CPCC medical assisting graduates earn 100-percent pass rate on national certification exam for 11th-straight year

last modified Aug 13, 2013 08:23 AM

For the 11th consecutive year, students who completed Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Medical Assisting Program 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, of the students who sat for the national CMA (AAMA) exam in the U.S., CPCC students exceeded the minimum passing score by more than 30 points – a margin that placed them above the 99th percentile in the nation. In fact, the overall national scale score for this year’s test takers was 488; CPCC students’ average scale score was 672 – a 184-point differential.

“Medical assisting continues to be one of the most in-demand heath careers across the country and Mecklenburg County is no exception,” said Ruth Hedgpeth, dean of Health, Early Childhood Education and Cosmetology at CPCC. “CPCC is proud to be able to provide the local medical community with such highly trained and skilled medical assistants. We are able to produce quality graduates because of our excellent and experienced faculty and state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.”

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.