Clinical Medical Assistant ( CMA)

Clinical Medical Assistant


Become a Clinical Medical Assistant to Work Alongside MDs, PAs, and NPs

The Clinical Medical Assistant Program is a comprehensive course that will teach students the knowledge and skills to assist a physician in various aspects of health care. CMAs assist with medical procedures, perform basic lab tests, administer medications, implement treatments, and explain basic care to patients.

Upon successful completion of the CMA program, students may take the NCMA Exam to become a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant. Students must register and pass two courses prior to registering for the Externship. All courses must be completed with a grade of 75% or higher to receive a certificate.

CMAs may be tasked with:

  • Assisting during exams
  • Administering medications
  • "Chaperoning” in gender-sensitive settings
  • Checking vital signs
  • Collecting specimens
  • Reviewing patient history
  • "Rooming” the patient
  • Specific Activities for the practice setting
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Taking skeletal x-rays under a doctor's supervision

ACC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program offers a comprehensive learning experience through classroom instruction followed by an off-site externship. Designed for busy adults, classes are held in the evenings or on Saturdays.

Program Description

The CMA program includes 144 hours of classroom lecture. General topics in the program include: basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; basic medical diseases; proper communication, documentation and procedure for working with patients; wound care; basic first aid; specimen collection; basic pharmacology and medication administration; basic patient education protocol; how to obtain an EKG; customer service, resume writing and working with difficult individuals.

After successfully passing the classroom component of the two courses, students will be assigned to an externship site to to complete 160 hours working alongside a practicing Medical Assistant or nurse to hone new found skills. Students work with the instructor for proper placement at a location preferable to the student when possible.


Courses Required

Procedures in a Clinical Setting - 96 Hours
Students will learn how to assist with routine and specialty office examinations. Students will learn the skills needed in the clinical medical assisting profession including, patient rooming, vital signs, collecting and testing specimen,EKG, proper techniques and safety concepts when administering oral and injectable medications, and the daily operations of the medical office. Must enroll simultaneously in CEMDCA 1013 Medical Terminology Internet course. Must pass both CEMDCA 1017 and CEMDCA 1013 with a grade of 75 or higher to enroll in CEMDCA 1060 (Externship course).

Medical Terminology - 48 Hours
Online Medical Terminology class will include the study and practical application of a medical vocabulary system. This course will also cover essential anatomy to give the student a better understanding of the terminology they are learning. It will include body systems, structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, and medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots and combining forms. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology course is required for either the Medical Administrative Assistant program or the Clinical Medical Assistant program. HS diploma/GED transcript. TEXTBOOK REQUIRED.

Externship - 160 Hours
Some externship sites may require Drug Screens, an additional Background Check or preparation prior to externship at their facility. The student will be responsible for these costs associated with the externship requirements and are not included in the current externship tuition because the requirements will differ from site to site.


Admissions Requirements

For admission to the ACC CMA program, students must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have a basic understanding of computers and access to email

  • Have a current AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers certification (offered at ACC) prior to externship

  • Have a current negative TB test prior to externship

  • Complete the CEWD Healthcare Application.

Financial aid is available to qualifying students: Learn more


Upcoming Classes

Medical Terminology


Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEMDCA 1013 IN01 08/21/19 - 12/11/19 TBA TBA Internet C Jones

Tuition: IN $600 OD $620 Other Fees $10.56

Procedures in a Clinical Setting

Alvin Campus

Course No. Date Time Day Room Instructor
CEMDCA 1017 AC01  08/19/19 - 12/09/19   06:00PM - 09:00PM MT H108 S. Archer

Tuition: IN $1500 OD $1520 Other Fees $102.52