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Majors & Certificates

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Earning a medical assistant certificate through Lackawanna College is a great step toward a rewarding career in healthcare. With experience or additional education, medical assistants can move into leadership roles or advance into more complex occupations. Those could include jobs as a registered nurse, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.

Student coursework includes medical billing and coding, reception tasks, and basic accounting. Meanwhile, the hands-on portion of the certificate program trains students in phlebotomy, giving injections, and working in lab testing.

A medical assistant certification from Lackawanna College sets students up to work in a variety of jobs or continue on with more medical training.

The medical assistant job is predicted to grow exponentially in the coming years. A medical assistant certification from Lackawanna College is the place to start.

Why enroll in Lackawanna’s Medical Assistant Certificate Program?

Lackawanna College’s Medical Assistant Certificate program combines medical assistant classes with hands-on experience in labs and chemicals. You will learn from experienced professors and professionals working in this growing healthcare field.

The cost of this program is $10,000, which makes Lackawanna’s certificate the most affordable medical assistant program in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Tuition and fees will cover books and lab supplies, scrubs, clinical externship, NHA study guide, NHA practice exams, and the certification exam.

Since 2016, Lackawanna College Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) students have a 100% pass rate on their first attempt taking the National Health-Career Association (NHA) CCMA National Certification Exam. That is 23 percentage points above the national average of 77%.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

What does a Certified Medical Assistant do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a medical assistant can perform tasks including:
• Help physicians with patient examinations
• Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
• Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
• Enter patient information into medical records

Your Medical Assistant Certificate will show that you are knowledgeable and a valuable member of the healthcare field. You will be able to perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Lackawanna College builds instructions and coursework around the real world. You will earn your certification from an accredited institution that is committed to keeping higher education accessible and affordable. Our certificate programs are made for people just like you!


  • Students must meet admission requirements prior to acceptance, which will be reviewed during the application process.
  • A high school diploma or GED is required.
  • The Clinical Medical Assistant program runs 38+ weeks and consists of 749.5 classroom/lab hours and a minimum of 160 clinical hours.
  • After successful completion of the course and clinical externship, you will then be eligible to sit for the National Health-Career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam.


  • Law and Ethics
  • Communication Skills
  • Keyboarding
  • Electronic Health Record Applications
  • Diagnostic and Procedure Coding
  • Health Insurance and Reimbursement
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Anthropometric Measurements and Vital Signs
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Minor Office Surgery
  • ECG

Medical Assistant Career Information

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary in 2020 for Medical Assistants was $35,850 per year, and the field is expected to grow by 19% through 2029, with Pennsylvania being the fourth-largest employer of medical assistants in the United States.

*Salary and job growth projections from U.S. Dept. of Lbaor, www.bls,gov, updated January 2021


Lackawanna College’s Medical Assistant Certificate program is offered at almost every one of our locations across northeastern Pennsylvania.

You can pursue this program in:

Scranton         • Lake Region        • Towanda
Hazleton         • Sunbury


We are proud to offer an affordable yet comprehensive educational program in the medical assistant profession. This way, prospective students who have always wanted to become certified medical assistants in the rapidly expanding healthcare field have the chance to do so and not overpay for their education.


Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.