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How to Become a Certified Medical Assistant- CMA

Steps to Become a Certified Medical Assistant

Medical Assisting is the fastest growing career in the health care industry. As a certified medical assistant you do the majority of clinical work that a registered nurse would do including rooming patients, taking patient histories, drawing blood, administering injections, x-rays, ekg, and more. This is a well paying job and only takes 6 months to a year to become a medical assistant. The higher paying jobs require medical assistants to have some work experience as well as be certified. Learn more about a Medical Assistant Career.

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) provides simple steps to become a certified medical assistant.

1) Graduate from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or an Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) accredited Medical Assistant school, such as Kaplan University's online Medical Assistant program.

2) Take and pass the AAMA CMA Certification Exam. Learn more about the AAMA CMA Certification Exam.  

Take the first step towards a Certified Medical Assistant career by requesting information from the fully accredited schools below. If you prefer, you may choose to read more about the benefits of Online Medical Assistant Degree Programs. If an online program isn't what you are looking for, search for Medical Assistant Programs in your State.

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CAAHEP and ABHES Accredited Medical Assistant Schools

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Kaplan University - Online

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board (CRB) of the American Association of Medial Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant exam, given by the American Association of Medical Assistants; or the Registered Medical Assistant exam, offered by the American Medical Technologists.* Recognized in all states.

Programs Offered: AAS - Medical Assisting

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Allied Schools

The Allied Schools Medical Assisting program is approved by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), which means that graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the recognized Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.

Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

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Herzing University Online

The Diploma and Associate's in Medical Assisting programs offered by Herzing University Online are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), which means graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam administered by the American Medical Technologist Association (AMT).

Programs Offered: Diploma, Associate's, Bachelor's | Medical Assisting, Health Care, Health Information Management, Medical Billing & Insurance Coding, Medical Office Administration

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Keiser University - E-Campus Online

As long as students complete 720 clock hours of medical assistant skills training and a clinical externship of at least 160 hours, graduates from the Keiser University E-Campus medical assisting program are eligible for the Registered Medical Assistant exam once they complete any additional requirements.

Programs Offered: AA in Medical Assisting

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