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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More affordable Habitat houses envisioned for Johnston County - News & Observer

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More affordable Habitat houses envisioned for Johnston County
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. for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. The house the Morgan family will move into in a few months is the on-site manifestation of a merger of the Habitat for Humanity organizations in Wake and Johnston counties. Rebecca Morgan, who lives in .

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What's happening in the world of medicine? Local medical professionals share their thoughts - Topeka Capital Journal

Topeka Capital Journal

What's happening in the world of medicine? Local medical professionals share their thoughts
Topeka Capital Journal
Like most of the country, Topeka medical organizations are challenged to find staff. Voth listed a licensed practical nursing shortage, exacerbated by higher wages at area retirement facilities that draw LPNs away. A medical assistant shortage is also .

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Niki Andrianakos, 30, Medical Assistant, Employee of Giovanni's Pizza and Roast Beef - WHAV News

Niki Andrianakos, 30, Medical Assistant, Employee of Giovanni's Pizza and Roast Beef
WHAV News
Niki Andrianakos, 30, passed away due to injuries sustained in a car accident on Friday, Dec. 29. Born in Haverhill, she is the daughter of Nondas Andrianakos of Chicago and Evangela EURœAngieEUR Andrianakos of Haverhill. She was raised and educated in .

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Herzing University-New Orleans to Start Medical Assisting Degree Program - Herzing University

Herzing University

Herzing University-New Orleans to Start Medical Assisting Degree Program
Herzing University
Data provided by Greater New Orleans, Inc. estimates 1,470 medical assistant job openings in Louisiana by 2021. EURœWe're introducing this program in New Orleans at an ideal time because there is a significant need for well-trained medical assistants .

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Medical assistant apprenticeship success catalyst for others in region - MLive.com

MLive.com

Medical assistant apprenticeship success catalyst for others in region
MLive.com
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The success of West Michigan's Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program has gotten national attention and is the catalyst for developing other healthcare apprenticeships. Industry and education leaders think .

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IVCC developing Certified Medical Assistant program - MyWebTimes.com

IVCC developing Certified Medical Assistant program
MyWebTimes.com
College President Jerry Corcoran announced at Thursday's board meeting donor Ralph Scriba, for whom the CTC Conference Center was named on Oct. 23, has pledged $50,000 to the program. Scriba's donation will be used to purchase necessary equipment .

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Medical assistant certification to debut at Richland in fall - Herald & Review

Herald & Review

Medical assistant certification to debut at Richland in fall
Herald & Review
In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, medical assistant Jennifer Martinez draws blood from Joshua Smith that will be tested for PFOS levels in Newburgh, N.Y. Medical assistants are an in-demand profession that has led Richland Community College .

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SCC medical assisting grads recognized by WFBMC - Yadkin Ripple

Yadkin Ripple

SCC medical assisting grads recognized by WFBMC
Yadkin Ripple
Surry Community College Medical Assisting graduates Ana Jessica Nunez-Manaujano, left, and Maria Villicana are recently recognized by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as 2017 Medical Assistant Excellence Award Recipients. Submitted photo. DOBSON .

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Black students hit hard by for-profit college debt - Amsterdam News

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Black students hit hard by for-profit college debt
Amsterdam News
Once she completed her MA certificate and passed the certification test, she found she could only find a job in her field of study that paid $12 per hour, much less than the $35,000-$45,000 salary that Everest told her would be her starting salary as a .

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Jobs available for certified medical assistants - Richmond County Daily Journal

Richmond County Daily Journal

Jobs available for certified medical assistants
Richmond County Daily Journal
EURœFirstHealth employs certified medical assistants with current certifications from the Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants and the American Medical Technologists, both nationally recognized certifying organizations,EUR said Teresa .

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