CPCC medical assisting graduates earn 100 percent pass rate on national 
certification exam

last modified Nov 02, 2011 05:16 PM

Students who completed Central Piedmont Community College’s Medical Assisting Program in 2010-2011 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Medical Assistant Examination, administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants – CMA (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) certification is considered the highest credential for medical assistants and is recognized across the United States.

The examination contains questions in three sections: general, administrative and clinical. According to the AAMA, more than 12,000 students sat for the national CMA (AAMA) exam, and CPCC students exceeded the minimum passing score by a margin that placed them above the 99th percentile in the nation.

“Medical assisting is ranked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the fastest growing careers in the country. The anticipated changes in health care and the large baby boomer population reaching retirement age will increase the demand for medical assistants in physician’s offices and clinics,” explained Cathy Flores, CPCC Medical Assisting Program chair. “For the past 40 years, CPCC’s Medical Assisting Program has served the medical community of Mecklenburg County, and we are pleased our recent graduates continue to uphold our high standards and reputation.”

Medical assistants are multi-skilled healthcare professionals who aid physicians with administrative tasks, clinical functions and laboratory procedures. They assist with physical exams, take vital signs and patient histories, administer injections, assist with minor surgeries and electrocardiography and perform venipuncture. Medical assistants also perform administrative duties, such as appointment scheduling, insurance claim processing and billing.

CPCC offers a one-year medical assisting diploma program and a two-year associate in applied science in medical assisting degree program. To learn more about medical assisting at CPCC, visit http://www.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/medical-assisting or call 704.330.6471.


Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing