Clinical Medical Assistant

Certificate Program

This program is offered in online and hybrid formats.*

Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED equivalent.

The 140-hour Clinical Medical Assistant program offered by California State University, Long Beach is designed to prepare you for an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train you to assist physicians and includes a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. It covers 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 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.

*Please Note: The hybrid format combines online course material with live Zoom lectures featuring an instructor in real time; and five in-person, hands-on lab classes held on campus. To view all currently available format options, click the Other Start Dates button.

  • Self-motivated and disciplined students
  • 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 online program as a 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