Clinical Medical Assistant Credential

Next Start TimeDurationFormatCredits
Fall2 semestersIn-Person, Asynchronous15
clinical medical assistant student


Start your healthcare career as a Clinical Medical Assistant! This Credential provides you with skills and resources for employment as an integral part of the team in many healthcare settings. This microcredential creates an efficient way for you to stand out from other applicants for clinical medical assistant positions. You can begin a professional career in as little as one semester and fill a need for highly qualified personnel with advanced skills in the field of medical assistance. You can expect to learn vital signs, EKGs, aseptic techniques, infection control, rooming patients, confidentiality, communication, professionalism, medical documentation, law and ethics of health care, point of care (POC) patient testing, introduction to medical office management, and insurance and billing through classroom learning and immersive fieldwork. You may sit for the National Health Association Medical Assistant exam upon completion of the course to earn national certification from the NHA.  

Searchable job titles may include:

  • Clinical Medical Assistant 
  • Medical Assistant 


The Clinical Medical Assistant Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires students to earn a passing grade in four courses, which can typically be completed in two semesters. These four courses can be applied towards the Liberal Arts and Science: General Studies A.S. degree (and can be taken with nursing prerequisites). Courses are offered in hybrid format.  

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Our Partners

Thank you to Cayuga Medical Associates and Guthrie Cortland for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates.

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Financing your Microcredential

There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. Discuss your options with an Admissions representative when you register. 

  • Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs is now available for many microcredentials at TC3! For more information the HESC website. A valid FAFSA must be on file to be eligible. To apply and for questions, contact Associate Director of Financial Aid Sarah Dockstater at
  • Grant money is available through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund for Tompkins County residents 
  • Grants are available through Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center for county residents 
  • Several employers in our community offer tuition reimbursement and sponsorship specifically for microcredentials  
  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. 


FallENGL 100Monday - FridayMorning through Evening options
FallBIOL 100 OR
BIOL 104
Monday - FridayMorning through Evening options
FallHLTH 104Asynchronous OnlineAsynchronous Online
FallHLTH 111Wednesday6:00-9:10pm
SpringHLTH 112Asynchronous + Internship Hours