Course Title
Medical Assistant Non-Comprehensive
Course Code

Audience: This class is for those students CURRENTLY working as a medical assistant (MA) in a physician’s office/clinic/urgent care/hospital setting.  This class does not have a clinical component or classroom instruction.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Must have one year experience as a medical assistant or completed a medical assistant training program within the past year
  • Proof of completion of medical assistant program OR a letter of recommendation from current employer with dates of employment

To sit for an NHA exam, you must:

Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent, such as the General Education Development test (GED) or other equivalency test recognized by the candidate’s state of residency, or diploma and official transcript reflecting equivalent education as evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers for secondary education (if documents are not in English, a translation into English from a translation service approved in the United States for legal or government documents must be available upon request). Candidates that do not currently meet this requirement but will be able to do so within twelve months may be eligible for a Provisional Certification.

Successfully complete a training program or have relevant work experience as described below:

  • Training Program: Candidates must successfully complete a training program in the health field covered by the NHA certification exam offered by an accredited or state-recognized institution or provider.
  • Military: Formal medical services training in the health field covered by the NHA certification exam offered by any branch of the U.S. Military fulfills the Training Program. Candidates whose date of graduation or completion from their training program is five years or more prior to the date of application also must have relevant work experience as described below.
  • Work Experience: Candidates must have at least one (1) year of supervised work experience in the health field covered by the NHA certification exam within the past three (3) years.

Course Information:

  • This is a self-paced online course.
  • The student will be able to take up to five (5) practice exams prior to taking the national certification through the National HealthCareer Association (NHA).
  • Ozark Technical Community College (OTC) will be the dedicated testing site for this exam and exam dates will be listed on the NHA website.
  • Students will register for the exam via the NHA website. The course cost includes one attempt at the national certification.

Main Topics:

  • Patient Care
  • Patient care and Preparation Related to Phlebotomy and EKG
  • Communication
  • Office Administration
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Phlebotomy collections and processing
  • EKG monitoring

*Students can register at any time.

Call 417-447-8888 for information on registration.

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