Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

The School of Professional Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word has selected a uniquely qualified provider to deliver the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) training program in partnership with Career Educational Services (CES). We have tailored the CCMA program to fit the busy schedules of students with career, life and family obligations.

Prepare to pass the National Healthcareer Association Exam

The CCMA program offers our students both theoretical and practical training through hands-on experience. The duration of the course is 16 weeks and includes preparation for the certification examination administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

In addition to 96 hours in the classroom and homework study time, our students are eligible to complete an 80-clock-hour externship experience. The externship serves as working experience, as well as a reference for future employment. Students are also eligible to take exams to become certified as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and EKG Technician (CET) after the course is complete.


  • Interview patients
  • Measure and record vital signs
  • Prepare exam rooms
  • Clean and sterilize medical equipment
  • Administer injections, as well as topical or oral medications
  • Perform venipuncture and point-of-care testing

Externship Opportunity

An externship opportunity is part of the CCMA program. Students are encouraged to complete 80 hours in a local doctor's office or hospital to gain hands-on experience before sitting for the NHA certification exam. Once the student completes the class and the externship, a certificate of completion will be issued from the University of the Incarnate Word Professional and Continuing Education office.

Registration and Cost

To maintain a low teacher-to-student ratio, seating is limited. We accept up to 25 applicants into this program.

Upcoming Online Class Dates

2024 Session Dates Coming Soon!

Course Cost

The total cost of the Certified Medical Assistant Training course is $4,500.

The program fee includes all live instruction, labs, scrub set and all materials including the CCMA certification exam (if taken) and externship (if eligible). Our courses offer financial assistance through Sallie Mae loans, payment plans, MyCAA and Workforce Solutions funding (contact your nearest Texas Workforce Center).

Admissions Requirements

Below is a brief explanation of the course and the requirements for enrollment. 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.