Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56 
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56

Medical Assistant, Certificate of Completion

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School of Nursing & Patient Support (NPS)

Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform routine administrative and clinical duties in clinics, doctor offices, and other health care agencies. Medical assistants are multi-skilled in areas of medical office organization, patient care management, and health navigation. Specific duties vary by medical setting depending on the location, specialty, and size of the office/clinic. The goal of this cohorted program is to prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

The CNM Medical Assistant Certificate of Completion is accreditated by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, www.caahep.org is located 9355 113th Street N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; Phone (727) 210-2350

Graduates of the CNM Medical Assistant Program are eligible to sit for a national certification of their choice. National Certification demonstrates achieved competencies and may lead to higher compensation and career ladder opportunities. 

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is a: Certificate of Completion.
  • This educational option can be completed: In three terms.
  • This educational option is designed for: Students who want to pursue a career as a medical assistant. Medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. This program will prepare graduates to take a national certifying exam.
  • Primary course location: CNM Rio Rancho / UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Special Requirements

Physical Requirements

Students must be in good physical and psychological health. Students may be asked to provide documentation of a recent physical examination. Many health programs require the student to be able to safely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations are made for students with disabilities. However, some disabilities may prohibit students from completing program specific competencies or gaining employment. Students with disabilities that may interfere with completing program competencies are advised to contact the School of Nursing and Patient Support (NPS) for more information.

Criminal Background

Most of the health programs in NPS require students undergo the New Mexico Department of Health caregivers criminal history screening program. This involves state and federal felony criminal background checks with fingerprints. This must be completed prior to starting their program or prior to beginning their clinical experiences. Students with a disqualifying conviction can appeal some of those convictions through the New Mexico Department of Health. Depending on the program, students may or may not be allowed to remain in the program pending appeal. Students who do not successfully appeal a disqualifying conviction will not be allowed to start or remain in the program. A successful appeal does not guarantee eligibility for licensure after graduation in professions that require licensure.

Other Compliance Requirements

Many of the health programs in NPS require students to undergo a routine urine drug screen, provide documentation of current immunizations, have a current Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) certificate and other training prior to beginning the program or beginning clinical education, all of which, along with the criminal background check, are verified through the Office of Verification and Compliance.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus training sites. (Clinical courses at healthcare facilities, hospitals, externships, etc.)

Educational Opportunities

Students planning to continue their education beyond the certificate level may pursue other academic programs in the healthcare field.

Some of the courses in this program are transferable and may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Students that have not attended for the past two years, please contact the School of Nursing and Patient Support for assistance.

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.

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