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Become a Medical Assistant

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Clinical Medical Assisting is a great way to start a career in healthcare 

Becoming a certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) through courses at High Desert Medical College will prepare you to enter one of the fastest-growing professions in the health care industry. HDMC ensures our students are ready to enter the job market with a program involving classroom theory lab procedures and externship. Our Clinical Medical Assisting students are prepared for national certifications. They also gain experience with Electronic Health Records, ICD-10 Medical Billing and coding as well as venipunctures and EKG’s.

No H.S. Diploma? No Worries, check out our ECPP program.

Why become a CMA?

As a Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), your tasks may include maintaining patient records, completing insurance forms, scheduling appointments, billing and bookkeeping. Clinical tasks include recording vital signs, interaction with patients during examinations, collecting lab work and preparing patients for procedures.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Clinical Medical Assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2012-2022 decade. Employment is projected to grow 29% – much faster than the average job ranking. As of 2012, Clinical Medical Assistants held about 560,800 jobs with career opportunities in the following:

Physician offices
Public & Private hospitals
Inpatient & Outpatient clinics
Long-term care facilities
Health Practitioners such as Chiropractic and Optometry offices
College and university health facilities


CMA Program Overview

  • Total Weeks in Program:
    • 34 Weeks – Morning/Afternoon classes
    • 42 Weeks – Evening classes
  • Semester Credit Hours: 36.03
  • Financial Aid Credits: 24
  • Total Clock Hours: 910
  • Classroom Hours: 600
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 160
  • Homework Hours: 150
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1/Class Lab 1/20
  • Student will receive a Certificate of Completion

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