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Clinical Medical Assistant (ctcma)


This program has been replaced by Medical Assisting Certificate (CTMA). Students currently enrolled need to complete it by the end of the Spring/Summer 2017 semester.

If you have questions about this program please contact a program advisor or contact a general student advisor.


This program prepares the student for entry-level positions in ambulatory settings such as doctors' offices, clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, pharmaceutical or insurance companies, or public health facilities where health information is prepared, analyzed, and retrieved. The student learns to perform receptionist duties, prepare charts and reports, schedule and bill patients, code and submit bills to insurance companies. The student will demonstrate performance in patient-care duties such as patient assessment and interviewing, perform duties such as taking vital signs, phlebotomy, injections, supplies and instrument care, performing medical procedures, and assisting during examinations. A nonpaid clinical internship is arranged by faculty and included in this program using clinical organizations in the area.

In order for students to become a certified medical assistant and use the title of CMA (AAMA), they must successfully complete a CAAHEP/MAERB accredited program. Then sit for and pass the AAMA sponsored CMA (AAMA) exam. WCC has modeled our program on accreditation standards and values CAAHEP accreditation.

Admissions Requirements

Student applications are reviewed on a regular basis. Upon acceptance of the application, the student will be placed on the Clinical Medical Assistant (CTCMA) program waitlist. Students are encouraged to complete required general education courses and other non-CMC courses while on the waitlist until they are notified of their program start date. Students are required to complete the major area course requirements prior to entering the program. The program courses must be taken in semester sequence. No part time option is available for this program.

Program Initiation:
Each year approximately 24 students move from the waitlist into the formal program initiation. Students are taken from the waitlist in numerical order in which they were admitted, with priority given to Washtenaw County residents. Please review the "Admission and Waitlist Process for High Demand Programs" document that is posted on the following website:www4.wccnet.edu/studentservices/studentconnection/admissions/. This document explains WCC's waitlist process and priority level.

Applying for Admission to the Program

A formal application to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site: www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health/ Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building. An application to the Medical Assistant program will not be accepted until all admission requirements are met.

Requirements for application are:
-Academic Math Level of 3
-HSC 101 with a minimum grade of "B-" (2.7 on a 4.0 scale)
-BIO 109 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 111 with a minimum grade of "B-" (2.7 on a 4.0 scale)
- Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.7. Only transcripts that provide an admission requirement course will be used in calculation of the cumulative GPA. If a transcript is submitted for an admission requirement course, the cumulative transcript GPA will be used in a weighted calculation of the cumulative GPA requirement.
-Criminal background check (review application for details)
-Demonstrate proficiency in the English language
-Declaration of residency status (note that Washtenaw County residents are given priority in program initiation).

Admission to the Medical Assistant program is contingent upon students declaring that they have specific physical and cognitive abilities. These requirements are detailed in the Medical Assistant program admission packet. WCC reserves the right to request that students successfully demonstrate the specific cognitive and physical abilities related to the Medical Assistant program.

Post Admission requirements
-Completed health history form (physical examination)
-Abilities Statement
-Negative TB skin test
-Current Flu Vaccine
-Current vaccination record (you may be asked to update vaccines)
-Current health insurance (health insurance must remain active through the entire program)
-Current BLS/CPR with First Aid certification - Current card must be from the AHA (American Heart Association) or AMA (American Medical Association) only. No other organizations will be accepted.

Continuing Eligibility

-Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses.
-All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C+".
-Students may be required to have additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of a clinical sequence, or at any time during the program, as requested by specific clinical facilities. Failure to receive an acceptable drug test and/or criminal background/fingerprinting check at any time, will result in dismissal from the program.

Students will experience on-the-job training within an unpaid, supervised practicum of at least 180 contact hours in an ambulatory healthcare setting performing psychomotor and affective competencies. Students will work three days per week for 7.5 weeks. This must be completed prior to graduation. Students will be placed at a site that is not more than 50 miles, traveling one way.

Contact Information

Math, Science & Health
Allied Health Department
Sherry Hubbard
Susan Travis


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
The Curriculum and Program requirements will be changing for the Fall 2014 start. Please contact the above advisor(s) prior to registering for courses.
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Credits
BIO 109 or Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology *
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function * 5
HSC 101 Healthcare Terminology * 1
Total 6
First Semester
Class Title Credits
BOS 175 Medical Office Communication 2
BOS 223 Medical Office Procedures 3
HSC 115 Clinical Procedures for Administrative Medical Assistants 2
HSC 116 Phlebotomy for Healthcare Professionals 2
HSC 131 CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid 1
Total 10
Second Semester
Class Title Credits
BOS 185 Medical Computer Skills and Electronic Health Records 3
BOS 224 Medical Office Insurance and Billing 4
CMC 116 Introduction to Clinical Skills 3
CMC 121 Pharmacology for Medical Assisting 3
CMC 230 Laboratory Procedures for Medical Assistants 2
Total 15
Third Semester
Class Title Credits
CMC 290 Practicum Seminar 1
CMC 299 Practicum for Medical Assistants 2
Total 3
Total Credits Required


*See Applying for Admission to the Program for course requirements.

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