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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Rockville Jobs: Senior Designer, Medical Assistant, More - Patch.com

Patch.com

Rockville Jobs: Senior Designer, Medical Assistant, More
Patch.com
ROCKVILLE, MD EUR” Businesses across the region are looking for new employees, and Patch and Zip Recruiter have listed tons of openings on our searchable jobs board. Here are recent job postings in the area. Click on the job title for .

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Norman Hospital Staff Saves Medical Assistant's Life - U.S. News & World Report

Norman Hospital Staff Saves Medical Assistant's Life
U.S. News & World Report
Norman Hospital Staff Saves Medical Assistant's Life. Norman Regional HealthPlex staff saved medical assistant Lisa Marti's life after she went into cardiac arrest while at work. July 9, 2018, at 1:05 a.m.. Norman Hospital Staff Saves Medical Assistant .

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Kennedy Takes Helm As TFTA Board President - Memphis Daily News

Kennedy Takes Helm As TFTA Board President
Memphis Daily News
Sharonda Bealer has joined HealthChoice's care management team as a certified medical assistant. In her new role, Bealer assists HealthChoice's members with finding the right place for care, gathering clinical information to optimize care coordination .

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Aventura Jobs: Check Out What We Found - Patch.com

Patch.com

Aventura Jobs: Check Out What We Found
Patch.com
AVENTURA, FL EUR” Don't be discouraged if you haven't found the right job yet. Businesses across the greater Aventura area are looking for new employees every day. Patch and Zip Recruiter have teamed up to help you land your next .

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Medical Assistant/LVN - Woodlands Online

Medical Assistant/LVN
Woodlands Online
Seeking a certified medical assistant, LVN, or RN. Busy 4 doctor private OB/GYN practice in The Woodlands. At least 1 year nursing experience is required. OB/GYN experience is preferred. EMR experience is a must. Full time position available. Duties .

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Eight medical assistant apprentices complete classroom learning - Manchester Ink Link (press release) (blog)

Eight medical assistant apprentices complete classroom learning
Manchester Ink Link (press release) (blog)
MANCHESTER, NH EUR Eight apprentices have graduated from a Medical Assistant program through a partnership between Catholic Medical Center (CMC) and ApprenticeshipNH, a grant-funded program housed at the Community College System of New .

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Transformative Healthcare hosting Town Hall Forum this Thursday - RiverBender.com

RiverBender.com

Transformative Healthcare hosting Town Hall Forum this Thursday
RiverBender.com
La'Trece House will serve as Dr. White's medical assistant. She registers patients with the practice, administers medication and assists in coordinating patient care. Dr. White said she is hoping to speak at businesses, clubs or churches on a variety .

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Carthage Tech to offer new clinical medical assistant program - Joplin Globe

Carthage Tech to offer new clinical medical assistant program
Joplin Globe
CARTHAGE, Mo. EUR” The Carthage Technical Center and Mercy Health System are partnering to offer a new clinical medical assistant program, and the inaugural class will be free. Eight people will be selected for the 16-week program, which starts in August.

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Columbia State teaching clinical medical assistant class starting Sept. 10 - Brentwood Home Page

Brentwood Home Page

Columbia State teaching clinical medical assistant class starting Sept. 10
Brentwood Home Page
Columbia State Community College's Office of Economic and Workforce Development is offering the EURśClinical Medical AssistantEURť program at the Williamson Campus beginning Sept. 10. Classes will take place Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 EUR 9:30 .

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Get the details on this Medical Assistant Program at Vista College - EverythingLubbock.com

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Get the details on this Medical Assistant Program at Vista College
EverythingLubbock.com
LUBBOCK, Texas - The folks from Vista College stopped by to tell us about their Medical Assistant program. Watch the video above for details. For more information, go to vistacollege.edu. Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved.

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