How to Become a Certified Medical Assistant

Have you considered a career as a certified medical assistant? Before you get started, you may want to know some of the basics and what to expect. What do CMAs do on the job, and what makes them different from other healthcare professionals? Before you can embark on this career path, you need to put in the research to learn more. Here are just a few things you should know about the requirements to become a CMA and how to get certified.

Pre-Employment Qualification

The first step is to get a high school diploma or GED to start a CMA program. If you’re still in school, you may want to focus on math and science course as this will give you a strong foundation. There are no national requirements to become a CMA. The American Association of Medical Assistants requires a post-secondary education before you can take the exam to become certified. You can even take accredited courses online. Once you’ve completed a program, you can take the exam to become certified as a CMA. Your CMA credential is valid for 60 months, and then you have to recertify.

Daily Tasks

A CMA is responsible for patient assessment and care. You will check vital signs and take the initial medical history. You will assess the patient’s medical questions and complaints and notes of their symptoms to pass on to the doctor. A medical assistant can also help the patient with physical needs such as mobility, removing clothing, and hygiene. Ultimately, your job is to support the doctor in their daily duties, up to and including any patient interaction necessary.

Finding a Job as a CMA

Once you have your certification, you’re going to want to find your CMA opportunity. Especially with limited experience, your best chance is to work with a staffing agency that specializes in healthcare placements. They will find an assignment that matches your background and interests. Know that many practices like to hire new CMAs with potential.

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