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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Respected Medical Assistant in Brooklyn, New York Suela Mullaj, to be Highlighted in the Worldwide Leaders in . - PR NewsChannel (press release)

Respected Medical Assistant in Brooklyn, New York Suela Mullaj, to be Highlighted in the Worldwide Leaders in .
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The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Suela Mullaj, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Suela Mullaj is a highly trained and qualified Medical Assistant currently .

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San Manuel Gateway College graduates first class of medical . - Highland Community News (subscription)

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The first class to receive a Loma Linda University education in the city limits of San Bernardino was presented with certificates during a graduation ceremony on .

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3 medical assistants graduate from BTC - Buffalo Reflex (subscription)

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Hard work has paid off for Bolivar Technical College's latest round of medical assistant graduates. On May 5, Bolivar Technical College held a commencement ceremony for medical assistant students.

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College OK's budget with less revenue, fewer positions - Ontario Argus Observer

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College OK's budget with less revenue, fewer positions
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However, part of the approved budget does allow for two new programs: a medical assistant program and fixed wing aviation program. The medical assistant program is expected to see between 15 to 20 students in the fall, while the aviation program is .

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My employee performed unauthorized procedures. Am I negligent - ModernMedicine

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Dr. Derm runs a large medical and cosmetic dermatology office where he offers a variety of energy-based device cosmetic procedures. He practices in a state where the performance of laser procedures can only be done by physicians, physician assistants, .

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Medical Assistant program testing dates set - Mt. Vernon Register-News

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INA EUR” New testing dates have been scheduled for the Rend Lake College Medical Assistant program to give students the chance to complete applications for entrance into the program's Fall 2017 semester. Applications are due Friday, July 14. The Medical .

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Medical assistants graduate from Bolivar Technical College . - Bolivar Herald-Free Press (subscription)

Medical assistants graduate from Bolivar Technical College .
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Bolivar Technical College held a commencement ceremony Friday, May 5, for medical assistant students.

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