Clinical Medical Assistant Program at UNH

Clinical Medical Assistant

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is traditionally a face-to-face classroom training program, but the Fall 2020 Semester section will be held online in a self-paced format as we prioritize distance learning in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Clinical Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks. Job opportunities are prevalent with physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities. 

The purpose of this program is to prepare students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office. This course covers the following key areas and topics:  

  • Clinical responsibilities of the medical office – assisting the physician with patient related care

  • Preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine procedures and diagnostic testing

  • HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of healthcare and regulatory patient care issues

  • Recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressure, and other patient care items related to the physician office visit

  • Review and administration of medications, allergies and other pharmacology related items

  • Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy and the proper techniques required to collect specimens for laboratory analysis

  • Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12 lead EKG

Course Information:

  • 300 hour program includes 140 hours of classroom course contact and 160 hours of clinical externship.
  • $3,199 tuition fee includes all textbooks and materials.

Education & Certification Information:

  • Clinical Medical Assistants should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.

  • Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification examination.

  • In addition to facilitating entry-level clinical medical assisting related positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Nursing (LPN) or a Nursing (RN) program.

  • National and state examination fees are not including in program tuition.

Program offered in collaboration with Condensed Curriculum International

Questions? Contact Zainab Qari at zainab.qari@unh.edu

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What You Will Learn


Clinical Medical Assistant

Detailed Course Topics Covered Will Include:
  • Responsibilities of the clinical medical assistant and introduction to healthcare facilities
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects of care, confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • Aseptic techniques, infection prevention, universal precautions, proper use and disposal of biohazards and sharps
  • Documenting patient medical histories, updating patient medical files, vital signs and documentation
  • Appling sterile dressings, preparing patients for x-rays, performing various injections, administering oral medications, instructing patients on the proper usage of medications
  • Phlebotomy, venipunctures and capillary sampling, collecting specimens and point of care testing
  • Performing 12 lead EKGs and EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form)

Travel & Site Information


Clinical Medical Assistant

All classroom sessions will be held at UNH Professional Development & Training at 231 Corporate Drive in Portsmouth, NH.

Enrolled students will receive location and parking information in advance of the program via email.

Tools & Materials


Clinical Medical Assistant

Classroom and lab materials, including textbooks, are included in the cost of program enrollment.

Additional costs may apply to portions of externship participation.