A certified medical assistant is an accomplished healthcare professional. It designates you as a professional that is recognized for having completed the necessary training and testing to be certified as a medical assistant. It puts you in the top of the medical assisting career field.
The CMA certificate awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) is the premier of certification of the medical assisting profession. Receiving the certificate means that you have been certified by the Certifying Board of Medical Assistants. There is no doubt that you will have a professional leg up, prestige with in the profession and certainly more job opportunities and long-term job security.
There are also other specialty certifications you can pursue such as the medical administrative assistant or the clinical medical assistant.
Why Get Certified?
Medical assisting offers many opportunities for advancement – especially now with the tremendous expansion in the healthcare industry. Certified medical assistants can look to opportunities for advancement as office managers or clinical supervisors. Some may look too specialize. Others may further their career with continued education or go into nursing. Still others may elect to teach medical assisting.
Since you must renew your certification every 60 months you’ll be keeping abreast of new developments in the healthcare field. You’ll be recognized as a professional that is current with advances in the field.
Since the CMA is a national certification that is recognized across the country. So if you relocate your certification will go with you. It is a continual testimony to your hard work, ongoing educational commitment and dedication to helping others.
How to become a Certified Medical Assistant
Step 1 – You should review the CMA certification/recertification eligibility requirements to see if you currently qualify or could qualify to take the exam. Generally to be eligible to take the exam the candidate must be a graduate of a medical assisting program that is accredited by CAAHEP or ABHES. If you graduate after January 1, 2010 you have 60 months to take and pass the exam.
Step 2 – Enroll in and successfully complete an accredited medial assisting program. Find the program that is right for you. In choosing a program, consider tuition costs and the availability of financial aid. Understand what the academic prerequisites are. For most programs a high school diploma or GED equivalent is required. Determine how long the program takes and what is involved with the practicum. The practicum is an unpaid work experience conducted onsite at an ambulatory healthcare facility.
Step 3 – Apply to take the exam. Fill out the application form and provide all required documentation. Make sure you include proper payment. Applications without proper payment can delay the scheduling of your exam. You will be notified of your application status within 30 days of the date you mail the application.
Step 4 – Schedule an Exam Appointment. When your application has been properly approved and processed you will be notified by email. This will include instructions for scheduling an exam appointment