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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Blackhawk Technical College makes changes, increases enrollment - Gazettextra

Gazettextra

Blackhawk Technical College makes changes, increases enrollment
Gazettextra
Other programs showing increased enrollment this fall are agribusiness, human resources, emergency medical technician, criminal justice, medical assistant, laboratory technician assistant, physical therapy assistant, medical sonography, pharmacy .

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OUS to offer new allied health programs - Huntington Herald Dispatch

OUS to offer new allied health programs
Huntington Herald Dispatch
"The Southern campus will offer certificate courses in clinical medical assistant, pharmacy technician and medical billing and coding," Pennington said. "These programs help us meet needs in our region's labor force for skilled workers in allied health .

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Skelton receives Master of Medical Science degree - Therogersvillereview

Skelton receives Master of Medical Science degree
Therogersvillereview
HARROGATE EUR” Rebeka Skelton, of Rogersville, received a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the Class of 2017 Graduation of the Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic .

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Hospital hosting informational session on becoming a Certified Medical Assistant - Daily Bulldog

Hospital hosting informational session on becoming a Certified Medical Assistant
Daily Bulldog
FARMINGTON - Have you been thinking about a career as a medical assistant, but don't know how to begin your education? Would you like to take your course in the Farmington/Livermore Falls area? If so, plan to attend an information session on Monday, .

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Before you hit Oct. 13 job fair, try these workshops - NJ.com

NJ.com

Before you hit Oct. 13 job fair, try these workshops
NJ.com
The Protocall Group Forklift operators; general laborers; warehouse workers; food production workers; accounting clerks; medical receptionist; human resource assistants;food service; EVS; certified medical assistant; LPN. Tiny Little Pieces Learning .

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SCC medical assistants garner 100 percent pass rate - Mount Airy News

SCC medical assistants garner 100 percent pass rate
Mount Airy News
The most recent cohort of Medical Assisting program graduates at Surry Community College recently received results from their national licensure exam resulting in a 100 percent pass rate for the nine first-time test takers who graduated from Surry in May.

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CCC offers college courses at high school location - Carolinacoastonline

Carolinacoastonline

CCC offers college courses at high school location
Carolinacoastonline
College instructors are teaching courses in criminal justice technology, computer information technology, medical assisting, emergency medical services, general psychology and college success, a course that prepares students for college. Students .

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Orange County physician assistant convicted of writing prescriptions without medical need - OCRegister

Orange County physician assistant convicted of writing prescriptions without medical need
OCRegister
A physician assistant who worked at a Fountain Valley medical clinic has been convicted of federal drug-trafficking charges for writing prescriptions for narcotics without a medical purpose, authorities said on Tuesday. A federal jury on Monday found .

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Certified Medical Assistant - Native American Times - Native Times

Certified Medical Assistant - Native American Times
Native Times
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is seeking candidates for Certified Medical Assistant. Under general supervision, the CMA assists with select nursing and .

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Lessard Medical Assistant Scholarship presented - Alpena News

Alpena News

Lessard Medical Assistant Scholarship presented
Alpena News
Courtesy Photo Marking the award of a newly established scholarship at Alpena Community College are, from left, Kimberly Salziger, ACC Medical Assistant Program director; Mary Benton, Dr. Richard and Mrs. Sharon Lessard Medical Assistant Scholarship .

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