Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Training Program

Christ Health trains men and women for careers as Certified Medical Assistants through a partnership with the Woodlawn Foundation and M-Power Ministries.

Students participate and complete Alabama's Ready to Work (RTW) program as part of their CMA program enrollment through a partnership with M-Power. With the successful completion of RTW, students earn a National Career Readiness Certificate and Alabama Certified Worker Certificate.

Students will receive CPR training, including BLS for Healthcare Provider Certification. All students who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the National Health Careers Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam.

The program offers free childcare for moms enrolled in the program on an as-needed basis.


  • Woodlawn Foundation
  • M-Power Ministries

Previous Grants

  • Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation
  • Wells Fargo

Program Director & Contact Info

For any questions please call (205) 380-9455 or email Juliana Hodges at [email protected].

What is a Certified Medical Assistant?

A Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) is a multi-skilled allied health care professional specializing in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory health care setting. CMAs perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist various providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. They typically work in medical offices, clinics, urgent care centers, and general medicine or specialty practices.

Typical duties of a medical assistant include administrative and clinical tasks such as:

  • Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
  • Answering phone calls and questions
  • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
  • Administering injections or medications
  • Working in the electronic health record (EHR)
  • Performing EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures
  • Taking patient vital signs
How much does the program cost?

The Ready to Work (RTW) program and the complete CMA Training Program are funded through partnerships, grants, and donations, allowing students to receive all aspects of their education for free.

Some of the free education items include textbooks, workbooks, health screenings, required vaccines, basic healthcare education supplies such as stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs, clinical scrubs, certification exam fees, and any other program associated expenses.

Am I eligible to apply?

Students must be 18 years or older, high school diploma or GED, resident of Woodlawn, or the surrounding communities - both men and women are encouraged to apply!

How do I get an application?

Applications will be available when the next application cycle begins. Christ Health will post applications on this webpage, or applicants can obtain hard copies at any Christ Health clinic location or through the Woodlawn Foundation. Christ Health will let you know when the next application cycle begins with an announcement via our social media pages.

How many students are accepted into the program?

Christ Health can accept a total of 20 students per cohort. Demand for the program is high, and space is limited, so we recommend that you apply early.

When and where are classes held?

The CMA program holds classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Woodlawn, primarily at Social Venture. Clinical rotations occur during the day during regular clinic business hours at various clinics. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.

How long does the program last?

The program is approximately 10 months long: 6 weeks of Ready-to-Work training, 23 weeks of didactic coursework, and 2 6-week blocks, one for clinical rotations and one for intensive exam review.

If you have additional questions about applying for the program or wish to provide support please contact the CMA Training Program Director, Juliana Hodges at [email protected].