Clinical Medical Assistant Program

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The Clinical Medical Assistant Program* prepares you to advance your career as an effective medical assistant in a clinical setting. This program is presented in a hybrid format. In addition to completing the online portion of this program, you will attend monthly in-person skill labs to practice and reinforce your learning. At the end of your program, you will participate in 180 hours of clinical training. If you are interested in working at University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics after graduation, you may be eligible for paid clinical hours. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to be a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). The program includes a voucher to take the certification exam.

Upon successfully completing the program, students will receive a University of Utah Clinical Medical Assistant Program completion certificate.

Within the large and growing healthcare industry, medical assistants play a key role in keeping a healthcare facility running smoothly. They perform general patient care and handle routine administrative responsibilities that frequently include the following:

  • Obtaining patient vital signs
  • Taking measurements
  • Administering oral and parenteral medications
  • Performing wound care
  • Assisting during procedures
  • Labeling and processing specimens
  • Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
  • Managing medical records
  • Processing Health Insurance

This portion of the program provides you with hands-on learning and practice. Our experienced instructors will be there to guide you through each learning objective! You will sign up for at least one three-hour skill lab per month. These labs are required to advance through the program and are offered on various days and times each month, Monday through Thursday, at 9 am and 1 pm.

You must attend and pass each of the following classes:

  1. MA Program Orientation
  2. Foundational Skills
  3. Patient Care Basics
  4. EKG and Rapid Response
  5. Clinical Procedures
  6. Blood Draw and POC
  7. Medical Administration
  8. Final Simulation

*This program is offered in partnership with National Healthcareer Association and the Student Placement and Allied Health Department at University of Utah Health

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Class Details


The Medical Assisting program includes 265 hours of curriculum, approximately 24 hours of in-person labs, and 180 hours of clinical training (externship or apprenticeship). Students are allowed up to one year to complete everything.

Those who dedicate at least 12 hours of study/class time per week can complete the program in nine months. Some students can complete their training in as little as six months with dedicated study habits of over 25 hours per week.


Full Certificate Tuition - $3,200

  • Tuition is due at the beginning of the program. Tuition listed above is for the 2023-2024 academic year and is subject to change without advance notice.
  • Traditional Program (Externship) MA Apprenticeship Option (Limited Availability)
    180 hours of unpaid clinical training Paid clinical training
    No commitment to work at University of Utah Health after graduation. Commit to working as a Medical Assistant for one year (or equivalent full-time hours) after graduation.
    Full Tuition: $3,200 Discounted Tuition: $1,750
  • Financial aid is unavailable for this noncredit certificate. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available.
  • University of Utah employee tuition reduction is not eligible for this program.


This program includes online curriculum and monthly in-person labs located in downtown Salt Lake City.


  • In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED). There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the training program.
  • Students must take and pass a criminal background check and an 11-panel drug screening (provided by the University of Utah).
  • Students must also present documentation of required immunizations prior to their clinical training experience.
  • Students must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) before starting clinical training (externship). This training is offered to all students at no cost. Students interested in BLS at University of Utah Health must choose only one additional in-person class offered on Saturdays.

For More Details Download: Clinical Medical Assistant Program Overview


Flexible program fits your schedule
Students are expected to complete the program in 9 months, but can do it in as little as 6 if done full time. Skills labs are offered multiple times per month to better fit your schedule.

Gain skills in a quickly growing field.
Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare facilities. With the healthcare industry growing rapidly, many opportunities exist nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow by 23%, or over 138,000 jobs, by 2024.

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