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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    Attend an Informational Session

    Have questions? Register to attend a convenient, online informational session.

    Course Information

    Applicants are selected by the Healthcare Program Coordinator based on application criteria. In addition, students must be:

    • at least 18 years old,
    • have earned a high school diploma or GED,
    • passed a criminal background check,
    • and passed a drug screen prior to admission into the program.

    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.

    Dawn Guy

    Dawn Guy, RN, BSN

    Dawn Guy, RN, BSN, is a motivated instructor whose goal is to provide life-changing education and opportunities to the students she teaches. She isi currently working with students to obtain their Clinical Medical Assistant Certification, Phlebotomy Technician Certification, and EKG Technician Certification while preparing them for employment or to continue their education. Guy is enrolled in a Master of Science in Nursing Education program at Western Governor's University with the goal of continuing to teach in advanced nursing programs or entering nursing leadership in the education field.

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    Medical Assistant temperature

    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
    Estimated Each Year
    Fastest-Growing Occupation
    Projected Employment Growth
    From 2020 to 2023

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    Mandatory Orientation: January 5, 2023, via Zoom

    Class Dates: February 20 - July 7, 2023

    Externship Dates: June 5 - June 30, 2023


    Asynchronous for class times. Set your own hours.



    Externship Locations: TBD



    $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 registers by February 2nd.

    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.