Is CCMA a Career for You?

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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) is a growing career field. CCMAs are the most in-demand position now in the healthcare field next to nursing. This is because there are 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day until 2026. With short-term training, employment is close at hand. For the first time, SPC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony included SPC’s Workforce Institute’s non-degree students. These students successfully completed the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program (CCMA).

CCMA students at Spring 2019 Commencement
Graduates of the CCMA training at SPC.

The 64 CCMA graduates range from 18-60 years, and include students who have earned high school diplomas, associate, and bachelor degrees. Some graduates are entering the workforce for the first time. Others are returning to school for retraining. Still others are preparing for a career as physician assistants and nurse practitioners. After landing a position, usually with their externship site, many go on and branch out into other specialties in healthcare or enter programs for nursing or other healthcare related degrees.

In May 2018, the median annual wages for medical assistants in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Outpatient care centers $35,600
Hospitals; state, local, and private $34,980
Offices of physicians $33,650
Offices of chiropractors $29,960

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings, weekends, or holidays to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

What does a CCMA do?

A medical assistant is a multi-skilled health care professional that specializes in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory health care setting. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties. They assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They typically work in medical offices, clinics, and urgent care centers. CCMAs may work in general medicine or specialty practices.

Common duties of a medical assistant include:

  • Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
  • Answering phone calls and questions
  • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
  • Administering injections or medications
  • Working in the electronic health record (EHR)
  • Performing EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures
  • Taking patient vital signs

Benefits to obtaining a Clinical Medical Assistant Certification may include: 

  • More job opportunities
  • An increased pay scale
  • Job security
  • Increased subject matter expertise

CCMAs are a vital part of clinical patient care, and are in great demand in the workforce. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Interested in SPC’s Workforce Institute’s Certificate Program?

The next CCMA course is scheduled to begin on August 6. For specific information, learn more from the CCMA class information page.

This class consists of:

  • Hands on training: This blended program includes online, live lab and clinical experience.
  • 300 Total Hours: 140 hours online, 80 classroom and 80 hour externship.

Once this training is successfully completed, you are ready to sit for the National HealthCareer Association Medical Assistant Certification. Many employers are requiring this certification for employment. 

For more information about the CCMA program, please contact Shaeleigh Reesher. For more information on all SPC Workforce programs, please contact Belinthia Berry

Thank you to Karen Rupp, SPC’s Workforce Institute, for your contribution of this article.

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