Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Program

NAHCEU College of Allied Health

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Medical Assistants

Quick Facts: Medical Assistants
2012 Median Pay $29,370 per year
$14.12 per hour
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 560,800
Job Outlook, 2012-22 29% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 162,900

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.

Work Schedules

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

Clinical Duties
  • Asepsis and infection control
  • Taking patient histories and vital signs
  • Performing first aid and CPR
  • Preparing patients for procedures
  • Assisting the physician with examinations and treatments
  • Collecting and processing specimens
  • Performing selected diagnostic tests
  • Preparing/administering medications under physician direction

Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.

Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing medical assistants' jobs. More and more physicians are adopting EHRs, moving all their patient information online. Assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under a physician's supervision. In larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work.

Administrative medical assistants often fill out insurance forms or code patients’ medical information. They often answer telephones and schedule patient appointments. Assistants may work closely with hospital administrators and laboratory services. Some assistants buy and store supplies and equipment for the office.

Clinical medical assistants have different duties, depending on the state where they work. They may do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They may have additional responsibilities, such as instructing patients about medication or special diets, preparing patients for x rays, removing stitches, drawing blood, or changing dressings.

Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Program

High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Medical assistants typically graduate from post-secondary education programs, and employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs. Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community and junior colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job.

There are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states. Some states require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both to do advanced tasks, such as taking x rays and giving injections.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, medical assistants are not required to be certified. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. Some require the assistant to pass an exam, and others require graduation from an accredited program. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

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 five 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

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 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/health care/medical-assistants.htm (visited February 22, 2014).

Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Program

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.

Prospects will be best for those with a Medical Assistant certification.

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to do both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the health care industry. In addition, federal health legislation will expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance, increasing patient access to medical care.

Additional demand also is expected because of new and changing tasks for medical assistants as part of the medical team. As more and more physicians’ practices switch to electronic health records (EHRs), medical assistants’ job responsibilities will continue to change. Assistants will need to become familiar with EHR computer software, including maintaining EHR security and analyzing electronic data, to improve health care information.

Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22 is as follows:

Medical assistants 29%
Other health care support occupations 29%
Total, all occupations 11%

Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics.


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 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/health care/medical-assistants.htm (visited February 22, 2014).

Clinical Medical Assistant Program Features

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.


NAHCEU Online Program Features:

  • Immediate feedback and student instructor interaction with online assignments, quizzes and practice test and progress reports.
  • Students can access all their course materials, including the media-rich online textbook from any mobile phone or home computer.
  • NAHCEU Online CCMA Learning Platform with Ebook w/ Text Hard Copy.
  • Preparation for Certification boxes provide guidance to students by highlighting crucial content for the NHA (NCCA), CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), and CMAS certification examinations.
  • Certified Medical Assistant CCMA Exam online Study Guide.
  • Certified Medical Assistant CCMA Exam online Practice Test.
  • 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.

Clinical Medical Assistant Required Courses:

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 one of our undergraduate academic programs to receive transfer credit.
Major:
(4 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Principles of Asepsis
  • Infection Control Techniques
  • HIV, Hepatitis, and Other Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Preparing the Exam and Treatment Areas
  • (4 Credits)
    Learning Outcomes:
    • Interviewing the Patient, Taking a History, and Documentation
    • Obtaining Vital Signs and Measurements
    • Assisting with a General Physical Examination
    (4 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
    (4 Credits)
    Learning Outcomes:
    • Laboratory Equipment and Safety
    • Introduction to Microbiology
    • Collecting, Processing, and Testing Urine Specimens
    • Collecting, Processing, and Testing Blood Specimens
    (4 Credits)
    Learning Outcomes:
    • Nutrition and Special Diets
    • Principles of Pharmacology
    • Drug Administration
    • Electrocardiograph and Pulmonary Function Testing
    • X-Rays and Diagnostic Radiology
    Successful completion of this study course may required working with NAHCEU's Career Center staff to locate an externship site to obtain hands on clinical experience at an approved health care setting. Begin your search now for the ideal NAHCEU sponsored externship and future job opportunities by using NAHCEU's Career Center's Jobs Board

    NAHCEU Clinical Medical Assistant Diploma

    NAHCEU Diploma tells your employer that you have receive the highest standards of education and credentials recognition and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. Our graduates receive the highest levels of continuing education and credentials recognition required to pursue jobs in the high demanding field of Medical Assisting. After program completion your 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 CCMA National Certification

    NAHCEU Clinical Medical Assistant Diploma program meets the requirements of the certifying bodies through which you can become a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant and gives you an edge when applying for jobs. The NAHCEU Diploma tells your employer that you have receive the highest standards of education and credentials recognition and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field.

    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.

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

    • NAHCEU Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Diploma CCMA Diploma
    • 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.

    Clinical Medical Assistant Degree and Certification

    We strive to be the best online educational experience for health care professionals by delivering the highest quality standards of online health education at the most affordable tuition rates. All associated fees are included in the price of tuition.

    All Tracks Online Learning Platform
    Cost Per Credit $63
    Number of Major Credits 20 credits
    Total Tuition Cost $1,259.00

    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
    NAHCEU $63
    Cost Per Credit Comparable Online Schools $250 - $609

    NAHCEU offers 8 semester start dates per academic term giving you the convenience and flexibility to blend your continuing educational goals with your work and life schedule. You can conveniently utilize the NAHCEU technology based on-line learning platform at your leisure 24 hours a day. Start Next Semesters Online Health Education program anytime before the Enrollment Deadline.

    September 1

    2014 September Bi-Semester Start Date
    September 1, 2014
    Enrollment Deadline
    August 29, 2014

    October 6

    2014 October Semester Start Date
    October 6, 2014
    Enrollment Deadline
    October 3, 2014

    November 17

    2014 November Bi-Semester Start Date
    November 17, 2014
    Enrollment Deadline
    November 14, 2014

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