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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Training (CCMA)

Demand for medical assistants is growing faster than most any other occupation. Begin a career as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and have an impact on the lives of others. Prepare for the National Healthcareer Association’s CMA certification exam and be ready for an entry-level position in just four months.

A certified clinical medical assistant providing patient care, conducting tests and assisting healthcare professionals. Join our program for specialized training and certification.

Certified clinical medical assistants (CCMAs) combine clinical and procedural knowledge to aid office operations and patient procedures. CCMAs work directly with patients and support the work of doctors and healthcare professionals in hospitals, physicians’ offices and other healthcare facilities. As a CCMA, you will perform general patient care and administrative responsibilities including:

  • Taking patient vital signs
  • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
  • Administering injections or medications
  • Performing EKG, phlebotomy and other essential laboratory procedures
  • Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
  • Updating and maintaining electronic health records (EHR)
  • Answering phone calls and questions

The UWF CCMA certification training course will equip you with the knowledge and experience necessary to pass the NHA certification exam. You will learn ethical behavior in a medical setting, therapeutic communication, the importance of a first impression, maintaining a safe office environment, medical terminology and clinical procedures.

This 16-week hybrid program includes online instruction, live labs and clinical experience led by current medical practitioners. In addition to 96 hours in the classroom and homework study time, you are eligible to complete an 80 clock-hour externship, which serves as working experience and a reference for future employment.

To date, students from the University of West Florida have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Medical Assistant examination. Read a recent UWF CCMA success story >  

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Dates: January 23, 2024 – May 9, 2024
Schedule: Tue. and Thurs., 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Registration: To maintain a low teacher-student ratio seating is LIMITED. 

Course curriculum includes Phlebotomy and EKG Training. Tuition includes all live instruction, labs, scrub set and all materials, including the CCMA exam and externship experience.

For registration information call 817.681.4050 or email  

Location: Hybrid
Tuition: $4,300
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Prerequisites for the course include:

    • A high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
    • No felony or misdemeanor related to the sale of drugs. Traffic violations and any other issues must be cleared up before the externship. This is the sole responsibility of each student
    • A history of vaccinations is periodically required to work in the externship
    • Commitment to the rigorous 16-week course schedule

  • Gain skills quickly in a growing field
  • Potential for career growth—after becoming certified, you will have opportunities to further specialize or continue to work towards a degree
  • Train at an accredited University with experienced instructors
  • No degree application required

After completion of the class portion of the program, our Class Coordinator will assist in helping with your placement in a local Family Practice office to gain hands-on experience vital for your success. The location of the office and the times you work will be based on where and when you can work. Once you complete the externship, you will receive your certificate of completion from the University of West Florida, Division of Continuing Education.


Military Spouse Career Advancement (MyCAA) offers up to $4,000 to military spouses interested in pursuing continuing education, degree programs, licenses, or credentials leading to careers in high growth, high demand, and portable career fields. Upon creating a MyCAA account the Department of Defense will provide notification of eligibility. For more information on Military benefits or additional funding opportunities, contact the UWF & Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) at 850.474.2550 or

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act is a federal grant that covers training expenses for eligible individuals. To check for eligibility and apply for the WIOA grant, contact CareerSource Escarosa or CareerSource Okaloosa Walton. The WIOA application process takes several weeks, so please do not delay in getting started. Once WIOA grant approval is awarded, contact our Student Support Center for a Letter of Acceptance.

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Medical Assistants - Employment & Education

Demand for medical assistants is growing much faster than almost any other occupation and will only increase in the coming years. An increasing number of physician offices, hospitals and other healthcare facilities will continuously need support workers, particularly clinical medical assistants. Employment of medical assistants is projected to increase by 16 percent by 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Job Stats
  • Job Outlook: 16% (Much faster than average) 
  • Number of Jobs, 2021: 743,500 
  • Median Pay: $37,190 per year 

Source: May 2023

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National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is one of the nation’s largest allied health certification providers. Since 1989, the NHA has helped thousands of schools across the nation produce better professionals. Individuals who pass their certification exam will be recognized as Nationally Certified Healthcare professionals.