CNA to Clinical Medical Assistant Bridge Program

At a Glance

Train for a new career!

The medical assistant bridge program grants qualified certified nursing assistants the opportunity to enter the medical assistant field. The accelerated curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to function in the role of a medical assistant. The students will learn how to perform administrative and clinical tasks to be successful in the health care setting. After successful completion of the medical assistant bridge program, the student will be eligible to register for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam and the National Certified Medical Assistant Exam.

Upcoming Classes

Fall 2024


Orientation: July 23, 2024, 5 p.m.
July 30-Oct. 3, 2024
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.
Clinical Externship: Oct. 7-25, 2024 (60 hours)
The externship is Monday-Friday during normal business hours, typically 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

NHA certification review: Oct. 29, 2024, 5-9 p.m.



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$2,149 (includes textbooks and CCMA national certification exam)

Additional costs: drug screen, background check and scrubs.

Note: This course is not eligible for financial aid; however, payment plans are available.

Free training opportunity

The Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce (PATH) program provides free training and supports for occupations within the health care field. Learn more about PATH, including support services, programs and eligibility.

Start/Info Session

Registration must be done by appointment only. To schedule a registration appointment during open registration please email

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View prerequisites below.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Have hand-to-eye coordination and finger agility.
  • Possess basic computer skills.
  • Have 300 verifiable hours worked as a CNA within the last six months.
  • Must be in good standing with IDPH Healthcare Registry

Externship requirements:

  • Successfully pass background check and drug screening
  • Obtain immunizations

The Clinical Medical Assistant program prepares students for multiple roles and national certifications. As an entry-level clinical profession, this program is ideal for students in the allied health care field. The certifications students will be eligible to take following the completion of this program include:

Board: National Health Career Association (NHA)
Exam: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)Board: National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)

Exam: National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)

The CCMA exam through NHA is included in the program cost ($160 value).

National Healthcareer Association
National Center for Competency Testing

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