Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Program

Gain the clinical and procedural knowledge to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and join the growing healthcare field.

Register by Pre-enrollment deadline and take 20% off tuition.*

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Certified clinical medical assistants use their clinical knowledge and skills to safely care for patients during their doctor’s visits. Towson University’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Program will prepare you for the CCMA exam and a rewarding career working in a doctor's office.

Program Format: This 18-week program includes six, three week modules that incorporates in-person clinicals with self-paced learning. Upon completion, you'll be placed in a required externship and celebrated at an annual graduation ceremony.

Total Hours: 518 hours

  • Clinical education: 108 hours
    • two, three hour in-person clinical sessions per week
    • one, seven hour in-person clinical sessions per week (includes one hour break)
  • Self-paced learning: 250 hours
  • Externship: 160 hours (download requirements PDF)

Tuition: $4,499
($200 required pre-enrollment screening included)

Materials: Tuition includes all course materials such as a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, one set of TU branded scrubs, certification exam voucher, and access to NHA digital learning tools.

Upcoming Start Dates

Important Dates REgister
Dates: January 6–May 4, 2024
Schedule: Saturday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Pre-enrollment deadline: December 1

Dates: February 6–June 6, 2024
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday, 6–9 p.m.

Pre-enrollment deadline: January 8

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  1. Meet with Chunta Rivers to review course requirements and externship guidelines.
  2. Register for the course.
    1. You must obtain pre-approval from our office if you choose to pay via a payment plan.
  3. Perform all pre-enrollment screenings, including a criminal background check, drug screening (basic urine panel), and vaccine verification. There is a $200 non-refundable fee that must be paid by credit card to cover pre-enrollment screenings. If all pre-enrollment requirements are met, the $200 fee will be deducted from the course fee.
  4. Finalize enrollment and pay balance.
    1. If paying via payment plan, first payment must be made prior to course start date. 
    2. If paying via invoice, balance must be paid in full by course start date.

Clinical medical assistants are tasked with working directly with patients and supporting the work of doctors and other health care professionals. According to NHA, certified clinical medical assistants serve in a variety of functions that combine office operations and patient procedures. This course will help you gain the skills necessary to function as a member of the healthcare team in a doctor’s office setting.

Tuition includes all course materials, including:

  • Stethoscope and blood pressure cuff
  • One set of TU branded scrubs
  • Access to National Healthcareer Association (NHA) digital learning tools:
    • Medical Terminology
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • PersonAbility™
    • MA SkillsBuilder™: Clinical
    • CCMA Online Prep Package
  • Unpaid externship
  • NHA certification exam

Module 1

  • Clinical communication
  • Concepts, suffixes, and prefixes of medical terminology
  • Organization of the human body
  • Chemistry, matter, and life
  • Cells and their function
  • Tissues, glands, and membranes
  • Infection control
  • Disease and disease-producing organisms
  • Body structure
  • Vital signs and body measurement

Module 2

  • Metabolism, nutrition, and body temperature
  • Body systems: endocrine
  • Endocrine system: glands and hormones
  • Minor surgical task
  • Body systems: urinary
  • Urinary system
  • Body fluids
  • Urine collection and analysis
  • Body systems: digestive
  • Digestive system
  • Lab tests

Module 3

  • Body systems: integumentary
  • Integumentary systems
  • Body systems: blood and immunity
  • Blood vessels and blood circulation
  • Blood
  • Phlebotomy and related testing
  • Immunity
  • Heredity and hereditary diseases

Module 4

  • Body systems: muscular
  • Muscular system
  • Pharmacology
  • Body systems: skeletal
  • Skeletal system: bones and joints

Module 5

  • Body systems: cardiovascular and lumphatic
  • The heart and heart disease
  • Lymphatic system and lymphoid tissue
  • Cardiac and respiratory procedures
  • Skeletal system: bones and joints
  • Body systems: male reproductive
  • Body systems: female reproductive pregnancy and birth
  • Male and female reproductive systems
  • OB/GYN procedures
  • Development and birth

Module 6

  • Body systems: nervous and mental health
  • Nervous system: the spinal cord and spinal nerves
  • Nervous system: the brain and cranial nerves
  • Special senses: ears and eyes
  • Sensory system
  • Eye and ear procedures
  • Body system: respiratory
  • Pediatric procedures

This program requires students to participate in an unpaid 160 hour externship in a medical practice. You will be matched with an office based on fit and flexibility. You must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 or older with a high school or GED® diploma
  • Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (BLS) certification
  • Proof of vaccination:
    • Measles (Rubeola), Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)

    • Hepatitis B

    • Tuberculosis (TB)

    • Influenza (Flu)

  • Health insurance
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screening (basic urine panel)

By course completion, you will be fully prepared to take and earn the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

CCMA program manager

Tricia Taylor has worked in the medical field since she was 14 years old, starting in her neighbor’s physical therapy office. She spent eight years in higher education teaching medical assistant classes. Most recently, Tricia is the program coordinator at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. In her free time, she is a volunteer EMT at Damascus Volunteer Fire Department and  enjoys hiking or trips to the beach with her two sons.

CCMA lead instructor

Alexandria (Ally) Leach has worked in the medical field as a medical assistant since she was 19 years old.  She obtained her associate degree in applied sciences from Harford Community College and started her medical assistant journey in urgent care.  She also has extensive knowledge in pediatrics, OBGYN, and primary care.  She most recently worked at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians as a clinical supervisor. In her free time, she spends her time with her children traveling.  

Hardware Requirements

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Webcams are strongly recommended.

Software Requirements

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

*Note: WIOA and other tuition assistance programs are not eligible for discounts.