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Pathway to Becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

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Medical Assistant Training Program

Hamilton Health Center (Hamilton) is partnering with the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) to provide an affordable pathway towards becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. While training to become a Medical Assistant, you will work effectively in today’s high-performing primary care setting and gain hands-on learning in leading primary care clinics, including Hamilton Health Center.

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NIMAA

The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA)’s mission is to provide educational opportunities that address critical workplace shortages in primary care, with the objective to enable graduates to gain the competencies and knowledge to be eligible to apply for an entry-level position in the medical assisting profession.

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DocumentHamilton Health Center Workforce Development Program

The Hamilton Workforce Development Program provides an affordable pathway towards becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. We partner with various organizations including Harrisburg University, Pennsylvania CareerLink, and the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA). In addition, while training to become a Medical Assistant, you have the option to work part-time at Hamilton.

The Workforce Development Program trains students to be effective in today’s high-performing primary care setting and provides hands-on learning in leading primary care clinics, including Hamilton Health Center.

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What does a Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) do?

Common duties of an MA include:

  • Take patient’s vital signs
  • Administer injections or medications
  • Perform Phlebotomy and laboratory procedures 
  • Perform EKGs
  • Assist providers with exams and procedures
  • Assist with minor surgeries
  • Work in the electronic health record (EHR) 
  • Answer phone calls and questions 
  • Perform basic coding procedures 
  • Perform health coaching or patient education 
  • Help patients stay up to date with preventative testing
  • Check patients in and out upon arrival and departure

How do I become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant?

Steps to becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA):

  • A High School diploma or GED is required
  • Attend and complete the Medical Assistant program with one of our education partners listed below:

National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA):

  • Online facilitated learning & instruction with in-clinic experience
  • 29-week program with 240 externship hours
  • Pass the National Health Career Association (NHA) CCMA exam
  • Maintain CCMA certification every two years  

Harrisburg University:

  • Online facilitated learning and instructions
  • 6-9 months program plus 160 externship hours
  • Complete 10 hours of in-person skills lab training
  • Pass the National Health Career Association (NHA) CCMA exam
  • Maintain CCMA certification every two years

Upon completion of the MA Program and successfully passing the NHA exam benefits include:

  • Hamilton can elect to offer you employment working as a CCMA and accept you into our Apprenticeship Program

What are the minimum requirements to be in this program?

Minimum requirements to apply:

  • Provide proof of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent (an official translation by a qualified agency of a foreign transcript)
  • Literacy in written and spoken English
  • Minimum age of 18 years old by the date of graduation.
  • Valid proof of identification
  • CPR Certification (provided by Hamilton)

What are the first steps?

Now you can potentially receive up to $5,500 in tuition assistance from PA Career Link to help subsidize your training.  These are the four steps in the application process:

  1. You must first complete the vetting process in its entirety for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act application (WIOA) funding with PA CareerLink. Create an account with PA CareerLink to register for the opportunities workshop.  The account can be created through their portal via https://www.pacareerlink.pa.gov/jponline/individual and register for a workshop by clicking the event tab. 
  2. For questions about the application please call PA Career Link at 215-948-4113 and ask to speak with Holly Simmons.   
  3. If you are interested in tuition assistance above and beyond the WIOA funding, the PELL Grant is available at https://studentaid.gov
  4. For questions concerning tuition please call Melisa Burnett at 717–230–3956

What is next once you complete the WIOA process?

Contact Melisa Burnett for next steps to apply for the Medical Assistant Training program.  If you are granted acceptance into the program, your application will be submitted for review by the Admissions Committee. From there, you will receive one of the following via email:

  • Offer of admissions
  • Offer of placement on the admissions waitlist
  • Rejection

Is there a waitlist?

Due to limited spaces in the NIMAA program you may be placed on a waitlist.  For those applicants who are offered a place on the NIMAA waitlist: 

  • You will need to confirm that you wish to be placed on the waitlist. 
  • NIMAA will remain in contact with you regarding your status on a regular basis prior to program start. 
  • Harrisburg University has a rolling enrollment so there is no waitlist.

What are the benefits of the Apprenticeship Program?

Benefits Include

  • One full year of paid work experience rotating through our Women’s Health Services, Adult Medicine and Pediatric clinic, where you will gain proficiency in all clinical departments.
  • Completion of the Apprenticeship Program will also provide a salary increase as well as move you to a CCMA II.

After I am accepted, then what?

If you have been accepted to the Medical Assistant Training Program, congratulations! The next step is to complete the enrollment process. You will be required to do the following:

  • Formally accept your offer of admissions
  • Externship organization interview with Hamilton Health Center
  • Sign the Enrollment Agreement, which is the contract between you and the educational institution. (NIMAA or Harrisburg University)
  • Provide proof of required immunizations

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