There are a few things you should know if you seek a career as a medical assistant (MA).
Medical assistants are not legally required to earn a certificate or register after MA educational courses.
But, some facilities prefer MAs with certificates.
There are a few options for MA certification.
In general, you should understand that a Registered Medical Assistant and Certified Medical Assistant is the same thing essentially.
What you choose for a certification institution and which exam you take will determine your tittle.
If you pick the American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA), you will get the title of Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).
You can find more information on educational requirements for the exam administered by AAMA.
The requirements include tasks and education in human growth, population diversity, and medical laws.
Other concepts you must be familiar with to earn a CMA title include proper communication with the patient, data collection patterns, and telephone techniques.
Individuals who choose to take the exam by American Medical Technologist (AMT) will get the title of RMA – Registered Medical Assistant.
The exam is similar to the AAMA exam and has clerical and clinical tasks.
If you choose membership in AMT, you will have an opportunity to participate in the annual seminar and gain access to online education science publications.
AMT members have various career opportunities across the states.
Both CMA and RMA certificates prove that a person can be considered an expert, due to education and professional standards.
If you get any of these certificates, you will have wide career development opportunities for upgrading your knowledge and position.