The Medical Assistant Program at A PLUS HEALTHCARE TRAINING is a 600-hour competency based program designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as an MA (Medical Assistant). MA’s perform routine administrative and clinical tasks within a medical office setting.  MA’s perform administrative duties such as answer telephones, greet patients, escort patients to exam rooms, updating medical records, scheduling appointments and handling insurance and billing procedures among others.

Clinical duties performed by medical assistants vary depending on the medical facility. Generally, medical assistants may provide the following clinical tasks:

  • check and record vital signs
  • prepare laboratory specimens
  • collect blood specimens by both capillary and/or venipuncture technique
  • prepare patients for medical exam
  • disposing of contaminated supplies
  • sterilize used equipment and instruments
  • explain treatment and medication to patients
  • perform EKGs among other clinical tasks


At A PLUS HEALTHCARE TRAINING, emphasis is placed on clinical and administrative skills necessary to perform personal care to complex patients with needs of respiratory services, rehabilitation services, EKG and phlebotomy services. Upon successful completion of this program at A PLUS HEALTHCARE TRAINING, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for National Certification through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Students who successfully complete the Basic Nursing Assistant portion of the program will be eligible to take the state exam in addition to the NHA exam. The Medical Assistant training program will provide the necessary training and skills required to pass the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. This program requires completion of 600 course hours. Students with prior Basic Nursing Assistant certificate may complete 480 hours. All course hours are inclusive of clinical internship or externship.

This comprehensive Clinical Medical Assistant program provides training in the following areas among others:

  • function of the clinical medical assistant in a medical office
  • introduction to health care facilities
  • medical terminology
  • anatomy of each of the body systems to include the heart, conduction system, circulation of the heart  and blood vessels
  • effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • phone in prescriptions to various pharmacies
  • confidentiality and HIPAA
  • prepare and assist with medical examinations
  • take blood pressure and body temperatures
  • apply sterile dressings
  • prepare patients for x-rays
  • perform various injections
  • perform peripheral IVs
  • care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects and work ethics
  • administer oral medications
  • aseptic technique and infection prevention
  • instruct patients on proper usage of medications
  • vital signs and documentation
  • update patient medical files
  • phlebotomy including venipuncture and capillary sampling
  • take patient medical histories
  • collecting non-blood specimens and point of care testing
  • performing 12 lead EKGs, EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)