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Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist Certification

Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Program

NAHCEU College of Allied Health features the nations most reputable online health care certification training courses. NAHCEU Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist Certification w/ Stacked Credentials Program is a cost-effective and convenient opportunity for success driven individuals to excel within this allied health profession and to earn the essential credentials to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified EKG Technician and a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

After successful program completion, our students acquire the NAHCEU Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist Certification and will be qualified to take the National Healthcareers Association's CCMA, CET and CPT Stacked Credentials National Certification exams. Your Undergraduate Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist Certification will be a completed educational credential and earned academic credit towards an NAHCEU College of Health Science Associate or Bachelor degree program.

Clinical Medical Assistants are skilled professionals that work in physicians' offices, hospitals, clinics and other health care settings. They work closely with patients and doctors in an occupation that significantly increases productivity in a clinical setting or health care office.

Clinical Medical Assisting

Clinical Medical Assistants have a wide range of roles and responsibilities. The most typical tasks consist of recording medical histories and vital signs, discussing treatment procedures to patients and preparing them for examinations and test procedures. Additionally, Certified Medical Assistants collect and catalogue laboratory specimens, implement standard laboratory tests and assist physicians during examinations. Subsequently, they are responsible for disposal of the contaminated supplies and sterilizing the medical equipment used for testing. Depending on the size of the practice, Clinical Medical Assistants are likely to become office specialist for particular tasks and procedures under the supervision of an administrator, physician or department manager. Some areas of speciality include preparing patients for x-rays, taking electrocardiograms, removal stitches, and replacing dressings. As well as, arranging and administering medications and instructing to the patients the use and dosage per the physicians directions. Clinical Medical Assistants duties are varied according to the State law of the heath care provider's location.


Electrocardiograph ( EKG ) Technicians conduct procedures and manage equipment that tests, monitors and documents electrical activity of a patients' cardiovascular system. These test are used to assist cardiologists and physicians in identifying and treating cardiac and blood vessel abnormalities. These procedures are non-invasive and usually conducted as part of a routine examination before surgical procedures. These types of test include standard electrocardiogram exams, 12-lead placement, cardiac catheterization, Holter monitoring, phonocardiography, stress testing, and vectorcardiography. The tests also detect and diagnose medical illnesses such as coronary artery disease, angina, arrhythmias and pericarditis.


Phlebotomy is a skilled field of clinical practice primarily based around the collecting and proper handling of human specimens and plays a primary role in laboratory testing and patient care. Phlebotomist are health professionals who work under the direction of a physician or licensed health care professional. They collect blood and other specimens from patients and accurately catalog the specimens for specific lab test and to diagnose and monitor health conditions.

Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist

Clinical Medical Assistant Online Program

The NAHCEU Online learning platform is packed full of media-based activities and exercises including educational videos and simulations, collaborative class discussions and interactive activities with the same personalized attention and student-teacher interaction support as a tradition classroom-based education. It is the most intuitive user experience available today for any learning system and you can conveniently utilize it at your leisure 24 hours a day.

  •  Immediate feedback and student instructor interaction with online assignments, quizzes and practice test and progress reports.
  •  Online CCMA Learning Platform: Prepares students for national CCMA certification exams. Checkpoint Questions and student CD exercises correlated to the Learning Outcomes make the learning process interactive and promote increased comprehension. The variety of materials included with the program provides for multiple learning styles and ensures student success.
  •  Students can access all their course materials, including the media-rich online textbook from any mobile phone or home computer.
  •  Combines the right mix of rich functionality and intuitive ease of use to enable rapid and complete clinical and clerical documentation.
  •  Concept Check-ups follow each topic and break down learning outcomes into manageable subject material with unlimited practice before exams and quizzes.
  •  Focal Points and key term definitions appear in the margins throughout the text to spotlight critical data necessary to master end-of-chapter review quizzes.
  •  Certified Medical Assistant CCMA Exam online Study Guide.
  •  Certified Medical Assistant CCMA Exam online Practice Test.
  •  Preparation for Certification boxes provide guidance to students by highlighting crucial content for the NHA (CCMA), CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), and CMAS certification examinations.
Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist

Clinical Medical Assistant Program Required Courses:

(3 Credits) This study course presents a logical understanding of the language of medicine introducing building and utilizing a medical vocabulary through the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms/vowels. Emphasis is placed on correct spelling, pronunciation, and knowing the correct definitions of many medical terms:
  • standard prefixes
  • suffixes
  • word roots
  • rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied
  • including spelling
  • word analysis
  • word building
  • pronunciation
These principles are applied to the study of the following systems :
  • muscle/joints
  • blood and lymphatic
  • nervous
  • integument
  • skeletal
  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular

(3 Credits) This course introduces students to human anatomy and physiology and focuses on the human body as a living, functioning, organism. The emphasis is on how tissues, organs, and body systems work together to carry out complex activities such as eating, learning, and responding to stress. As each of the bodys many parts is described, its interaction with other structures and its role in the organism are discussed.

