Nursing, EMS, & Allied Health Programs

Certified Medical Assistant

About the Certified Medical Assistant Occupation

Duties of a CMA

  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician
  • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies
  • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses

Job Outlook
Median Pay is $15.61 per hour (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)
The CMA profession is expected to grow 29%

About the NWC Certified Medical Assistant Program

The Medical Assistant Certificate program is a two-semester (32 credit) course of study that prepares graduates to function as a member of the healthcare delivery team.  Graduates from this program complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.  Students are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer CMAA certification exam after successfully completing MEDA 1505, and CCMA certification exam after successfully completing MEDA 1600.   More details are available in the Allied Health Student Handbook . 

Required Courses:
ENGL 1010 - English I: Introduction to Composition (3 Credits)
HLSC 1101 - Allied Health First Year Seminar  (3 Credits)
MATH 1000 - Problem Solving (3 Credits)
MEDA 1505- Medical Assistant (6 Credits)
MEDA 1600 - Medical Assistant Practicum (6 Credits)
HLTK 1200 - Medical Terminology (3 Credits)
ZOO 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
ZOO 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 Credits)

Allied Health Student Handbook

Estimated Program Costs**
**All costs are subject to change

To be eligible for clinical rotations, students must meet/pass the following requirements:

Background Check (Information will be given at the start of class)
Drug Test (Information will be given at the start of class)
Clinical Participation Requirements- Immunizations and Certifications
Technical Standards
Pre-Entrance Physical