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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant for the Experienced CMAA (Voucher Included)

Clinical medical assistants are skilled multi-taskers who help to maximize the productivity of the healthcare team. Medical assistants enable a healthcare facility to operate more efficiently, which increases revenue and provides a positive experience for patients.

As part of the course, students will learn anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition, types of physical examinations, phlebotomy theory, administration of injections, microbiology, hematology, and common office and laboratory procedures.

12 Months / 320 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Central Michigan University

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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant for the Experienced CMAA (Voucher Included)

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES181

What You Will Learn
  • Students will learn the necessary skills to function as a vital member of the healthcare team in an ambulatory setting
  • The course will emphasize ethical behavior, therapeutic communication, protecting the privacy of patient information, the importance of a first impression, maintaining a safe office environment, medical terminology, and clinical procedures
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 380 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Identify the functions of the major body systems
  • Demonstrate how to write a chief complaint and obtain a patient history
  • Describe how to measure vital signs.
  • Discuss the importance of medical and surgical asepsis
  • Summarize the basic guidelines for 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


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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

   I.      Major Body Systems                                                                    

A.     Integumentary System

B.      Musculoskeletal System

C.      Circulatory System

D.     Lymphatic System

E.      Immune System

F.      Respiratory System

G.     Digestive System

H.     Urinary System

I.       Nervous System

J.       Endocrine System

K.      Special Senses

L.      Reproductive System

II.       Pathophysiology                                                                            

A.     Skin Disorders

B.      Endocrine Disorders

C.      Nervous System Disorders

D.     Digestive System Disorders

E.      Respiratory System Disorders

F.      Circulatory System Disorders

G.     Urinary System Disorders

H.     Musculoskeletal System Disorders

I.       Eye and Ear Disorders

J.       Lymphatic and Immune System Disorders

K.      Reproductive System Disorders

III.      Pharmacology                                                                                                   

A.     Medical Uses of Drugs

B.      Drug Regulations

C.      Controlled Substances

D.     Drug Classifications

E.      Drug Actions

F.      Common Abbreviations

G.     Routes of Administration

H.     Drug Names

I.       Drug Formularies

J.       Dose Calculations

IV.      Nutrition and Special Diets                                                                           

A.     Importance of Nutrition

B.      Types of Nutrients

C.      Healthy Diets

D.     Therapeutic Diets

V.       The Chief Complaint and Patient History                               

A.     Preparing for the Patient

B.      Chief Complaint

C.      Medical History

D.     Approaching Sensitive Topics

E.      Charting

VI.      Recording Vital Signs                                                                                      

A.     Temperature

B.      Blood Pressure

C.      Pulse

D.     Respiration

E.      Height and Weight

F.      Body Mass Index

VII.     The Physical Examination                                                                             

A.     Methods of Examination

B.      Examination Positions

C.      Equipment and Supplies

D.     Preparing the Patient

E.      Order of the Examination

F.      After the Examination

VIII.    Specialty Exams and Procedures                                               

A.     Prenatal Examination

B.      Gynecology Examination

C.      Pediatric Examination

D.     Geriatric Examination

E.      Visual Acuity Testing

F.      Pulse Oximetry

G.     Ear Irrigation

IX.      Medical Asepsis and Infection Control                                                     

A.     Medical Asepsis

B.      Microorganisms

C.      Infection Cycle

D.     Transmission-Based Precautions

E.      Bloodborne Pathogens

F.      Other Potentially-Infectious Materials

G.     Personal Protective Equipment

H.     Needlestick Injuries

I.       Standard Precautions

J.       Infection Control

X.       Surgical Asepsis and Sterilization Techniques                                       

A.     Surgical Asepsis

B.      Methods of Sterilization

C.      Sterile Field

D.     Preoperative Procedures

XI.       Surgical Instruments                                                                                      

A.     Cutting and Dissecting Instruments

B.      Grasping and Clamping Instruments

C.      Dilators, Scopes, and Probes

D.     Retracting and Exposing Instruments

E.      Care of Surgical Instruments

F.      Chemical Cautery

G.     Electrosurgery

H.     Cryosurgery

I.       Laser Surgery

XII.     Assisting with Minor Office Surgeries                                                      

A.     Informed Consent

B.      Patient Preparation

C.      Preoperative Skin Cleansing

D.     Postoperative Instructions

E.      Wound Care

F.      Suture and Staple Removal

G.     Applying a Sterile Dressing

XIII.    Introduction to the Medical Laboratory                                                  

A.     Purposes of Laboratory Testing

B.      Types of Clinical Laboratories

C.      Laboratory Departments

