As a health science curriculum developer, we work with thousands of teachers every year who need to prepare their students for industry certifications.
Many of these teachers are just getting started with their health science program and are deciding which certifications they should offer.
One of the most popular exams teachers consider is the NHA Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification.
On this page, you'll discover what the NHA CCMA exam is and what your students will need to know to help you decide if the CCMA certification is right for your program.
What Is the NHA CCMA Exam?
The NHA CCMA exam is an industry certification developed by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to measure a student’s knowledge and skills so they can become a certified clinical medical assistant.
When someone passes the exam, they earn a certification designating that they can work in a healthcare facility as a CCMA.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment opportunities for medical assistants will grow 16% through 2031. That means students are flocking towards this certification!
How Is the NHA CCMA Exam Structured?
TheNHA CCMA examis made up of 150 questions (plus 30 pre-test questions that are used to gather data).
The questions fall into seven topic areas, which the NHA refers to as “domains:”
Foundational Knowledge and Basic Science (10%)
Anatomy and Physiology (5%)
Clinical Patient Care (56%)
Patient Care Coordination and Education (8%)
Administrative Assisting (8%)
Communication and Customer Service (8%)
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 statementsrelate to physical duties that the student will need to know how to perform.
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 eight knowledge statements related to body structures, organ systems, pathophysiology, disease processes, and microbiology.
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 12 knowledge statements and 10 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 23 knowledge statements and 22 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 21 knowledge statements and 13 task statements.
That’s why we recommend a two-step approach when it comes to preparing your students for the CCMA exam.
First, you need to teach the foundational healthcare concepts and medical assistant skills in your day to day lessons. Once your students know the information, it’s time to break out the test prep materials to help them review for exam day.
The key to success is to seamlessly tie these two strategies together.
But how can you do that?
Some teachers spend their summer creating their curriculum from scratch to provide customized lessons, activities, and assessment for their courses.
While this is a great option to plan your class from day one up until test day, it takes a lot of time -- and who has that!
That’s why health science instructors have begun switching to a system they can use to teach their classes and prepare their students for the exam!
Prepare Your Students for the NHA CCMA Exam with iCEV
Health science instructors across the country use iCEV's digital curriculum system to teach key concepts and prepare their students for the NHA CCMA exam.
iCEV is designed to empower you to help your students succeed in the classroom, on the exam, and in their future careers as clinical medical assistants.
This is made possible with thousands of ready-to-use instructional resources, classroom management tools, assessment options, student tracking features, and more.
Think this sounds like the right choice for you? Then sign up for a free trial of iCEV! You'll receive full access to the iCEV curriculum so you can decide if it's the best fit for your classroom.