMA’s may coordinate patient scheduling, facilitate office visits and manage patient records, including Electronic Health Records (EHR). They may also assist with exams and procedures such as EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures.
ARE CCMAs THE SAME AS CNAs?
While CCMAs may serve in a variety of roles in the healthcare setting, including office processes, clinical procedures and patient management, Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs) work full-time with patients and may help with basic care activities such as dressing, bathing, and moving patients while they are under medical care.
DO CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANTS NEED CERTIFICATION?
The healthcare environment operates on the basis of professionalism, precision and dedication to patient welfare. Medical assistant certification may be required for many jobs. Earning a certification such as the CCMA establishes a medical assistant as a caring, responsible professional who has undergone a study and assessment program to validate their credentials.
IN WHAT FACILITIES DO CCMAs WORK?
CCMAs commonly work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities, according to the BLS.