What type of education or training do you need to become a medical assistant?
To become a medical assistant it requires an Associates Degree.
You can get a certificate or diploma but be careful as these may
not be accredited and are not college credit. Although you have
some training you may not be able to work without the associates
degree and subsequent MA certification. You can complete your MA
associates completely online in a year and 7 months. One such
acclerated program is www.keiseruniversity.edu They were the first
online accredited MA program and encompass phlebotomy, MA, office
managment and Radiography. There is a clinical component but you
would do that in the area you live. The requirments to be certified
include an associates degree and ABHES accredited schools.
Q. What are the requirements for CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam
eligibility? A. To qualify for the exam, you must be in
one of three enrollment categories described below.
Category 1: Completing students and recent graduates of
CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting programs. You are a
candidate in this category if you have graduated from or are about
to complete a medical assisting program accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health (CAAHEP) or by the
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). *
Completing students may take the CMA (AAMA) Certification
Examination no more than 30 days prior to completing their formal
education, including an externship. * Recent graduates are those
who apply for the exam within 12 months of graduation.