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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 clinicals. You will learn from experienced professors and professionals working in this growing healthcare field.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary in 2019 for Medical Assistants was $34,800 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.

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.

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

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) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) National Certification Exam. That is 23 percentage points above the national average of 77%.

*Salary and job growth projections from U.S. Dept. of Labor, updated January 2021

Why Choose Lackawanna College?

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!

What’s involved in our Medical Assistant Certificate Program?

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 30+ weeks and consists of 712 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.

This program will provide you with training in various multi-skilled areas, some of which include:

  • 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

Apply to our Medical Assistant Certificate Program

Prospective students who are interested in enrolling in Lackawanna College’s Medical Assistant Certificate program apply and find out more here.

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.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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.