Overview

Learn to assist physicians and perform functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Topics include patient exam prep, routine lab procedures, diagnostic testing, and the cardiac life cycle and more. Overview of phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare are covered as well.

Clinical Medical Assistant Program courses taken concurrently include:

  • MDCA.1000 – Introduction to Basic Medical Assistant  28 contact hours
  • MDCA.1009 – Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Assistant 48 contact hours
  • MDCA.1052 – Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 64 contact hours
  • MDCA.1064 – Medical Assistant Practicum 160 contact hours

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Requirements

Applicants must complete CMA program application, upload supplemental items and meet all Health Professions Requirements BEFORE they can be admitted into the program and are eligible for registration.

HEALTHCARE PROGRAM IMMUNIZATIONS

  • HEPATITIS B (3 shot series) or positive titer before clinicals/patient contact
  • MEASLES, MUMPS RUBELLA (MMR) or separate positive titers
  • TETANUS/DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS (TDAP) - One dose within the past 10 years
  • TUBERCULIN SKIN TEST (TB) - Negative reading within 12 months of course completion date or chest x-ray
  • VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX) or positive titer

ADDITIONAL HEALTHCARE REQUIREMENTS

  • 18 YEARS OF AGE 
  • HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, HSE/GED OR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT – Unofficial copy can be uploaded
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE OR GOVERNMENT PHOTO ID - Must be valid
  • SOCIAL SECURITY CARD – Must be signed
  • CPR - BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS) CERTIFICATION – Must be current through program and clinicals
  • SATISFACTORY CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK – Completed form to be processed by WC 
  • PERSONAL HEALTH INSURANCE – Recommended, not required

NOTICE: Certain criminal history may prevent a student from being approved to register for a program or attending clinical/practicum/externship. In some areas it can prohibit student from employment and/or obtaining licensure through the applicable licensing agency. Students should verify eligibility before applying. Call 817-598-8870 to speak to an Advising Specialist.

Career Options

Graduates will receive a Weatherford College certificate of completion and be approved to take the National Healthcare Association (NHA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam. According to O-Net, job titles could be Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Doctor's Assistant, Medical Assistant (MA), Medical Office Assistant, Optometric Assistant, and Patient Care Technician (PCT). Students will be prepared to assist physicians and perform functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Students can work as CMA’s at medical clinics, doctors’ offices, or hospitals.

CMA is an entry level career for those interested in nursing or other health science professions.

According to O-Net
The average hourly wage for CMA's in Texas is
$15.79

Related Programs

CCMA is a valuable stacked credential for Phlebotomists. Many CCMAs wanting to continue their education and training by enrolling in Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or a Registered Nurse (RN) program. Two (2) points will be earned toward entrance into Weatherford College’s LVN program for CCMA certification.

Scholarships

Funding assistance through the Workforce Education Grant and Weatherford College Foundation Scholarship for Workforce Education may be available for eligible applicants, until funds are depleted. This program does not qualify for FAFSA.

 

Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA)

CONTACT

workforceeducation@wc.edu
Weatherford Campus: 817-598-8870
Wise County Campus: 940-626-3304

Number of Credits

  • 30.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)