Certified medical assistants are multi-skilled healthcare workers who perform administrative and clinical tasks at hospitals, physicians’ offices and other facilities. It’s a growing field that requires attention to detail and good interpersonal communication skills.
In addition to a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology, students must master the basics of medical billing, electronic records systems and pharmacology.
This certification from Columbia College can be completed via 8-week online sessions with a few skills days in the lab.
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Columbia College requires clinical hours completed at select hospitals in Missouri and all coursework is conveniently completed online. The program requires completion of seven courses, taking less than a year to complete. Current program clinical sites are in Columbia, Lake of the Ozarks, and Rolla MO.
Completion of the CMA program at Columbia College grants the student a CCMA certificate which can be used in any state.
Non-Affiliated students will need to meet clinical requirements before the start of the program. Requirements will include immunizations, TB skin tests, drug screen test, background check, current physical, and BLS CPR certification. View associated fees and tuition.
Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from a high school and college transcript(s) (if applicable) or GPA 2.0-2.5 and a score of 58.6% or higher on the TEAS test OR an ACT composite score of 20 or higher within the past 5 years.
160 unpaid clinical hours required for completion of the program. This will be scheduled with your instructors during the last course of the program.