Exam Information

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam

Altrain Medical and Dental Assisting Academy assists our students through the entire process of obtaining their CCMA license. This exam is an industry certification developed by the National Healthcare Association (NHA). We teach everything that is on the exam throughout the 3-month classroom portion of the program. There is a strong emphasis on clinical patient care, including general patient care, infection control, testing and lab procedures, phlebotomy, and EKG and cardiovascular testing on the exam. We thoroughly prepare our students for the written exam with lecture, pretests and handouts and hands-on training. Each student will also receive study and prep materials from the NHA. We submit their application and include the exam fees and study materials in the tuition. Altrain Medical and Dental Assisting Academy is an approved testing center and the CCMA is administered on site in a comfortable environment for our students.

The NHA certification is active for two years upon passing the CCMA exam. Continuing education is required to renew the certification. This certification allows certificate holders to work in all 50 states.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam Details

2020 Fees – $229.00 (includes prep materials)
150 Questions (plus 30 pretest questions that are used to gather data)
3 hour time limit

The questions fall into seven topic areas, which the NHA refers to as “domains:”

  1. Foundational Knowledge and Basic Science (10%)
  2. Anatomy and Physiology (8%)
  3. Clinical Patient Care (54%)
  4. Patient Care Coordination and Education (5%)
  5. Administrative Assisting (13%)
  6. Communication and Customer Service (5%)
  7. Medical Law and Ethics (5%)

Each domain has different subtopics that are categorized as either knowledge statements or task statements. Knowledge statements refer to information and concepts that the student will need to know. Task statements relate to physical duties that the student will need to know how to perform.

Additional information regarding the requirements and exam information is listed below. You may also obtain more knowledge on the National Healthcare Associations website at:


Altrain Medical and Dental Assisting Academy students are eligible to take the exam.

Domain 1 – Foundational Knowledge and Basic Science

The Foundational Knowledge and Basic Science domain includes 34 knowledge statements related to healthcare systems, medical terminology, basic pharmacology, and more. The information in this domain is the bare minimum of what any clinical medical assistant will need to know for success as a healthcare professional.

Domain 2 – Anatomy and Physiology

The Anatomy and Physiology domain has 12 knowledge statements related to body structures, organ systems, pathophysiology, disease processes, and microbiology. Similar to the previous domain, the knowledge of anatomy and physiology, can make or break someone’s success on the CCMA exam.

Domain 3 – Clinical Patient Care

The Clinical Patient Care domain is broken into five subsections, each with a varying number of knowledge and task statements.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • General Patient Care (37 knowledge statements, 24 task statements)
  • Infection Control (14 knowledge statements, 6 task statements)
  • Testing and Laboratory Procedures (13 knowledge statements, 8 task statements)
  • Phlebotomy (22 knowledge statements, 13 task statements)
  • EKG and Cardiovascular Testing (10 knowledge statements, 6 task statements)

This is the largest portion of the exam as it includes most of the day-to-day tasks a clinical medical assistant completes.

Domain 4 – Patient Care Coordination and Education

The Patient Care Coordination and Education domain has 10 knowledge statements and 6 task statements related to how a medical assistant will interact with patients and their families in different scenarios. These involve tasks such as participating in transition care for patients and team-based patient care.

Domain 5 – Administrative Assisting

The Administrative Assisting domain includes 24 knowledge statements and 16 task statements related to patient scheduling, documentation, working with medical records, and other administrative tasks. Even though many healthcare practices have medical administrative assistants, it’s common for clinical medical assistants to work closely with them.

Domain 6 – Communication and Customer Service

The Communication and Customer Service domain is made up of 18 knowledge statements and 8 task statements. This domain includes statements related to the different ways a clinical medical assistant will communicate both with patients and other healthcare workers.

Domain 7 – Medical Law and Ethics

The Medical Law and Ethics domain has 8 knowledge statements and 8 task statements related to laws and ethics in the healthcare setting. These include topics such as advanced directives, the Hippocratic Oath, patient privacy, and more.

In addition to these seven domains, the NHA has a list of “Core Knowledge and Skills.” These are the items that the NHA states as “fundamental skills and necessary knowledge for a medical assistant.”

This “core” information may be used in the context of different questions on the exam, so it’s important to review them as well.

Overall, the NHA’s CCMA Test Plan includes all of the details on what your students will need to know to pass the exam!


All students past and present are welcome to join existing classes to hear the lecture again prior to taking their exam and are able to schedule one on one sessions with an instructor to quiz them on exam questions a no charge.

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If you want a great hands on, small class size, educators willing to help you succeed and know your name you have the right place. Look no further!! I walked into Altrain only because I heard the ad on the radio. Instantly, I felt like this was the place to get my career path on the right track. My first person I ran into sat down and told me everything I would need to do to start school all the way to the end and how they would help place me for a job.


I highly recommend Altrain dental assisting academy, it is a great school and only a short 13 weeks. I took night classes and loved the amount of time that we actually got practice everything hands on. Everyone at the school is very nice and helpful.


I absolutely love Altrain! I’m confident the instructors and small class sizes will make for an easy 13 weeks! The hands on learning really helps things stick in my memory. I’m so excited to see where my future will go after graduation. Thanks Altrain!


I’ve been currently attending Altrain dental school and I love it! Everything about it is absolutely perfect! The teachers, the class size and all the hands on learning we do. I couldn’t be more happy that I choose to go to Altrain.


This school is awesome, the instructors and staff are so nice and caring and really do everything they can to make this possible. Class was fun and hands on and you learn so much in a short period of time!


Great school! They have the best instructor and staff. The classes are small, it’s hands on, and it’s only 13 weeks.

Great instructors and a great hands on program! Highly recommend going to Altrain!
If you are lost on what to do for your career or what school to attend, I 100% recommend you choose Altrain! The staff is amazing & teach you everything you need to know in order to be successful in this job field. I already had 3 job offers only a week after graduation! They are amazing!
I had visited and toured a couple other dental assistant schools besides Altrain and none of them compared to Altrain. The facility is definitely made to look like a dental office 100% and with a lot of space to work. If you want somewhere reliable and with friendly staff this is the place for you. In 13 weeks you will get the right amount of information to be successful in your dental field career! Totally recommended!
I too did a lot of research on Dental Assisting schools before I chose Altrain. For starters they were the ONLY school that actually offers everything that you need to be successful in your career. X-ray, Coronal Polish, CPR and Dentrix (front office too)! They have more than double the amount of days and hours of all the other short programs. That’s why everyone passes the state exams. The other schools say they do it too but there is no way they can find the time in 1 or 2 days a week. The school is so clean and looks just like a dental office. And when Altrain says the offer job placement, they mean it!!! My resume and cover letter are fantastic! Tannis sent me on 4 job leads before graduation and I had a job a week after I finished the program! When it comes to Dental Assisting this is the ONLY school to even consider!!!!

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