Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate Program

  • Two female students talk in front of an empty patient bed in a simulation hospital room

    Our Clinical Medical Assistant Program prepares you for multiple medical career areas in just 18 months of classroom and lab training.

    Be a Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, Work with Billing and Coding

    Medical assistants work closely with doctors and nurses as key members of the health care team—assisting with patient exams, drawing blood, maintaining medical records, arranging diagnostic procedures, and handling medical billing and coding. The more training you have, the more directions your career can go.

    Our program covers a variety of medical career paths—giving you more jobs you can apply for and more ways to get your first job quickly. Throughout your life, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of someone who is trained for multiple career directions in the medical field.

    Hands-On Classroom and Lab Training Makes You Stand out

    A student in the Clinical Medical Assistant program checking a patient's blood pressureIn our Clinical Medical Assistant program, you’ll get hands-on instruction and practice in the lab that you can’t get in an online course, making you stand out in the job market as better qualified right from the start.

    You’ll take classes and attend labs at our Punxsutawney campus. Our program has a proven curriculum and is three months shorter and less costly than a similar program that had been offered in the area in recent years.

    Online courses, some offering only 200–300 hours of instruction, can’t compare to the 1,800 hours of training we offer you.

    We Get You Ready for Career-Based Testing

    Small class sizes are built into our program to benefit our students. You’ll work closely with your instructors as you learn the lab and office skills you’ll need for your new medical career.

    The help you get along the way from your instructors will be invaluable when you take your certification or competency tests after graduation. Having a solid knowledge of the material, you will be able to use what you know to pass the tests and add those credentials to your resume.

    Tests You’ll Be Ready For After Completing the Clinical Medical Assistant Program

    • Medical Assistant
    • Medical Office Assistant
    • Phlebotomy Technician
    • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)
    • Microsoft Certifications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

    CMA Certificate Program Costs

    Program Instructional Costs (per term—there are six terms in the program): $2,750

    Miscellaneous Costs Include:
    Textbooks (variable)  $500/term 
    Microsoft Office Certification Exams (three certification exams)  $100 each 
    National Exams Through NCCT (three certification exams)  $90 each 
    Castlebranch Account (lifetime account)
    —Includes 10-panel drug screening 
    Professional Liability Insurance  $40  
    Professional CPR Certification  $60 
    Background Checks and Clearances  $40 
    HIPPA and OSHA Credentials  $20 
    Scrubs/Uniforms  $40/set 
    Physical Exam and Immunizations  variable 

    These costs are estimates and subject to change. Tuition does not take into account any financial aid or scholarships.

    For information on applying and qualifying for financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

    Financial Aid Available to Those Eligible

    Federal financial aid is available for those who meet federal aid eligibility requirements. Interested students should complete a 2019–20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).