ccma Certifications

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Certified Clinical Medical Assistants (CCMAs) are a vital part of clinical patient care. Because CCMAs are trained to perform so many different tasks, they are in great demand in the workforce.

New 2016 CCMA Test Plan and Crosswalk

Recognizing that the scope of practice for the medical assisting profession is always evolving, NHA, with the help of numerous subject matter experts, recently conducted a nationwide Job Analysis to ensure that our exam tests the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in the profession.

As a result of this extensive Job Analysis, a new Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam is being developed. The test plan for the new exam is now available for your review in both summary format and a detailed format. Additionally, a Crosswalk, which outlines the specific changes from the old test plan to the new test plan, has been created and is available here. This Crosswalk will assist you in identifying modifications to your curriculum and training program that might be necessary.

We anticipate the release of new Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification preparation materials based on this new test plan in April 2017, with an updated exam in launching July 2017. Please check this page regularly for updates and additional information.


For questions regarding which test plan to use, please reference the guidance below:*

*Dates listed are subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates on exam release timing.

Job postings for Medical Assistants grew 15 percent in 2014 after growing over 10 percent per year in 2012 and 2013. - from research conducted by Gray Associates

Whether you want to work in a doctor’s office or a large hospital system, becoming a CCMA with NHA shows that you are knowledgeable and ready to be a valued member of a healthcare team.

As a CCMA, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Assist the physician during exams
  • Interview and educate patients
  • Measure and record vital signs
  • Administer injections

*The purchase of NHA exam preparation materials is not required to sit for any NCCA-accredited certification exam and use does not guarantee a passing score on an exam. All NHA exams are NCCA-accredited.

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