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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MILITARY UPDATE: Despite start-up challenges, MHS Genesis gains support - The Northwest Florida Daily News

MILITARY UPDATE: Despite start-up challenges, MHS Genesis gains support
The Northwest Florida Daily News
But usually the corpsman or medical assistant will ask social or medical history and (physicians) will confirm if those are accurate and make sure we're not missing anything, especially when we go to diagnose someone.EUR¯ Importantly, embedded in Genesis .

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Displaced by Ridley-Lowell closure? Check out these resources - Poughkeepsie Journal

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Displaced by Ridley-Lowell closure? Check out these resources
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Challenges came in the wake of the U.S. Department of Education withdrawing its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the agency that accredited Ridley-Lowell, Weymouth said. Without that recognition, schools can .

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Ridley-Lowell students 'heartbroken,' worried in wake of closure - Poughkeepsie Journal

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Ridley-Lowell students 'heartbroken,' worried in wake of closure
Poughkeepsie Journal
Joan Coleman of Kingston has only finished nine months of a year-long medical assistant program. "Not only is it a financial burden, but now we've gone to school for nine months and we have nothing to show for it," Coleman said. Students need a certain .

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Three Rivers CC Seeks To Help Displaced Business Students - Patch.com

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Three Rivers CC Seeks To Help Displaced Business Students
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Students can start as soon as this summer with classes such as: Certified Nurse Aide, Medical Coding, Understanding Health Insurance, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Math. Some non-credit courses lead into certificate programs. To discuss Workforce .

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Flu season 2018 lasting longer than normal, strain B hitting now - cleveland.com

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Flu season 2018 lasting longer than normal, strain B hitting now
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's a flu season that refuses to quit. A typical flu season usually lasts about six weeks and ends in March, but this season so far has seen 16 weeks of widespread flu in Ohio, said Dr. Jennifer Hanrahan, medical director for .

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Talking Leaves offers career training at no cost - Stillwater News Press

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Talking Leaves offers career training at no cost
Stillwater News Press
The career technical training program is administered by the Cherokee Nation and contracted through the U.S. Department of Labor. Taking Leaves offers both career and academic training. Its career vocational training programs include facilities .

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Two years after vote to unionize, Columbia health workers remain without contract, raise - CU Columbia Spectator

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Two years after vote to unionize, Columbia health workers remain without contract, raise
CU Columbia Spectator
The medical assistants, who constitute the majority of the group, are responsible for the first intake of a patient, as well as taking vitals, assisting doctors, preparing patients for procedures, and guiding patients around the health center. They .

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Ycarte' Celebrates 12 Years! - douglasenterprise

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Ycarte' Celebrates 12 Years!
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Congratulations to Ycartes' newest C.N.A., Phlebotomy and Medical Assistant students enrolled in our March classes. Students who complete training at Ycarte' Health Career Center are eligible for employment at hospitals, physicians offices, health care .

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Health Care Discipline: Nurse Tests Positive for Drugs on Job - Centralia Chronicle

Centralia Chronicle

Health Care Discipline: Nurse Tests Positive for Drugs on Job
Centralia Chronicle
Kachera Erlin Cottrell, a medical assistant, had their credential suspended indefinitely by the secretary of health. Cottrell was found to have stolen, and attempted to steal, controlled substances from a co-worker's purse. Kathryn Ann Willits, a .

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Houston Community College at Missouri City offers medical assistant program - Community Impact Newspaper

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Houston Community College at Missouri City offers medical assistant program
Community Impact Newspaper
Houston Community College has a strong medical assistant program, said Cynthia Lundgren, the program's director. Although clinical procedures are taught at the HCC-Coleman College in Houston because of its laboratory facilities, classes such as anatomy .

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