Prepare for the CCMA Exam

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.

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This 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

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.


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.

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 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


Andrea Zaph

Andrea Zaph is a licensed Medical Technologist with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction.  Zaph worked in the health care field for 20 years before beginning her career in education in 2010 where she worked as a Health Informatics Instructor, a Patient Care Technician Program Director, an Academic Supervisor, and the Principal of the STEM Academy of Lawrence County at Collins Career Technical Center.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program at Shawnee State University and also serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the MLT program. To maintain knowledge of current lab practices procedures in the medical field, Zaph works as a Medical Technologist at King's Daughters Ohio on a contingent basis.

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Start anytime. All coursework is online, at your own pace. No clinical experience? SSU will connect you with a healthcare facility to complete the clinical components giving you the confidence to work directly with patients.

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