Clinical Medical Assistant

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Date: Saturdays, March 18-September 23, 2017; no class 4/15; 5/27; 7/1; 9/2
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Registration Fee: $2,599 (includes all supplies and textbooks)
Location: UT Martin, Gooch Hall 206

Clinical Medical Assistant Program

This program prepares medical assistant students to perform patient clinical skills in the medical office setting. Students perform clinical procedures including administering medications, assisting with minor surgery, performing an electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and maintaining clinical equipment in an ambulatory care setting.

Medical assistants perform routine clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly.

Clinical duties may include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treat-ment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises. They instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, tele-phone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, and change dressings.

Clinical Medical Assistant – Employment & Education

Upon successful completion of the Clinical Medical Assistant program you will have the skills necessary to gain employment in a number of capacities. Job opportunities will be prevalent in physician's offices, clinics, chiropractor's offices and outpatient facilities. The occupational outlook handbook, states that employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 35 percent from 2011 to 2016, much faster than the average.

Educational requirements*

People who are interested in becoming a Clinical Medical Assistant must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Clinical Medical Assistant - Detailed Course Information

This program will provide the necessary training and skills required to challenge the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. This 140 hour program requires 140 classroom hours (lecture and labs) and a clinical externship. Students must successfully complete the 140 hour classroom requirement to be eligible to participate in the clinical externship rotation. This comprehensive Clinical Medical Assistant program provides training in the following areas:

  • function of the clinical medical assistant in a medical office
  • introduction to health care facilities
  • medical terminology
  • anatomy of each of the body systems to include the heart, conduction system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects and work ethics
  • effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • phone in prescriptions to various pharmacies
  • confidentiality and HIPAA
  • take patient medical histories
  • update patient medical files
  • instruct patients on proper usage of medications
  • vital signs and documentation
  • phlebotomy including venipuncture and capillary sampling
  • collecting non-blood specimens and point of care testing
  • performing 12 lead EKGs, EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)
  • prepare and assist with medical examinations
  • take blood pressure and body temperatures
  • apply sterile dressings
  • prepare patients for x-rays
  • perform various injections
  • perform peripheral IVs
  • administer oral medications
  • aseptic technique and infection prevention
  • assist with minor surgeries
  • proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps


Before completing any paperwork for the healthcare programs, please read the following.

Healthcare Programs Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Do I need to fill out a FAFSA? 

No.  Federal Student Aid does not cover these


2.   Can I get a Pell Grant?                 

No. Federal Pell Grants do not cover these programs.


3.   What financial assistance is available?  Who can I talk to about financial aid?

The UT Martin Office of Financial Aid does not provide assistance for these programs.
Financial Assistance may be available through the Local Workforce Development:


Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDAs)

4.   When can I submit my application for the program?
We cannot accept your application for the program until you have payment or verification of payment.  Completed applications are submitted to the UT Martin Office of Educational Outreach (ECOS) at:  110 Gooch Hall, UT Martin, Martin, TN  38238.


5.   If I pass the class am I certified?
No. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for successfully completing the program.


Certification Exams:

National Healthcareer Association (NHA) - Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CMAA)


Exam Requirements:

The cost of the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) – Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam (CCMA) is $159.43. The exam is administered by the instructor at the end of your training program in your current classroom. Students who take our Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program are qualified to take the NHA exam. Additionally, the NHA requires that you have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent and have recently successfully completed an NHA approved training program. For additional information please visit the NHA at or call 800-499-9092.


6.   Will I get a job?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “For workers who have an interest in science and in helping people, healthcare occupations are expected to provide some of the most plentiful and highest paying career opportunities.  Overall, healthcare occupations are projected to provide nearly 3 million job openings between 2002 and 2012 for workers who don’t have a bachelor’s degree.”  Check with local clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals to see if they have job openings.

7.   How much will I make?

Salary varies by location and occupation.  Check with your local clinics, hospitals and pharmacies to see what they are paying.


8.   When do I get my books?

Books are distributed at the first class meeting.


9.   What do I need to bring to class?

Items for taking notes (paper, pencils, pen)


10. Is there a payment plan?

No, full payment is due prior to the first class meeting.


11. Do I need a uniform?



If after reading the above information you have questions, please call us at 731-881-7082.

Payment must accompany registration. Once you submit the registration form, please call our office at 731-881-7104 to make payment. We accept Visa, MC and Discover. If you are applying for funding through WIA (see #3 under FAQ), please let us know which WIA Center is assisting you. It is recommended you register at least two weeks prior to the start date. Register Now!


  • Registration and payment will be accepted until the first class meeting, if space is available in the class. People who register late may not receive their books at the first class meeting.
  • Full payment is due at time of registration
  • There are no payment plans
  • There is no financial aid available through the University.
  • To pay by check: Make payable to UT Martin and mail to, Educational Outreach, 110 Gooch Hall, Martin, TN 38238
  • To pay by debit/credit card (Visa, MC, Discover) call 731-881-7082

Registration fee: includes all books and supplies


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