Certified Medical Assistant

In just 5 months, the Certified Medical Assistant Program prepares students for an exciting and rewarding career in healthcare! Your career pathway starts with THREE, in-demand healthcare certifications.

Join on of the nation's fastest-growing careers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Why Choose the ODU Certified Medical Assistant Program?

    Three, In-Demand Healthcare Certifications

    • Clinical Medical Assistant
    • EKG Technician
    • Phlebotomy Technician

    Hands-On Experience

    Your program combines convenient online course with in-person clinical experience supervised by health professionals!

    NCAA Accredited Certifications

    In as little as five months, you'll be prepared to sit for nationally recognized exams through the National Healthcareer Association.

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    Course Information

    The following prerequisites are required for participation in the Certified Medical Assistant Program.

    • Must pass a Criminal Background Check (completed by ODU School of Continuing Education)
    • Must pass a Drug Screen (completed by student at your choice of locations)
    • Attend Mandatory Orientation (date will be given once we have received your application)
    • Student must be 18+ years of age (or 17 and a senior in high school or high school graduate)
    • Transcript from High School, GED Program or College
    • Copies of any current professional license, or certification (as it pertains to CMA or nursing)
    • 1 Letter of recommendation
    • Copy of current immunization records to include: *Hepatitis B (3 shot series as a child or 2 shot series as adult), *PPD 2 Step within the past 60 days, *Varicella (2 shot series vaccine), *MMR (2 shot series vaccine), *Dtap (vaccine), *Influenza vaccine or declination form, and *COVID19 vaccine (2 shot series). *Medical and religious exemptions are the discretion of the clinical facility.

    Tuition is $4,750 and includes a workbook, class materials, CPR certificate, soft skills, credential exams, and externships with local employers. Textbooks are provided to students for their use during the program and are required to be returned when a student completes or withdraws from the program.

    Laurel Brinkley, MSN, RN, Practical Nursing Lead Faculty

    Laurel Brinkley, MSN, RN, visionary nurse educator who has experience working with both, ADN & PN students. A motivated instructor whose goal is to provide life-changing education and opportunities to the students she teaches. "Once you become a nurse, you will start seeing things in a different light, and people will start seeing you in a different light as well."

    The following prerequisites are required for participation in the Certified Medical Assistant Program.

    • Must pass a Criminal Background Check (completed by ODU School of Continuing Education)
    • Must pass a Drug Screen (completed by student at your choice of locations)
    • Attend Mandatory Orientation (date will be given once we have received your application)
    • Student must be 18+ years of age (or 17 and a senior in high school or high school graduate)
    • Transcript from High School, GED Program or College
    • Copies of any current professional license, or certification (as it pertains to CMA or nursing)
    • 1 Letter of recommendation
    • Copy of current immunization records to include: *Hepatitis B (3 shot series as a child or 2 shot series as adult), *PPD 2 Step within the past 60 days, *Varicella (2 shot series vaccine), *MMR (2 shot series vaccine), *Dtap (vaccine), *Influenza vaccine or declination form, and *COVID19 vaccine (2 shot series). *Medical and religious exemptions are the discretion of the clinical facility.

    Tuition is $4,750 and includes a workbook, class materials, CPR certificate, soft skills, credential exams, and externships with local employers. Textbooks are provided to students for their use during the program and are required to be returned when a student completes or withdraws from the program.

    Laurel Brinkley, MSN, RN, Practical Nursing Lead Faculty

    Laurel Brinkley, MSN, RN, visionary nurse educator who has experience working with both, ADN & PN students. A motivated instructor whose goal is to provide life-changing education and opportunities to the students she teaches. "Once you become a nurse, you will start seeing things in a different light, and people will start seeing you in a different light as well."

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    Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. You will learn how to complete common duties of a medical assistant include administrative and clinical tasks like:

    • Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
    • Answering phone calls and questions
    • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
    • Administering injections or medications
    • Working in the electronic health record (EHR)
    • Performing EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures
    • Taking patient vital signs

     

    As an EKG Technician you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

    • Set up and administer EKGs (electrocardiograms) and stress tests
    • Prepare patients for Holter or ambulatory monitoring
    • Edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis
    • Schedule appointments
    • Transcribe physicians' interpretations

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

    • Draw blood from patients and blood donors
    • Evaluate patients' ability to withstand procedure
    • Explain blood-drawing procedure to patients and answer questions
    • Perform basic point of care testing, such as blood glucose levels
    • Prepare blood, urine, and other specimens for testing
    • Verify patient/donor identity
    • Maintain medical equipment such as needles, test tubes and blood vials
    18%
    Projected Employment Growth
    From 2020 to 2023
    #1
    Fastest-Growing Occupation
    104K
    Openings
    Estimated Each Year

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    Dates

    Mandatory Orientation: TBD

    Class Dates: February 26 to July 21, 2024

    Externship Dates: June 24 to July 21, 2024

    Times

    Asynchronous for class times. Set your own hours.

    Location

    Online

    Externship Locations: TBD

    Cost

    Fees

    $4,750 includes:

    • Workbook
    • Class materials
    • CPR certificate
    • Soft skills
    • Credential exams
    • Externships with local employers

    Early Bird Discount

    A paid-in-full early bird discount of $500 is available if you register by December 30, 2023.

    Ways to Pay

    Funding methods include:

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    Refund Policy

    To withdraw from the Certified Medical Assistant course, you must send a request in writing to cepd@odu.edu (7) days prior the start date of the course. Failure to attend a course does not constitute withdrawal. Course registration fees, less a $100.00 processing fee will be refunded back to your original form of payment. There are no refunds once the class has begun.

    Late withdrawals of six (6) days or less before the class begins, will result in the student being charged the $100.00 processing fee, as well as charges for books and/or other course material fees.