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Certified Medical Assistant Certificate

Becoming a Certified Medical Assistant

The demand for Medical Assistants is on the rise and projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition, the the job placement rate for 2018 Columbia College graduates was 100%. 

If you have a passion for details, enjoy variety at work, and like helping others, consider becoming a Certified Medical Assistant.

Medical Assistants are multi-skilled healthcare workers who function under the direction of a licensed provider. They perform administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Columbia College offers a convenient online certificate program, so you can fit your CMA certificate around your work or life commitments. The program requires completion of seven courses, taking between 8-14 months, depending upon how fast you progress through the coursework. 

Course code Course title Credit hours
BIOL 230 Medical Terminology 3
BIOL 102 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 3
HEAL 130 Medical Administrative Assistant I 3
HEAL 131 Medical Administrative Assistant II 3
HEAL 133 Medical Billing and Electric Health Records 3
HEAL 132 Introduction to Pharmacology  1
HEAL 134 Medical Assistant Practicum
Integrated NHA prep materials to prepare for the CCMA Certification Exam


Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Contact the Higher Learning Commission

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Institutions
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Telephone: 312-263-0456 or 1-800-612-7440

The Medical Assisting-Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

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*Starting Fall 2020 CMA students are eligible for Federal Financial Aid Funding

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