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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Improved Training Necessary for Qualified Medical Assistants - Rheumatology Advisor

Rheumatology Advisor

Improved Training Necessary for Qualified Medical Assistants
Rheumatology Advisor
HealthDay News EUR” Qualified medical assistants can help primary care practices become more efficient, reduce patient wait times, and streamline patient processing, but their training may be lacking, according to an article published online in Medical .

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Join the healthcare profession as a medical assistant - KSL.com

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Join the healthcare profession as a medical assistant
KSL.com
A growing gap between the number of new graduates of certified medical assistant training programs and the number of open jobs for medical assistants in Utah is getting the attention of Utah's educators. That's good news for workers who want join the .

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Health center emphasizes need for Native Americans to get flu shots - NBC Montana

NBC Montana

Health center emphasizes need for Native Americans to get flu shots
NBC Montana
Medical assistant Marina Powers says the flu shot is highly recommended for natives for several reasons. EURœOur culture is more prone to diabetes and other health complications, such as lung diseases, cancers and stuff like that. So we are more .

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Newsmaker: Community Care College honors medical assistants - Tulsa World

Newsmaker: Community Care College honors medical assistants
Tulsa World
The college's medical assistant program held special events and activities, and students made badges to wear, created EURœsidewalk chalk artEUR in front of the campus, heard from guest speakers that included medical assistant grads and employers, made cards .

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How you could get a big medical bill from someone you've never even met - 9NEWS.com

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How you could get a big medical bill from someone you've never even met
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Now Ramirez First Assisting EUR the business arm of surgical assistant Stephen Ramirez EUR wanted thousands more. Keep in mind, the surgeon who did the actual surgery was in-network. So when Kellner's insurance paid him $4,100 not long after the surgery, .

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76 students graduate from medical assistant programs at Farmington's Charter Institute - Farmington Daily Times

Farmington Daily Times

76 students graduate from medical assistant programs at Farmington's Charter Institute
Farmington Daily Times
FarmingtonĘžs Charter Institute offers only medical assistant programs. Students can go through a 15-month program to earn an associate degree or 10-month programs to earn either a medical assistant certificate or a medical office administrative .

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STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29 - Business West (blog)

STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29
Business West (blog)
. including cosmetology, dental assistant, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, health information technology, medical assistant, medical coding and billing specialist, medical laboratory technician, medical office administrative assistant .

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Brightwood College In Houston To Host Second Annual Holiday Fest With Santa Dec. 8 - The Paper Magazine

Brightwood College In Houston To Host Second Annual Holiday Fest With Santa Dec. 8
The Paper Magazine
NORTH HOUSTON, TX EUR November 16, 2017 EUR Brightwood College in Houston will host its second annual Holiday Fest with Santa Friday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the campus located at 711 E. Airtex Drive. The event is free and open to the public, .

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Altierus Career College parent to close Tampa office, lay off more than 200 - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Altierus Career College parent to close Tampa office, lay off more than 200
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Alterius Career College offers diplomas in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, electrician, medical assistant and pharmacy technician programs. The school has campuses in Tampa and Largo. Minneapolis-based Zenith announced in a statement the .

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Malawi: Mlare Health Centre Closes Down As Medical Assistant Goes On Holiday - AllAfrica.com

Malawi: Mlare Health Centre Closes Down As Medical Assistant Goes On Holiday
AllAfrica.com
Karonga EUR” Communities surrounding Mlare Health Centre will need to dig deep into their pockets to pay for transport to reach other health facilities as Mlare is reportedly closed down because the sole Medical Assistant is on holiday. Health Advisory .

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