Modules include biological organization in the human body, anatomical position of the human body, principal regions and cavities of the body, stages of a cells life cycle, functions of the skin, functions of the skeletal system, structure of muscle, central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and structure and function of the main parts of the brain.

(3 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Principles of Asepsis
  • Infection Control Techniques
  • HIV, Hepatitis, and Other Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Preparing the Exam and Treatment Areas
(3 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Interviewing the Patient, Taking a History, and Documentation
  • Obtaining Vital Signs and Measurements
  • Assisting with a General Physical Examination
(3 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Assisting with Examinations in the Basic Specialties
  • Assisting with Highly Specialized Examinations
  • Assisting with Minor Surgery
  • Assisting with Cold and Heat Therapy and Ambulation
  • Emergency Preparedness and First Aid
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(3 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Laboratory Equipment and Safety
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Collecting, Processing, and Testing Urine Specimens
  • Collecting, Processing, and Testing Blood Specimens
(3 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Nutrition and Special Diets
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Drug Administration
  • Electrocardiograph and Pulmonary Function Testing
  • X-Rays and Diagnostic Radiology
(2 Credits) (Optional) Continuing successful completion of this study course is going to require 90 hours of medical and clinical and administrative knowledge at an approved health care setting. Each student is required to work with NAHCEU's Career Center staff to locate an externship site. Begin your search now for the ideal NAHCEU sponsored externship and future job opportunities with NAHCEU's Career Center.

Clinical Medical Assistant Certification

NAHCEU Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist Undergraduate Certification tells your employer that you have receive the highest standards of Clinical Medical Assistant education and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. Our graduates receive the highest levels of credentials recognition required to pursue jobs in the high demanding field of Medical Assisting. After program completion your Medical Assistant Clinical Specialization Certification will be a stand-alone educational credential. It will also be an earned academic credit towards other certification or degree programs.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant National Certifications CCMA

NAHCEU is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Health Career Association, Inc. After program completion, students will be qualified to take the National Healthcareers Association's Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Electrocardiograph Technician and Certified Phlebotomy Technician National Certification exams.

NAHCEU is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Health Career Association, Inc. After program completion, students will be qualified to take the National Healthcareers Association's Certified Clinical Medical Assistant CCMA National Certification exam.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor states that The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits the following certifications for medical assistants:
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant CCMA from the National health career Association (NHA)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant CMAA from the National health career Association (NHA)
  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants(AAMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing

NAHCEU is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Healthcareers Association, Inc.

In order to qualify as a candidate for NAHCEU Sponsored Certification Testing an individual must obtain one of the following:

  • NAHCEU Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist Undergraduate Certification
  • Be confirmed as a graduate of a recognized Medical Assistant Program or School.
  • Confirmed employment by a medical facility as a Medical Assistant for a minimum of 2 years.
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Clinical Medical Assistant Careers

Medical assistants held about 560,800 jobs in 2012. Most of these assistants work in physicians’ offices and other health care facilities. In 2012, more than half of all medical assistants worked in physicians’ offices.

The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of health care providers, could lead to an increased need for Medical Assistant Clinical Specialists to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the health care industry.

Prospects will be best for those with a Medical Assistant certification. As EHR systems continue to become more common, Medical Assistant Clinical Specialists with computer skills will be needed to use them. Most Medical Assistant Clinical Specialists work in hospitals or physicians’ offices. Others work in nursing care facilities or for government entities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage for medical assistants was $29,370 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,080, and the top 10 percent earned more than $41,570.


Adapted in part from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Medical Assistants (visited January 20, 2015).

Online Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Program Tuition Rates:

NAHCEU will accept transfer credit for traditional course work you have successfully completed as documented on an official transcript. Courses must be similar in nature to our academic programs to receive transfer credit. online course ware, ebooks and all associated fees are included in the price of tuition. Optional textbook hardcopy purchased separately.

All Tracks Online Learning Platform
Cost Per Credit $54
Core Credits 6 credits
Tuition Cost $324.00
Major Credits 15 credits
Tuition Cost $810.00
Externship 2 credits
Tuition Cost $108.00

Tuition Compared To The Top Online Colleges

The highest quality standards of education comparable to the top online colleges. You pay significantly less per credit at NAHCEU.

Comparable Colleges Undergraduate Tuition Cost Per Credit
Cost Per Credit Comparable Online Schools $250 - $609
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