D.     CLIA      

E.      Laboratory Requisitions

F.      Laboratory Reports

G.     Urinalysis

XIV.    Basic Microbiology         

A.     Bacteriology

B.      Mycology

C.      Parasitology

D.     Virology

E.      Immunology

XV.      Introduction to Phlebotomy                                                                        

A.     Composition of Blood

B.      Supplies

C.      Order of Draw

D.     Venipuncture Methods

E.      Venipuncture Sites

F.      Specimen Identification

G.     Capillary Puncture

H.     Quality Assurance           

XVI.    Basic Hematology                                                                                            

A.     Red Blood Cells

B.      White Blood Cells

C.      Platelets

D.     Coagulation Studies

E.      Blood Count Tests

XVII.   Electrocardiogram                                                                                          

A.     Electrical Conduction System of the Heart

B.      Cardiac Cycle

C.      Normal Sinus Rhythm

D.     Arrhythmias

E.      12-Lead ECG

F.      Multichannel ECG

G.     Waveform Components

H.     Common Artifacts

I.       Electrophysiology

J.       Holter monitor

K.      Automated External Defibrillator

XVIII.  Administering Noninjectable Medications                                             

A.     Medication Order

B.      Six Rights of Medication Safety

C.      Medication Label

D.     Administration of Oral Medications

E.      Administration of Inhaled Medications

F.      Medication Errors

XIX.    Basic Guidelines for Administration of Injections               

A.     Intradermal Injections

B.      Subcutaneous Injections

C.      Intramuscular Injections

D.     Syringes

E.      Needles

F.      Withdrawing Medication from a Vial or Ampule

G.     Tuberculin Skin Test       

XX.     Diagnostic Imaging         

A.     X-Rays

B.      Ultrasonography

C.      CT Scans

D.     MRI Scans

E.      Nuclear Medicine Scans

XXI.    Rehabilitation and Treatment Modalities                                               

A.     Physical Therapy

B.      Occupational Therapy

C.      Speech Therapy

D.     Sports Medicine

E.      Proper Body Mechanics

F.      Care for a Falling Patient

G.     Wheelchair Safety

H.     Transfer Techniques

XXII.   First Aid Techniques                                                                                       

A.     Types of Wounds

B.      Burns

C.      Musculoskeletal Injuries

D.     Choking

E.      Syncope

F.      Poisoning

XXIII.  Emergencies in the Medical Office                                                         

A.     Anaphylaxis

B.      Cardiac Arrest

C.      Asthma

D.     Shock

E.      Seizures              

F.      Diabetic Emergencies

G.     Crash C art

Medical Terminology

I.         Your Foundation in Medical Terminology

A.     The Fundamentals of Medical Terminology

B.      Practicing What You've Learned - The Fundamentals of Medical Terminology

C.      Getting to Know the Human Body

D.     Practicing What You've Learned - Overview of the Human Body

E.      What Have You Learned?

II.        The Skeletal and Muscular Systems 

A.     What Makes Up a Skeleton?

B.      Practicing What You've Learned - What Makes Up a Skeleton?

C.      Flex Some Muscle

D.     Practicing What You've Learned - Flex Some Muscle

E.      What Have You Learned?

III.      The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems 

A.     Getting to the Heart of Things

B.      Practicing What You've Learned - Getting to the Heart of Things

C.      Take a Deep Breath

D.     Practicing What You've Learned - Take a Deep Breath

E.      What Have You Learned?

IV.       The Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems 

A.     Going for the Gut

B.      Practicing What You've Learned - Going for the Gut

C.      When Nature Calls

D.     Practicing What You've Learned - When Nature Calls

E.      The Birds and the Bees

F.      Practicing What You've Learned - The Birds and the Bees

G.     What Have You Learned?

V.        Nervous and Integumentary Systems and Special Senses 

A.     You've Got Some Nerve

B.      Practicing What You've Learned - You've Got Some Nerve

C.      Now Hear (and See) This!

D.     Practicing What You've Learned - Now Hear (and See) This!

E.      Slip Me Some Skin

F.      Practicing What You've Learned - Slip Me Some Skin

G.     What Have You Learned?

VI.       The Lymphatic, Immune, and Endocrine Systems 

A.     Protection Against Infection

B.      Practicing What You've Learned - Protection Against Infection

C.      Learning About Hormones

D.     Practicing What You've Learned - Learning About Hormones

E.      What Have You Learned

Instructors & Support

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has almost 30 years of experience in healthcare education. After graduating from college with a degree in vocational education, she taught administrative medical programs in vocational schools and community colleges. In addition, she has professional experience as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, medical records auditor, and medical office manager. She is a member of AHIMA and has a CCS-P coding certification. She currently does coding for ambulatory surgery center and resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Prerequisites / Requirements


Completion of the Medical Terminology and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant courses.

You need a high school diploma or GED in order to take the CCMA exam.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word.
  • Windows Media Player or a similar program.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Clinical Medical Assisting, Sixth Edition


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Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The registration fee for the exam is included with this course.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

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