Self-Paced Online Clinical Medical Assistant

Certificate Program

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, with 140 hours of online curriculum and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider chosen by you. 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. 

Please Note

This course offering is 100% online in a self-paced format. It has asynchronous online curriculum that is complimented by a program coordinator to assist you with any questions you may have as you go through the self-paced online course.

(Click here to learn more about our separate hybrid version of this course, which combines online curriculum with live Zoom lectures in real time and several in-person lab sessions held on campus.) 

  • Independent and disciplined students who are self-motivated to finish the curriculum at their own pace.
  • Individuals interested in working in medical offices or other healthcare facilities
  • How to prepare patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, and diagnostic testing
  • HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of healthcare, and office and patient care-related regulatory issues
  • Recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressure, and other patient care items related to a physician's office visit
  • Review and administration of medications, allergies, and other pharmacology items
  • Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, and the proper techniques to collect specimens for laboratory analysis
  • Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12-lead EKG
  • Successful completion of the 140-hour self-paced online curriculum to be eligible to receive the CSULB CMA certificate.


This course offers open enrollments—just enroll and start when you are ready!