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What type of education or training do you need to become a medical assistant?

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2009-04-14 16:14:24

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.

http://www.aama-ntl.org/becomeCMA/faqs_certification.aspx#requirements

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.


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