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Prepare for the CCMA Exam

Clinical medical assistants combine clinical and procedural knowledge, working across the domain of healthcare 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

Online Clinical Medical Assistant Training FAQs

According to NHA, certified clinical medical assistants serve in a variety of functions that combine office operations and patient procedures. CCMAs 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.

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.

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.

CCMAs commonly work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities, according to the BLS.

Online Clinical Medical Assistant Training Objectives

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take the course.
You have 12 months of access to this course.


  • Introduction to Medical Terminology
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Lymphatic and Immune System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
  • The Integumentary System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • Diagnostics Procedures, Nuclear Medicine and Pharmacology
  • Becoming a Medical Assistant
  • Managing Stress and Improving Communication
  • Law, Ethics and Healthcare
  • Improving Your Medical Office
  • Computers in the Ambulatory Care Setting
  • Telecommunications and Patient Scheduling
  • Enhancing the Patient Experience
  • Managing Medical Records
  • Written Communications
  • Working with Medical Documents
  • Medical Billing and Coding: An Overview
  • Daily Financial Practices
  • The Administrative Medical Assistant as Office Manager
  • Major Body systems
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition and Special Diets
  • The Chief Complaint and Patient History
  • Recording Vital Signs
  • The Physical Examination
  • Specialty Exams and Procedures
  • Medical Asepsis and Infection Control
  • Surgical Asepsis and Sterilization
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Assisting with Minor Office Surgeries
  • Introduction to the Medical Laboratory
  • Basic Microbiology
  • Introduction to Phlebotomy
  • Basic Hematology
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Administering Noninjectable Medications
  • Basic Guidelines For Administration of Injections
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Rehabilitation and Treatment Modalities
  • First Aid Techniques
  • Emergencies In The Medical Office


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 10 years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

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