The Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) is a member of the healthcare team working under the direct supervision of a Physician, Registered Nurse, or Physician’s Assistant. The Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) is prepared to work in a physician’s office primarily in the back office, actually assisting the doctor in taking vital signs, patient history, patient assessments, documenting the patient’s chief complaints, sterilizing, disinfecting, assisting with minor office surgery, patient education, medications, phoning in prescriptions, performing EKG(s), venipuncture(s), collecting specimens for various laboratory tests, preparing the exam rooms and patients for examinations, performing emergency medical procedures, sterile dressing changes, making appointments, referring to proper community resources, and disposing of biohazard waste properly. The Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) knows how to communicate with the patient, family members, and all members of the healthcare team in a professional manner.

Content includes, but is not limited to:

  • Basic Medical Office Administration
  • Patient History
  • Assist With Physical Examinations
  • Medical Documentation & Recording
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Nutrition
  • Knowledge of CLIA and OSHA Guidelines
  • Pediatric Care
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Prenatal Care
  • Gynecology
  • Pharmacology
  • Reproductive Health
  • Minor Office Surgery
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Prepare Patients & Examination Rooms
  • Phlebotomy & Hematology
  • Blood Chemistry & Serology
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Perform Venipunctures & Injections
  • Catheterizations
  • Patient Education
  • Infection Control & Universal Precautions
  • Medical Vocabulary
  • Medical Terminology
  • Abbreviations & Symbols
  • Intro Anatomy & Physiology
  • Radiology
  • Urinalysis
  • Prescription Writing
  • Emergency Medical Procedures
  • CPR
  • Knowledge of Medications, Drug Calculations, and Medication Administration
  • Effective communication with patient, family, and other members of the healthcare team

Length of Program

The Clinical Medical Assistant Program (CCMA) is a total of 499 contact hours consisting of 279 classroom hours, and 220 hours of clinical externship. This is approximately 9 weeks of academics for day classes and 17 weeks for evening classes. Classroom hours are 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday for Day Classes. Evening Classes meet Monday through Thursday, 6:00pm-10:00pm. Clinical hours will vary according to the clinical area assigned. Clinical hours are scheduled with an assigned agency. Clinical(s) usually amount to 6 weeks for most rotations or until you reach your 220 hour minimum. Total program time for the CMA day class is approximately 15 weeks and for CMA evening classes total length is about 23 weeks (end dates vary depending on various office hours at your clinical placement).


  • $3,200.00 Tuition
  • $100.00 Registration Deposit
  • $250.00 Books & Materials Fee
  • $75.00 Lab Fee
  • $81.00 Clinical Insurance/Badge/CPR
  • $165.00 Board Exam
  • (Total of $3,871.00)

Additional Fees/Supplies: A current Medical Dictionary is strongly suggested for class and can be obtained from any bookstore for approximately $10. Students will need general school supplies such as: binders, notebook, paper, pens, pencils, erasers, and highlighters. Students are required to purchase a minimum of two pairs of Royal Blue scrubs that must be worn at all times during clinical(s). These are approximately $30.00 a pair and can be purchased at any uniform or retail store. Students are also required to purchase a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff by the third (3) week of class; these are approximately $45.00 for the kit.  Students may choose to purchase a lab jacket, approximately $25.00; and any additional uniforms you may feel necessary for class/clinical(s). At completion of the program (including ALL clinical hours and financial payments), students will take the National Certification exam.

Program Requirements

Prospective students are cautioned that this program is not a “Crip Course” and the students should be expected to study 5-10 hours weekly. This program covers all the information needed to successfully pass National Certification boards. This class will be an intensive program due to the short amount of time, wide range of skills, and information you will be learning. Students are required to attend all classes and are expected to successfully complete all examinations prior to clinical rotation. Students must complete clinical(s) prior to taking the certification exam.


Admission Requirements

Registration must be completed in person. Students must pose high school transcripts or GED. Students must attend one of Academy of Allied Health Career Overview Orientations before the application process can be completed. Students must fill out Application for chosen program, complete assessment, and have a successful interview with a staff member. Before start of class all students must provide (2) written letters of reference (1 personal and 1 professional).


Academy of Allied Health Careers Clinical Medical Assistant Program is authorized by The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). This authorization has to be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.