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The A – Z Of Medical Assistant Certifications: Your Complete Guide to Getting Certified Part 2

Here is part two of our breakdown of the top four medical assistant certification exams to be keeping an eye out for. This is a continuation of part one so if you haven’t read the first part, read it here.

Most Budget-Friendly

National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing

Criteria Required to Take the Exam [Source 1]:

  • If you are currently a student in an NCCT authorized school:
    • Exam Fee: $90
    • You must have a high school diploma/GED
    • Submit a copy of your medical assistant training certificate of completion or medical assistant diploma or official transcript
    • Must apply within two years of completing your training program
  • If you are a graduate from an NCCT authorized school within the past five years:
    • Must have high school diploma or GED
    • Submit a copy of your medical assistant training certificate of completion or medical assistant diploma or official transcript
    • If applying within six months of graduation, the exam fee is $90 but if you test more than six months after graduating, the exam fee is $135
  • If you have two years of experience as a medical assistant practitioner within the past five years:
    • Exam Fee: $135
    • Must have a high school diploma or GED
    • Must have two years of verifiable full-time employment (or 4160 hours) as a medical assistant under the supervision of a primary care provider within the past five years
    • Must submit a copy of high school diploma and the Medical Assistant Certification Qualification by Experience form completed by your supervisor
  • If you were in the military:
    • Exam Fee: $90
    • Within the last five years:
      • Must have high school diploma or GED
      • Must have a copy of your SMART transcript or DD214 proving that you completed a formal medical services training program

OR

  • If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces (active-duty, retired, veteran) or a military spouse

If you qualify for any one of these categories, you can make an account on the NCCT website to register for the exam today.

Most Rigorous

Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists

Criteria Required to Take the Exam [Source 2]:

Exam Fee: $120

  • If you are a graduate:
    • If you graduated less than four years ago (recent graduate):
      • Need official final transcript proving graduation from an MA program.
    • If you graduated over four years ago:
      • Need official final transcript proving graduation from an MA program.
      • Three years of documented work experience in the past five years (must include both clinical and administrative duties)
  • If you were in the military:
    • If you graduated less than four years ago:
      • Need a copy of your Joint Services Transcript proving that you graduated from a formal medical services training program
    • If you graduated over four years ago:
      • Need a copy of your Joint Services Transcript proving that you graduated from a formal medical services training program
      • Three years of documented relevant work experience in the past five years
      • DD214 form (if you were discharged)
      • Copy of recent evaluations covering the required work experience timeframe
  • If you have at least five years of work experience in the last seven years:
    • Need a copy of your high school diploma or GED
    • Documented work experience that can be verified by the AMT
    • Copy of your CPR card that includes hands-on-training
  • If you are an instructor:
    • If you have at least five years of teaching experience:
      • A copy of your transcript
      • Documented work experience
    • If you have less than five years of teaching experience but at least one year:
      • You must provide documentation of at least three years of full-time clinical work experience

If you fulfill one of these requirements you are eligible to take the exam and can get started on your registration by going to the AMT website.

As you can see, there are many certifications to choose from, but with the information condensed in one place, it’s less intimidating comparing them. Work towards becoming a certified medical assistant today with our medical assistant program, which will prepare you for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam from the National Healthcareer Association.

Explore our website or call 718-762-1900 to learn more.


[1]  https://www.ncctinc.com/certifications/ma

[2] https://americanmedtech.org/Medical-Assistant