Clinical Medical Assistant

Certificate Program

Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED equivalent.

The Clinical Medical Assistant course is offered by California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International (CCI). It is designed to prepare you for an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career in healthcare with 140 hours of classroom lecture, hands-on labs, and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. This program will train you to assist physicians while covering important topics such as phlebotomy, pharmacology, medication use and administration, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology, and more.

To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140-hour program, submit to a thorough background check and drug screening, and meet other requirements. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

This course is delivered on campus, or as a hybrid  course that combines online lectures and hands-on labs on campus. Students enrolled in the hybrid course will have the opportunity to participate in online lectures with an instructor in real-time.

Please Note: 

This course will be offered online only in Summer 2020.  Subject to health and safety regulations, this course will be offered in a hybrid format in Fall 2020 that combines online lectures and optional hands-on labs. Students who participate in the Summer 2020 program will be invited to return to participate in a hands-on lab environment, but are not required to do so in order to receive the certificate. The entire course can be completed online.

  • Individuals interested in working in a medical office or other healthcare facilities
  • How to prepare patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, and diagnostic testing
  • HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of healthcare and office and patient care related regulatory issues
  • Recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressure, and other patient care items related to the physician's office visit
  • Review and administration of medications, allergies, and other pharmacology items
  • Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, and the proper techniques to collect specimens for laboratory analysis
  • Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12-lead EKG
  • Successful completion of the 140-hour classroom requirement to be eligible to participate in the clinical externship rotation and receive the certificate.
  • Successful completion of clinical externship.

Dan Odum is a remarkable teacher and truly embodies what a teacher should be. Not only did he educate and prepare us well for a career in Medical Assisting, but he really tried to get to know us individually as well. He made class very enjoyable and relevant. At first, I was scared of doing injections and drawing blood, but Dan encouraged me and even asked me to perform a venipuncture on his arm. I appreciate all that he has done for me and I highly encourage everyone to take his class.

Denice Mitchell S. Bautista Clinical Medical Assistant

I took the CMA course in Spring 2015 with instructor Dan. At first I felt it was going too fast, but he continually reinforced the subject matter. We were given enough practice time and everyone participated and helped each other with lab. This was a very good class. The class took the [National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)] exam the week after our final, and I received my results the following week.  I PASSED!

Barbara Torres Clinical Medical Assistant