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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Norman Hospital Staff Saves Medical Assistant's Life - U.S. News & World Report

Norman Hospital Staff Saves Medical Assistant's Life
U.S. News & World Report
Norman Hospital Staff Saves Medical Assistant's Life. Norman Regional HealthPlex staff saved medical assistant Lisa Marti's life after she went into cardiac arrest while at work. July 9, 2018, at 1:05 a.m.. Norman Hospital Staff Saves Medical Assistant .

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Sheriff's Dept. investigating accusations that Spring Valley doctor sexually assaulted assistant - 10News

10News

Sheriff's Dept. investigating accusations that Spring Valley doctor sexually assaulted assistant
10News
SPRING VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is investigating accusations that a Spring Valley doctor sexually assaulted his medical assistant. Medical Assistant Sarah Shepherd tells us she'd been working with Dr. Hanid .

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Medical Receptionist and LVN or Medical Assistant Wanted - San Angelo LIVE!

Medical Receptionist and LVN or Medical Assistant Wanted
San Angelo LIVE!
Expanding medical office in San Angelo is searching for 2 positions: experienced Receptionist and Medical Assistant or LVN. Position requires prior medical office experience , excellent computer and organizational skills and efficiency with electronic .

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Three Rivers to hold info sessions on medical assistant program - theday.com

Three Rivers to hold info sessions on medical assistant program
theday.com
Norwich EUR” Three Rivers Community College is holding two information sessions Thursday for its newest credit degree program, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, A.S.. Students in the program will learn how to take vital signs, assist with minor .

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Washington U hiring medical assistant apprentices - St. Louis Business Journal

St. Louis Business Journal

Washington U hiring medical assistant apprentices
St. Louis Business Journal
Washington University is partnering with St. Louis County to train medical assistants through an apprenticeship program. Workers accepted into the one-year program will work for the university's School of Medicine in its clinics and other clinical .

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Diman gets approval to add medical assistant program - Fall River Herald News

Fall River Herald News

Diman gets approval to add medical assistant program
Fall River Herald News
Students entering Diman Regional Vocational High School this school year will now have one more career choice to explore. FALL RIVER EUR” Students entering Diman Regional Vocational High School this school year will now have one more career choice to .

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Doctor building much-needed medical facilities in Ghana - Sentinel & Enterprise

Doctor building much-needed medical facilities in Ghana
Sentinel & Enterprise
Ghana's Ministry of Health requires clinics be staffed by a minimum of one doctor, two nurses, and a medical assistant. MarkAddy said she plans to be on-staff too, at least for the clinic's early days. "It's mine. You have to at least be there at the .

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Career Step Partners with Grace Health to Provide Online Medical Assistant Training to Employees - PR.com (press release)

Career Step Partners with Grace Health to Provide Online Medical Assistant Training to Employees
PR.com (press release)
EURśWe are very pleased to bring our Medical Assistant program to Grace Health to provide quality training for their employees,EURť said Glade Tidwell, Career Step vice president of academic partnerships. EURśThis opportunity to train as a medical assistant .

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Registration open for new clinical medical assistant training - Southwest Times

Registration open for new clinical medical assistant training
Southwest Times
Registration is open for New River Community College's new clinical medical assistant short-term training program. Clinical medical assistants work closely with patients and physicians; take vital signs, interview patients, record patient information .

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Diman Voc-Tech to offer medical assisting - SouthCoastToday.com

SouthCoastToday.com

Diman Voc-Tech to offer medical assisting
SouthCoastToday.com
FALL RIVER EUR” Students entering Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School this school year will now have one more career choice to explore. Aided by a new grant of $17,800, and approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and .

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