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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Settlement reached in dispute over medical evaluations in Dilley detention center - San Antonio Express-News (subscription)

San Antonio Express-News (subscription)

Settlement reached in dispute over medical evaluations in Dilley detention center
San Antonio Express-News (subscription)
The lawsuit was filed in June after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement barred a legal assistant for a pro bono legal aid program from visiting with detainees. According to the lawsuit, ICE barred the legal assistant after she set up telephonic .

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Six Mississippi health care professionals arrested on drug charges - WDSU New Orleans

WDSU New Orleans

Six Mississippi health care professionals arrested on drug charges
WDSU New Orleans
State and federal drug enforcement agents have arrested six Mississippi health care professionals, including a doctor and his medical assistant, on felony drug charges. The arrests stem from separate drug investigations conducted jointly by the .

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New medical assistant apprenticeship comes to Montezuma County - The Durango Herald

The Durango Herald

New medical assistant apprenticeship comes to Montezuma County
The Durango Herald
The Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center has begun offering a new path for area students to become registered medical assistants. On July 20, the group announced that a medical assistant apprenticeship program had received approval .

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Former medical assistant charged in prescription forgeries - The News Journal

The News Journal

Former medical assistant charged in prescription forgeries
The News Journal
A former medical assistant is believed to have provided forged prescriptions for controlled substances to multiple people, according to Delaware State Police. The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected, state police said. Annette Scott .
Former assistant charged with stealing prescription pad from Wilmington doctor's office, forging prescriptionsWDEL 1150AM

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Connecticut Medical Board Fines, Disciplines Doctors - Connecticut Watchdog

Connecticut Medical Board Fines, Disciplines Doctors
Connecticut Watchdog
In an unrelated case in 2015, the board had fined Sivak $1,000 for letting an unlicensed medical assistant operate a laser device for hair removal at the Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Westport. To settle a court case, the board also .

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New medical certification now available for high school students - WAFB.com

New medical certification now available for high school students
WAFB.com
In a big announcement, Louisiana Workforce said "The Medical Assistant certification is now recognized in Louisiana as an advanced statewide credential, creating new opportunities for high school graduates to enter high-wage careers and helping meet .

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In today's pop-up world, OLE Health offers pop-up health care in Napa Valley - Napa Valley Register

Napa Valley Register

In today's pop-up world, OLE Health offers pop-up health care in Napa Valley
Napa Valley Register
Fernando Camacho, left, undergoes a number of medical tests performed by OLE Health medical assistant Rosalina Calderon at a Pop-Up Health Center at Beckstoffer Vineyards on Tuesday afternoon. About 50 agriculture workers received blood pressure .

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Middletown-Based Community Health Center Starts Own Medical Assistant School - Hartford Courant

Hartford Courant

Middletown-Based Community Health Center Starts Own Medical Assistant School
Hartford Courant
The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement started last year with students in Connecticut and Colorado as a pilot group taking a seven-month program that intertwines the classroom and clinical components of traditional medical assistant .

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Six Mississippi healthcare workers, including doctor, arrested on drug charges - Meridian Star

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Six Mississippi healthcare workers, including doctor, arrested on drug charges
Meridian Star
State and federal drug enforcement agents have arrested six Mississippi healthcare professionals, including a doctor and his medical assistant, on felony drug charges, according to a press release from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. The arrests .
Six health care professionals arrested on drug chargesWAPT Jackson
6 health care providers jailed in opioids investigationsJackson Clarion Ledger

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Trump's Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis - New York Times

New York Times

Trump's Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis
New York Times
EURœHe was being realistic about what was going on,EUR said Denise O'Leary, a medical assistant in Wichita. Ms. O'Leary wondered why no one else was coming down on the leftist demonstrators. EURœThere was violence on both sides, there was,EUR Ms. O'Leary said.

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