University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Clinical Medical Assistant C.T.S.

Medical Assistants are cross-trained with skills and knowledge in front office administrative, clinical, and limited laboratory procedures that are designed to assist healthcare practitioners in administering to the needs of patients. Physicians appreciate the versatility of medical assistants and their role as vital partners in ambulatory settings.  The program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position in Clinical Medical Assisting that will prepare them for a Certified Clinical Medical Assisting credential.  Students can choose to continue their education and complete the AAS in Medical Assisting that makes them eligible for the Registered Medical Assisting credential upon graduation.

Upon completion of the program students will learn:

  • To assist with medical examinations, vital signs, administering medications and injections (under supervision), sterilizing instruments, and electrocardiography.
  • Laboratory skills will include venipuncture (under supervision) and performing selected CLIA-waived laboratory tests.
  • Become acquainted with the laws and regulations governing medicine in the ambulatory setting, as well as ethical issues being confronted in the health care arena.
  • Perform computer-based tasks such as electronic health records and scheduling.
  • Effectively communicate with provider and patients.
  • Triage messages between patients and physicians.

Certificate of Technical Studies - Clinical Medical Assistant


Clinical Medical Assisting Required Courses22-23
Total Hours22-23

Degree Specific Credits: 22-23

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Clinical Medical Assistant Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
AHMA 198Internship/Externship5
AHMA 201Medical Assistance and Clinical Procedures I4
AHMA 280Medical Assisting Exam Prep3
AHMS 144Medical Terminology3
AHMS 156Medical Billing Fundamentals3
AHMS 220Medical Office Procedures4
Basic Human Biology
and Basic Human Biology Laboratory
or BIOH 112 Human Form and Function I
or BIOH 113 Human Form and Function II
Total Hours25-26

Minimum Required Grade: C-