Clinical Medical Assistant

This program will train you to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). CCMAs work in physicians’ offices or clinic settings and help physicians carry out procedures, care for patients, perform basic lab tests, and administer medications. This course combines 285 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours at an off-site externship for a comprehensive learning experience totaling 365 hours. Externships are from Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm.

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Degrees & Certificates

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Program Information

Admission Requirements

Individuals must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Has earned a high school diploma, GED, or High School Equivalence Certificate.
  • Be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • Has a photo ID and a social security card.
  • Willing to complete a criminal history background check (individuals with any infractions that would prohibit certification will not be admitted into the program).
  • Be willing to provide evidence of the following required immunizations via Castlebranch electronic compliance tracker:
    • (Tuberculosis skin test, flu shot, Hepatitis B series vaccine, Tetanus, 2 Measles, Rubella, 1 Mumps, and 2 Varicella, covid-19 vaccine or positive titer).
    • Provide proof of completion of the CPR Course for Healthcare Providers, must meet the requirements of the American Heart Association (available through WCE).
  • Prior to the beginning of the externship:
    • Is willing to provide the results from a drug screening test (wait on the instructor to request before completing).
    • Tuition must be paid in full prior to the externship.
Application Procedure

The Clinical Medical Assistant course is offered two times a year and each class size is limited to the first 25 students who have completed the application process.

Please Remember

  • Only complete applications are accepted
  • Create a Castlebranch account and pay a $78, non-refundable fee for the Background Check and Compliance Tracker.
  • At registration, be prepared to pay for the course (must make an initial payment on the payment plan, pay if full, or provide proof of funding).
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 Tuition & Payment Options

Total Cost: $3,195 (includes textbooks, exam voucher, and required supplies)

Payment  Plan: $3,225 Total Cost (includes tuition, textbooks, NHA voucher, and a $30 one-time payment plan fee)

The first payment of $669 is due at the time of registration and includes the one-time $30 fee. Four additional payments of $639 are due monthly. Cash payments cannot be used to set up payment plans; payment plans are set up online. Checking and routing information is preferred.  Credit and debit card payments are accepted but additional fees apply.

Financial Aid: Eligible students may receive financial aid for 50% of the tuition.  Apply at

Loans: Student loans may be available through Sallie Mae’s Smart Option Student Loan.  Call 1-866-439-0993 for more information.

Hazelwood: Please contact Kelly Czapnik at 254.298.8320 or email her at for questions about using your Hazelwood benefits to pay for this program’s tuition.

GI Bill: Please contact Magen McCauley at 254.298.8310 or email her at for questions about using your GI Bill benefits to pay for this program’s tuition.

 Additional Program Costs
CPR Course $65
Criminal Background Check $40 (paid with a credit or debit card)
Vaccination Document Tracking

$38 (paid with a credit or debit card)

Set of Hunter Green Scrubs $15-$25 (price varies)
Next Start Date

Class begins: August 17, 2024
Registration begins July 10, 2024

Temple Location: Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Taylor Location: Tuesdays, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.


Certified Clinical Medical Assistants, on average, earn $36,830 annually in Texas with the top 10% of medical assistants earning $45,880 or more.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022)