Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED equivalent.
The Clinical Medical Assistant course is designed to prepare you for an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train you to assist physicians while covering important topics such as phlebotomy, pharmacology, medication use and administration, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology, and more.
To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140-hour program, submit to a thorough background check and drug screening, and meet other requirements. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. Once you’ve earned our certificate of completion, this certificate qualifies you to take the national exams. This exam is separate from our program, and costs an estimated $140.
This program is presented in partnership with a third-party provider and is not taught by California State University, Long Beach faculty. The course is not offered for academic credit and is not degree-eligible.
This course is offered in two separate delivery formats. One is the hybrid online format, which has asynchronous online curriculum, live online Zoom lectures with an instructor in real time, and seven in-person hands-on lab session classes that are held on campus.
The second delivery method is a fully online program that does not meet live or in person. This self-paced program has a program coordinator to answer any questions you may have as you complete the program on your own time frame.
Clinical externship opportunities are available for both versions of the program at a local healthcare provider of your choosing at the completion of the program.
- Introduction to Medical Assisting
- The Clinical Environment
- Diagnostic Testing in the Medical Office
- Assisting with Medications and IV Therapy
- Assisting with Medical Specialties
- Diagnostic Procedures
- Assisting with Surgeries
- Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology and The 12-Lead Electrocardiography
- Phlebotomy and Point of Care Testing
- Lab Skills
- Clinical Externship
The instructors for these programs will be industry professionals with working knowledge and experience in the local field. Most instructors have at least 7 years of practical work, often times entering the classroom after decades in the field. Along with their hands-on experience, instructors bring to the classroom formal teaching and/or field training experience.
The Clinical Medical Assistant instructor is experienced in working and training in the fields of nursing and/or medical assisting, and is prepared to instruct on all aspects of the NHA-CCMA exam.