How to Become a Medical Assistant

How to Become a Medical Assistant


Summary: If you want to know how to become a medical assistant, you must first ask yourself if you are ready to become one.

To become successful is not all about talent or being in the right time and in the right place. To become successful, in your career or in any career for that matter, is about being ready to take the path of your choice. That’s what medical assistants had to go through before they get where they are now.

Employment in the health care industry becomes very in demand and continues to grow like never before due to the ever growing and aging population and an increased interest in health care professions. Those who choose to become medical assistant must enjoy working with people, want to make a difference in their community, and work in a medical office. If you have the qualities mentioned and you are interested, you should know how to become a medical assistant.

How to become a medical assistant is not as easy as you may think. To become a certified medical assistant or CMA, you must accomplish two things:

1. The first thing you should do is to graduate from an accredited medical assisting program. This program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or CAAHEP, or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools or ABHES. You must also complete an externship which is part of the program.
2. The next thing that you must do is pass the AAMA CMA certification examination. This test is administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants or AAMA.

Once you graduate from the program, you must take and pass the AAMA CMA Certification Examination. The steps to follow to prepare for the exam are:
* Apply for the exam. The AAMA Certification/Recertification Examination is offered three times a year in January, June, and October. Eligible candidates can take it either on the last Friday of January, last Saturday of June, or the fourth Friday of October.
* Once the AAMA accepts your exam application, you will be notified of the location of the testing center 6 weeks before the exam date.
* Study. There are many useful tools available for you study for the big examination day, like taking CMA exam review course if offered in your area, obtain study resources, taking practice exam, and review the content outline for the exam.

How to become a medical assistant is not the proper question to be ask if you are interested to become one, but rather ask yourself if you are ready to take the road that medical assistants walk by everyday of their working days. Not to mention the qualities that medical assistants posses.

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