A certified clinical medical assistant, or a CCMA, is an important healthcare team member. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals rely on the training and experience of these assistants — and so do patients.
If you enjoy working with people in need and are interested in making a difference in their lives, it’s worth exploring what it takes to earn a CCMA certification. Once you’ve passed the exam, you’ll be prepared to be hired and embark on a fast-paced and exciting career in the medical field.
A CCMA certification allows you:
A competitive advantage against other new professionals starting in healthcare
Confidence in your qualifications and competency as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
A faster ability to learn the processes of the facility in which you work
Possible quick advancement and promotions
Plus, a post-secondary degree isn’t necessary to earn this certification. The only educational requirement to start a CCMA course is a high school diploma or equivalent. You can achieve the certification and continue your education while working to gain real-world experience.
Here are the five steps it takes to get your CCMA certification:
If you’re going to work for certification, first give some thought to whether this is the type of career you would enjoy. Write down your professional goals. They could range from earning a certain amount to creating direct opportunities to care for others.
Next, assess the strengths and skills you would bring to the healthcare industry. Medical Assistants must possess:
Strong analytical skills to understand and utilize electronic health records with associated diagnosis and procedure codes
Good attention to detail, especially when taking vital signs and recording medical histories
Excellent interpersonal skills, as you’ll be working as part of a team as well as directly with patients who require a calm and professional demeanor
Technical skills, which you can learn through training
If this work interests you, you’re ready for the next step.
Medical assistants often gain a lot of experience, which can be helpful if they want to advance their careers. They can become registered nurses, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners with additional training. Learn more about what day-to-day life is like for a CCMA, so you can feel prepared as you embark on the work toward certification.
One way to learn about Medical Assistant roles is to research training opportunities. The MedCerts CCMA course takes 28 weeks to prepare students to pass the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam to be nationally certified healthcare professionals through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Many students learn online through MedCerts, as it offers extensive support and assistance to jumpstart careers in healthcare and other growing industries. Prospective students can contact an Educational Consultant for a one-on-one meeting about the process toward certification and long-term success.
Finally, once you’ve enrolled in the class, you’ll need to make time in your schedule to focus on your future. Set yourself up for success with a clear desk in a relatively quiet space at home, where you can complete the online training and study.
If you’re interested in working as a medical assistant, a CCMA certification will help you position yourself more favorably to future employers. It will take some effort, but it will be worth it.
Barbara has over 40 years of experience in healthcare. She’s worked in various roles and environments in the ambulatory setting as a healthcare team member. Her expertise also extends to the hospital setting and a medical department of a large corporation. Barbara is a member of the American Association of Medical Assistants, the American Academy of Professional Coders, and the National Healthcareer Association.
Prior to joining MedCerts, healthcare education became her focus over 18 years ago when she began teaching administrative and clinical medical assisting, medical billing and coding, office administration, and electronic health record courses at Ross Education. As a lead instructor, her role advanced to Program Chair for Medical Assisting and Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration.
Along with her role in education, she has worked closely with learning solution representatives as a technical and content expert reviewer for healthcare publications and technology. As a part of MedCerts’ Product Development team, she is involved with instructional design and development, content writing, production, and quality assurance. She serves as a subject matter expert in allied health, provides training and quality assurance for additional curriculum content writers, and is a Program Director at MedCerts.