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Edinboro University's Porreco College
2951 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16506
Phone: (814) 836-1955 or
(814) 732-2544
Fax: (814) 833-2085

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Clinical Medical Assistant Program

Clinical Medical Assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings under the supervision of a licensed physician. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks.

Certified Medical Assistant


This program includes 140 hours of classroom theory and hands on labs, and a 160-hour clinical externship at a local healthcare provider. The classroom instruction consists of lectures, group activities, discussions and exams, and the lab provides an opportunity for students to learn, practice and demonstrate medical assistant skills. The externship allows students to apply the skills they have learned in a real-world healthcare setting.

The program will cover the following key areas and topics:

  • Responsibilities of the clinical medical assistant and introduction to healthcare facilities
  • Preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine procedures and diagnostic testing
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal skills and human behavior
  • HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of healthcare and regulatory patient care issues
  • Recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressure, and other patient care items related to the physician office visit
  • Review and administration of medications, allergies and other pharmacology related items
  • Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy and the proper techniques required to collect specimens for laboratory analysis
  • Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12 lead EKG
  • And more

Job Outlook

Medical assistant is among the fastest growing occupations, as noted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing a 23% growth rate of employment from 2014-2024.


Full course fee is only $2,599, compared to $15,000 at other institutions. Enrollment fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the program and includes all textbooks.


Summer classes begin June 19, 2018
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 9:30 p.m. (June 19 to September 6)
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8)


Porreco College of Edinboro University

After completing the Clinical Medical Assisting Program, students will be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

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