How to Become a Certified Medical Assistant

Working as a medical assistant involves both clinical and administrative tasks in a health care setting, and the variety of positions available makes for a versatile career choice. If you are interested in becoming a medical assistant, you'll need to complete a post secondary, medical assistant training program.

There are essentially two types of medical assistant programs available: a one-year certificate program, or a two-year associates degree. Once you have completed either of these programs, you will have earned the title of medical assistant (MA). In order to become a certified medical assistant (CMA) there is one further step required. The program required to become a CMA is offered three times a year through the American Association of Medical Assistants, and needs to be renewed every five years. The benefit of pursuing a CMA, is that there are typically more job options because many employers require that there medical assistants be officially certified. Coursework for prospective medical assistants includes medical terminology, math and science, first aid, medical billing, and more. Once you have learned how to use and implement this information, and you have completed the necessary degree and certification requirements, you are ready to enter the work force as a medical assistant.

Programs to Consider:

Eagle Gate College
Locations:
  • Salt Lake City, UT
Programs available:
Platt College
Locations:
  • Riverside, CA
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Alhambra, CA
California College San Diego
Locations:
  • National City, CA
  • San Marcos, CA
  • San Diego, CA
South College
Locations:
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Asheville, NC
  • Nashville, TN