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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Riverland Adds A New Medical Assistant Program - krforadio.com

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Riverland Adds A New Medical Assistant Program
krforadio.com
A quick Google search showed the average pay for a Medical Assistant across the U.S. was $17 an hour. So you probably won't get rich but you can be working soon. Hours for MA's are usually an 8-5PM shift on weekdays which might be attractive to some.

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Health Matters: What is a Medical Assistant? - NBC2 News

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Health Matters: What is a Medical Assistant?
NBC2 News
She found her passion as a medical assistantEUR”a job that was just supposed to get her foot in the door. After 17 years she says the patients and many job requirements are what made her stay. EURœI just found that I really enjoyed what I was doing, so I .

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Local medical assistants have their own day - Lowell Sun

Local medical assistants have their own day
Lowell Sun
Several medical and education institutions in the Lowell area sponsored the first-ever Greater Lowell Medical Assistant Day Institute on a recent Saturday. The event was designed in collaboration with the Greater Lowell Health Alliance, Health and .

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Flu season is just around the corner and it's time to get vaccinated - Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle

Flu season is just around the corner and it's time to get vaccinated
Houston Chronicle
And if you visit your doctor, you might be asked: EURœDo you want a flu shot?EUR EURœLast season was one of the worst flu seasons we've had in over a decade,EUR said Dr. Shita Patel, an assistant professor of medicine in Baylor College of Medicine's infectious .

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The Ultimate Physician's Assistant - Forbes

The Ultimate Physician's Assistant
Forbes
While on the administrative front, AI is helping insurance companies detect fraud and hospitals eliminate wasteful spending, streamline medical records and prevent cyber data theft, it is patient care where many believe AI will have the most immediate .

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LLC honors first medical assistant graduates in pinning ceremony - Effingham Daily News

LLC honors first medical assistant graduates in pinning ceremony
Effingham Daily News
At the 2018 Lake Land College first Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Pinning Ceremony, graduating medical assistants received their pins. Medical Assistant Program Instructor Molly Yeske said she saw huge improvement in her students academically .

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Hawaii high school students tapped to fill medical assistant shortage - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Hawaii high school students tapped to fill medical assistant shortage
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Demand for medical assistants in Hawaii far outstrips supply, after Heald College shut down three years ago and Med-Assist of Hawaii lost its accreditation in February. Read More · Please click here to log in to view this story. EUR or EUR. NEW SUBSCRIBERS .

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Silver Pine Medical Group in Sterling Heights seeking medical assistants - WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Silver Pine Medical Group in Sterling Heights seeking medical assistants
WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Silver Pine Medical Group. Location. Sterling Heights, MI. Job Type. Hourly - PT and FT. Job Summary. We are seeking a dedicated, hard-working flexible medical assistants to become a member of our team. Prior experience with EMR/EHR is a must, with .

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How providers can innovate to combat physician burnout - MD Linx

How providers can innovate to combat physician burnout
MD Linx
He advocates for onboarding more physicians and medical assistants to combat an already worsening physician shortage, yet another cause of burnout. "We need more bodies to handle the load," he said. "Long-term, give me EMR interoperability and an .

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ACAP receives grant to buy new screening equipment for Head Start program - The County

The County

ACAP receives grant to buy new screening equipment for Head Start program
The County
Those new methods not only produce more accurate readings but also involve less time for both children and medical assistants, according to Addy Beck-Bell, ACAP health coordinator for early care and education. EURœA process that used to take 15 to 20 .

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