Clinical Medical Assistant

Learn more about our CMA Program

Clinical Medical Assistants (CMAs) provide essential support to physicians and patients. If you have an interest in the healthcare field and have your high school diploma or GED (or are currently pursuing them) the Academy of Allied Health’s CMA training program may be a perfect fit for you. Our program prepares you not only for Medical Assisting, but is a great starting point for those individuals who are thinking about continuing their training in a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program or a Registered Nurse (RN) program.

To participate and receive CMA certification, students must complete 309 classroom hours and 220 hours of clinical work. They must then complete the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam.

To enroll in the class, prospective students must attend a Career Overview session, interview with Academy staff, complete the entrance assessment, submit your GED or high school transcript, submit two written references, provide a photo ID, and complete the application. After these steps have been completed, students may begin their journey to become a certified CMA.

Once enrolled, students will learn to complete the tasks associated with being a Clinical Medical Assistant. The Clinical Medical Assistant program will focus on several key components. Students will learn the importance of patient confidentiality, will learn about and complete HIPAA training, and will learn the nuances associated with legal and regulatory patient care issues. Students will also learn to take and record vital signs including blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and more. Students will be instructed in reviewing and administering medicines, reviewing allergies and treatments, and will be provided with other pharmacology related training.

Our Clinical Medical Assistant program will also include a broad overview of cardiology and the placing of leads for 12 lead EKGs, will teach students medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, and will give them a fundamental knowledge of cardiovascular function – blood circulation in the heart and blood vessels in the body. Furthermore, students will be trained to perform phlebotomy, collect samples and specimens, learn about point of care testing, and learn venipunctures and capillary sampling. Future CMAs will perform 12 lead EKGs and EKG strip analysis and understand the P, Q, R, S, T wave form. Finally, students will become knowledgeable and competent in the areas of infection prevention, precautions, and the proper use and disposal of biohazardous materials, sharps, and more.

Individuals who participate in our Certified Medical Assistant program will be equipped to excel in the professional world. By learning the latest techniques and completing clinical work, participants will develop a complete understanding of every aspect of being a CMA. And thanks to our extensive network of clinical sites, students who complete the course will have excellent access to employment opportunities.

If you are interested in a career in healthcare, Clinical Medical Assistant certification can set you on a path to success. The Academy of Allied Health has been training and placing Certified Clinical Medical Assistants in the field for nearly 25 years. When you are ready to take the next step in your medical career, give us a call. Our CMA training and certification program is here to help you elevate and enhance your career options.

Course Content



Admission Requirements


Content includes, but is not limited to:

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

Length of Program

The Clinical Medical Assistant Program is a total of 529 contact hours consisting of 309 classroom hours and 220 hours of clinical. Classroom hours are 9:00am-3:30 pm 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. Clinicals usually amount to 6 weeks for most rotations or until you reach your 220-hour minimum. Total course time for the CMA day class is about 16 weeks and for CMA evening classes total length is about 25 weeks (end dates vary depending on various office hours at your clinical placement).We cannot guarantee placement for students that choose not to be vaccinated. 

  • Application Fee $100.00
  • Books and Materials fee $275.00
  • Tuition $3975.00
  • Technology Fee $150.00
  • Total cost to AAHC $4500.00

Additional Cost:

  • CPR Certification $25.00
  • Student Clinical Insurance $41.00
  • Clinical Name Badge $15.00
  • NHA Exam $165.00

Overall total $4746.00

Additional 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 pair of Royal Blue (color) scrubs that must always be worn during clinicals. 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. A student name badge is part of student uniform and is required for clinicals. Uniforms will be worn six to ten (6-10) weeks after class begins. Students are encouraged to purchase a lab jacket, approximately $25.00; and any additional uniforms you may feel necessary for class/clinicals. Liability insurance is required for each student before student is placed in clinicals. The student may also incur expenses related to specific agency requirements for immunizations, TB skin test (x-rays if required), respiratory fit test, background checks, and drug screens.  At completion of course (including ALL clinical hours), students will take the Certification exam.

Financial Assistance:

The Academy is an eligible training provider for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.  Information related to eligibility for both programs is available at your local American Jobs Center.  The Academy is also approved by the Tennessee State Approving Agency for the training of veterans and their eligible dependents. In addition, the Academy offers payment plans for students admitted to its programs. Further information will be provided during the interview process. Students receiving any type of financial assistances will meet with an administrator to review their responsibilities.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission prospective students must:

  1. Attend a Career Overview session to gain information re: programs offered and expectations
  2. Interview with Academy staff
  3. Complete entrance assessment (basic reading and math skills). Note: Results are used for advisement purposes only. No passing score identified.
  4. Submit the following:
    1. Official high school or GED transcript
    2. Two written references
    3. A photo id
    4. Completed Program Application

Students sponsored by WIOA or any other funding source are interviewed a 2nd time by Academy staff.  The purpose of the second interview is to reinforce the Academy’s commitment to the objectives of the funding source (i.e. job search and employment).


The following minimal physical and mental requirements are necessary for successful progression through the Clinical Medical Assistant program:

  • Ability to lift or move weights of up to 35% of recommended bodyweight (approx. 50 pounds).
  • Motor ability necessary to ambulate independently in clients’ rooms and in work areas.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to observe and assess client behavior, prepare and to administer medications, and accurately read monitors and computer screens.
  • Auditory acuity sufficient to hear instructions, requests, monitoring alarms, and to auscultate heart tones, breath sounds, and bowel sounds.
  • The ability to speak, write, and comprehend the English language proficiently (safety issue).
  • The ability to communicate in a professional manner and establish rapport with clients and colleagues.

Criminal background checks and drug screens are required at the affiliated clinical sites for training. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of this program. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment.


The 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.