Step by Step to Apply For Medical Assistant Certification
Everyone can be a general practitioner! Anybody can practice medicine or treat a patient to improve the quality of life, according to Robin Williams in his movie “Patch Adams”. Welcoming those in need, caring for those in pain, applying a cold cloth to those who have fever, and listening to people in sorrow are simple ways of treating patients. Remember the old saying, laughter is the best medicine? Like so a funny clown can also be considered one fine doctor! But what makes a professional surgeon so different? A professional general practitioner had a formal education in medicine and had passed the medical licensure exam. Same with the Certified Medical Assistant. A person must first graduate from an accredited medical assisting program and pass the CMA Certification Test.
The CMA (AAMA) is the highest standard in the medical assisting job. It is a prestigious deed and a professional advantage for a better job security. If you have decided to be certified, follow the steps below:
Check if you are qualified to take the exam.
Sign up and graduate in an accredited medical assisting school or curriculum. The Department of Education makes certain that educational standards are met by Medical Assisting Schools and Programs by means of accreditation agencies such as the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Enrolling in recognized schools and program courses will make you qualified applicant to take the exam.
You may check the directory of accredited schools and programs through the website of the Accredited Post-secondary Institutions and Programs of the Department of Education at http://Ope.Ed.Gov/accreditation/search.Aspx.
Furthermore, go to the succeeding website for other details and important facts: Http://Www.Aama-ntl.Org/medassisting/caahep_prgs.Aspx to know which Medical Assisting schools and programs are credited by CAAHEP and ABHES.
1. Apply for the CMA test.
Fill out the form, submit the necessary requirements and pay the exam fee.
Within 30days, the Certification Department will be mailed to notify you about the status of your application. If you did not get any notification within that period, kindly contact the Certification Division at [email protected] or through their telephone 800/228-2262.
2. Register your CMA examination appointment
Approximately 3 weeks before your test start date, you will get the scheduling permit with directives on how to set an appointment at the Prometric test center near you. Set your appointment date to any day that is convenient for you.
3. Prepare and study for the test.
Study hard before the examination. Get familiarized with the latest clinical and administrative procedures; physiology and anatomy; medical terms; medico legal policy and directions; and laboratory procedures through the present medical assisting newscast and publications.
Prepare by taking practice exam. Measure your scores and level of understanding regarding the course outline.
Sign up at a CMA Exam review course by an AAMA local chapter or an accredited medical assisting program.
4. Pass the Test.
An official certificate will be given to you, once you passed the test. You can now add your CMA Certification as part of your credentials in your resume. Visit the AAMA website to check the status of your certification.
5. Update your CMA (AAMA) Credentials.
Every 60 months, you will have to recertify your credentials through continued education or test. Check the latest recertification requirements for more details.
It is important to become a certified medical assistant for the reason that a the title guarantees the competency of a medical assistant. It also makes you one powerful and competitive applicant.