Steps to Becoming a Certified Medical Assistant

Do you want to work in the exciting and rewarding field of medicine but don't want to be a doctor? There are still so many opportunities for people who want to help others in a medical setting. For example, you could become a certified medical assistant. While it is not mandatory that medical assistants be certified, it is highly recommended by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA.) Certified medical assistants often have better job prospects than the non-certified.

The first step to becoming one of these professionals is deciding whether or not the job is right for you. Even medical assistants with certification may still have to do grunt work like answering phones and maintaining patient records. However, you will also possibly be doing things like taking blood samples and performing simple tasks like blood pressure readings and sometimes vaccinations. It all depends on the rules established by your state and where you work. It is important to be the type of person who can handle graphic medical sights (like blood) and care for patients without becoming attached to them. This is an area where many struggle, there are nurses whose bedside manner is gruff and cold, while others are too involved in their patient's pain and get stressed. It is important to find a happy medium in this area.

After you've made the decision to become a medical assistant, find an accredited educational program. These are often offered by vocational schools and 1 to 2 year colleges. Although vocational schools are most associated with teens in high school, some offer adult programs as well. And, small colleges often have night classes for working adults with other responsibilities. You can even take a distance learning course, although not all of your training and education can be done in this way. An internship at a physician's office is a very important part of your training.

The final step after graduation to become a certified medical assistant is to take the CMA exam. It is given three times per year at over 200 United States testing sites. You may obtain a job as a medical assistant before you take your certification exam. After becoming certified, you may want to look at the next step up which is Registered Medical Assistant or RMA and requires more experience before the exam can be taken.

 



 

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Oakland County partnership creates free medical assistant apprenticeship program - The Oakland Press

The Oakland Press

Oakland County partnership creates free medical assistant apprenticeship program
The Oakland Press
Oakland County Michigan Works! has partnered with The Henry Ford Health System, Oakland Community College and Henry Ford College in order to address a shortage of in-demand talent. For the first time in southeast Michigan, a no-cost medical assistant .
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Medical assisting program at Kaua'i CC receives accreditation - UH System Current News

UH System Current News

Medical assisting program at Kaua'i CC receives accreditation
UH System Current News
The demand for medical assistants in Hawaiʻi is growing and Kauaʻi Community College's effort to meet that demand has garnered national recognition and respect. According to the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges' Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors website .

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KCC Medical Assistant Program gains national approval - Thegardenisland.com

Thegardenisland.com

KCC Medical Assistant Program gains national approval
Thegardenisland.com
PUHI EUR Tahra Kaui and Dave Aguinaldo enrolled in classes at Kauai Community College together in the fall of 2015 and have been working through the college's Medical Assistant Program. It's been a long road for both, and in about a month they'll be .

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Former medical assistant at Children's Pediatric Clinic + 7 others arrested for prescription fraud - Becker's Hospital Review

Former medical assistant at Children's Pediatric Clinic + 7 others arrested for prescription fraud
Becker's Hospital Review
St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office arrested eight individuals EUR including a former medical assistant at LaPlace, La.-based The Pediatrics Medical Clinic EUR in connection with a fraudulent prescription drug ring for opiate-based medications .

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Ex-East Bay Kaiser medical aide gets 3 years for sexually assaulting patient - East Bay Times

East Bay Times

Ex-East Bay Kaiser medical aide gets 3 years for sexually assaulting patient
East Bay Times
DUBLIN EUR A former medical assistant who sexually assaulted two patients at a Kaiser Hospital in Union City was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. Efrain Castanon, 48, pleaded guilty in January to one count of sexual battery for assaulting a .

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Wisconsin woman 'body slams' suspect 'viciously' attacking officer, police say - Fox News

Fox News

Wisconsin woman 'body slams' suspect 'viciously' attacking officer, police say
Fox News
An off-duty medical assistant in Wisconsin came to the rescue of two officers with the Portage Police Department who were EURviciously attackedEUR while attempting to arrest a man who violated his parole, authorities said. Officer Brian Lowenhagen and Sgt .

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Houston Community College at Missouri City offers medical assistant program - Community Impact Newspaper

Community Impact Newspaper

Houston Community College at Missouri City offers medical assistant program
Community Impact Newspaper
Houston Community College has a strong medical assistant program, said Cynthia Lundgren, the program's director. Although clinical procedures are taught at the HCC-Coleman College in Houston because of its laboratory facilities, classes such as anatomy .

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Catholic Medical Center fills workforce gaps through apprenticeships - Manchester Ink Link (press release) (blog)

Manchester Ink Link (press release) (blog)

Catholic Medical Center fills workforce gaps through apprenticeships
Manchester Ink Link (press release) (blog)
MANCHESTER, NH EUR Catholic Medical Center (CMC) has launched a new medical assistant registered apprenticeship program to help fill key clinical positions. The program is made possible through a partnership with Manchester Community College (MCC) and .

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Former medical assistant, 7 others jailed in connection with prescription fraud - NOLA.com

NOLA.com

Former medical assistant, 7 others jailed in connection with prescription fraud
NOLA.com
A former medical assistant at a children's clinic and seven others have been arrested and jailed in connection with a fraudulent prescription drug ring for opiate-based medication, authorities in St. John the Baptist Parish announced Friday (April 13 .

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Medical Assisting EUR A Health Care Profession on the Rise - UC Blue Ash College (blog)

UC Blue Ash College (blog)

Medical Assisting EUR A Health Care Profession on the Rise
UC Blue Ash College (blog)
Medical assisting is one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that jobs in this field will grow at a whopping 29 percent over the next decade, compared to the 7 percent growth across all professions .

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