ccma Certifications

Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA)

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 Medical Assistant (CCMA) Study Materials are Available

Our new Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam study materials are now available and can be leveraged for any exams scheduled on or after July 19, 2017. Some new features of this product suite include

  • Three online practice assessments
  • Modularized tutorial content
  • Quizzes to cover key content areas

Within these new materials there are also many audio, visual and learning enhancements to address all types of learners.

NHA, with the help of numerous subject matter experts, recently conducted a nationwide Job Task 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 study, 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.

If you are scheduled to sit for your exam before July 19, 2017 then you can continue to leverage our current online study materials to gain confidence, test your knowledge, and review critical concepts.

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


We anticipate a delay in immediate test results during the early launch of our new exam.

As with many new exam launches, a pilot scoring period of approximately 4-6 weeks will begin on July 19th. This will delay your scores and pass/fail results immediately following your exam, but after the pilot scoring period concludes exam results will be mailed directly to you at the address associated with your NHA account. However, you will receive proof of sitting for the exam if required by an employer. For more information regarding pilot scoring, visit the "About Development of NHA Exams" section of the Candidate Handbook on nhanow.com. *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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