PVCC Workforce Services Healthcare - Clinical Medical Assistant

Class Description: 

CMA photoThis is a hybrid class.

This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in health care. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of health care. This program includes 165 hours of classroom lecture and hands-on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local health care provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 165-hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, have a physical exam, provide proof of current immunizations and meet other requirements. 

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Health career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 

Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED. Minimum age is 18.               

Job Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.



Full Tuition; $3,267 / FastForward Tuition; $1,089

NEW! Earn $1,000 Credential Achievement Award upon obtaining the final credential in this program.
Visit www.pvcc.edu/virginia-ready for more information. 

What organization certifies this program?

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

How do I register?

Students must complete the pre-healthcare course through CANVAS prior to enrollment. For more information and directions to sign-up, please complete the Healthcare Career Information Form

What is the pre-healthcare course and why is it required?
  • It replaces the previously required Information session for enrollment. Students can view a pre-recorded information session, on their own schedule, and upload required admission documents.

  • It allows students to learn, in a low-pressure environment, more information about our programs, admission requirements and financial assistance while learning to navigate online learning management platform to increase class success should the student desires to register.

  • Most common questions are answered during the session and allows students to email the Healthcare team to ask follow-up or case specific questions in a private environment.

Financial Assistance

FastForward logoThis class is eligible for financial assistance through FastForward and the Financial Assistance for Noncredit Training Resulting in Industry Credentials (FANTIC). Go to www.pvcc.edu/fastforward for more information.

This program is eligible for the Virginia Ready $1,000 Credential Achievement Reward. Visit www.pvcc.edu/virginia-ready to learn more.