The training for degree programs is undertaken in career colleges. To be a certified medical assistant, you would have to be at least a high school graduate. Although there are not specific requirements, previous medical assistant training would be a bonus. There are two different programs; either a one-year or two-year post-secondary program. On graduation from the one-year program you will receive a certificate, but in order to give yourself the best chance of finding employment you could think about continuing your training into a two-year program to obtain an associate degree. You must ensure that you enroll in an accredited career college before commencing your training. By doing this your certificate will be recognized by employers and you will be confident that you will receive the best training in medical assisting.
Upon graduation you can apply for the certification exam in order to become registered. The testing system is officiated by the American Registry of Medical Assistants. RMA examinations are offered three times a year so you will need to be aware of the schedule for the examinations. After passing the exam you will be able to call yourself a RMA, after which you will need to renew your registration every year. Employment may be easier to secure with registration.
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Further reading on Medical Assisting:
- Korey J, LVN, SBBCollege Graduate 2011