Program Overview

This hands-on program allows students to earn a Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) diploma in a state-of-the-art facility. Graduates are prepared to take the National Healthcareer Association’s CCMA certification exam and work in a variety of medical jobs.

Enrollment is closed

Clinical Medical Assistants

Clinical Medical Assistants communicate between doctors and patients and play a significant role in patient advocacy. They are masters of a wide range of skills and assist with both clinical and administrative tasks. These tasks include scheduling appointments, filing and updating medical charts, taking vital signs, and drawing blood.

Preparing the next generation of Clinical Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants communicate between doctors and patients and play a significant role in patient advocacy.  They are masters of a wide range of skills and assist with both clinical and administrative tasks.

Program Details

If this sounds like the career for you, the Clinical Medical Assistant program will prepare you for this growing field.

Classes take place at ECAT, located on Erie’s Eastside at 650 East Ave. Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 3PM.

This 7-month (28 week) program runs from September 18th, 2023
– April 19th, 2024

Externships in the 4th quarter allow students to learn in a working medical facility and network within the community.

Graduates are prepared to sit for the CCMA exam through the National Healthcareer Association. 

Next Start Date

September 18, 2023


Tuition is offered at no financial cost to any student. Supplies such as scrubs, stethoscopes, and school laptops are also provided at no cost.

Costs associated with clearances, immunizations, screenings, driver’s license or PA State ID, and/or transcripts are the applicant’s responsibility.


Classes meet Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the ECAT Wayne Building. The program takes 28 weeks (7 months) to complete.

Quarter 1: September 18 – November 3

Quarter 2: November 13 – January 5

Quarter 3: January 22 – March 4

Quarter 4: March 18 – April 19 (5 week externship)

Program Requirements

To participate in ECAT Clinical Medical Assistant program you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Complete a math and reading assessment
  • Obtain all required clearances and immunizations
  • Pass all screenings


  • Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology I-III
  • Clinical Procedures & Laboratory Techniques I-III
  • Coding
  • Communications & Professional Skills
  • Electronic Health Records I-II
  • Fundamentals of Medical Assisting I-II
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacology
  • Basic Life Support (American Heart Association)
  • Computers and Professional Skills
hands-on practice

Skills Training

  • Recording symptoms and updating medical histories
  • Giving injections and immunizations
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory samples or performing basic lab tests
  • Patient interaction and bedside manner
  • Performing vital signs
  • Removing stitches or changing wound dressings
  • Drawing blood for lab tests
  • Doing electrocardiograms (heart test) and other medical tests

ECAT also offers special instruction on Friday afternoons tailored to the needs of our cohort. We invite community experts to speak on a variety of subjects:

  • Financial literacy
  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Job readiness
  • Resume workshops
  • SNAP
  • Mental health resources


In the fourth quarter, students are paired with a local medical facility to complete their training before sitting for the CCMA exam.

This hands-on experience, coupled with the continued mentorship and guidance of their instructors, allows students to gain confidence in their field.

Externship 2024:

March 8th – April 19th

Additional Support

Our program includes a dedicated Student Support team that helps remove barriers that might get in the way of your success.

We work with you to solve problems related to childcare, transportation and stress by connecting you with solutions right here in your community. At ECAT, we’re invested in your success and will be with you every step of the way!

Contact Us

STacy Smith

Workforce Programs Coordinator

The Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) is a community-based educational arts and career training facility that inspires, educates and empowers people of all ages with adult job training and creative youth programs.




Erie Center for Arts & Technology
650 East Avenue, Suite 120
Erie, PA 16503

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM