Certified Clinical Medical Assistant for the Experienced CMAA

Become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Clinical medical assistants work alongside doctors, nurses and health care providers to ensure the patient has a smooth, efficient medical experience. They may perform procedures such as injections, assist physicians with exams and educate patients as to their care regimes and health indicators. To work at a high level, clinical medical assistants need a specialized skill set and a meaningful certification. This 100% online course is specifically designed to prepare healthcare professionals who have been working in administrative roles as Certified Medical Administrative Assistants (CMAA) to take on clinical responsibilities and work directly in inpatient care.

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Job Outlook for Certified Clinical Medical Assistants

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists Medical Assistant among its strongest areas for career growth. The BLS expects demand for medical assistants to grow by 19% between now and 2029. That is nearly four times the expected growth rate for all jobs.
  • According to the BLS, the average pay for medical assistants in 2019 was $16.73 per hour or $34,800 per year. Salary survey data from PayScale.com supports this estimate, indicating that clinical medical assistants earn, on average, $34,359 per year. 

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant FAQs

What does a Clinical Medical Assistant do?

Clinical medical assistants perform a variety of duties that bridge the administrative and procedural aspects of patient care in a healthcare facility. They may note and track patient history and personal information. They may administer injections, draw blood and measure vital signs. They often work directly with doctors during exams and procedures. They can prep samples for lab tests. The world of the clinical medical assistant is filled with diverse, fulfilling activities that contribute directly to the patient's positive experience

Is certification important for Clinical Medical Assistants?

Certification is a sign of professionalism and commitment to excellence. It may also be required by state or local regulation. According to the National Healthcare Association (NHA), many healthcare providers include certification in their career ladders for medical assistants, offering elevated pay and career opportunities after certification.

What is the difference between a Clinical Medical Assistant and a CMAA?

For experienced CMAAs, the clinical medical assistant certification offers the opportunity to expand their work into patient procedures. It may also offer the opportunity for enhanced pay and job opportunities. The NHA notes that clinical certification can lead to roles such as patient care coordinator, health coach or population health coach. PayScale.com indicates that adding clinical responsibilities can raise a medical assistant’s pay by as much as $8,000 per year, depending on role and experience.

Do Clinical Medical Assistants enjoy their work?

While clinical medical assistants work in situations that are naturally stressful, for those who enjoy the medical environment, job satisfaction is quite high. OwlGuru.com determined that 71% of medical assistants are satisfied with their job. 76% say their job is meaningful and helps make the world better for themselves and others.

Course Objectives

Learn the specialized skills needed to contribute to a healthcare team in an ambulatory setting

Practice ethical behavior, therapeutic communication, patient privacy laws, medical terminology, and clinical procedures

Identify the functions of the major body systems

Describe how to measure vital signs

Discuss the importance of medical and surgical asepsis

Summarize the basic guidelines for the administration of injections

Explain the three methods used to perform venipuncture

Identify the placement of electrodes for an ECG

List the steps for obtaining a throat culture

State how to conduct physical and chemical examinations of urine

Recognize what constitutes a medical emergency

Prepare to take and pass the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). (Course includes a voucher which covers the fee of the exam.)

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Medical Terminology

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Major Body Systems



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 Techniques

Surgical Instruments

Assisting with Minor Office Surgeries

Introduction to the Medical Laboratory

Basic Microbiology

Introduction to Phlebotomy

Basic Hematology


Administering Noninjectable Medications

Basic Guidelines for Administration of Injections

Diagnostic Imaging

Rehabilitation and Treatment Modalities

First Aid Techniques

Emergencies in the Medical Office