Students are strongly encouraged to sit for the National Certification examination. Credentialing is recommended at the Diploma level but strongly encouraged with the AAS Degree completion.
AAMA administers the national certification three times a year on the last Friday of January, June, and October. The deadline for application is October 1 for the January exam, and March 1 for the June exam and July 1 for the October exam. The cost is currently $250. Recent graduates pay $125 for initial certification. Only graduates of accredited programs may take the exam. Graduates who pass the exam are granted the credentials of Certified Medical Assistant; CMA (AAMA). The test is comprehensive. The applicant is given 4 hours to complete the exam. The exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions in three sections. The applicant must pass all three sections to become a CMA. Each of the three sections consists of questions that are General, Administrative, and Clinical. It is with successful passage of this exam, that the CMA (AAMA) credential is granted for five years.
In order to maintain their credentials the CMA may obtain 60 continuing education units (CEUs) during those five years, 10 in each category of Administrative, Clinical, and General, which is strongly encouraged to offer current procedures and changes made that affect the constantly changing field. The final 30 CEU’s may be from any combination of the three categories. In regards to CEU’s; thirty must come from AAMA and thirty may come from other sources. Otherwise, a CEU Bundle can be purchased through the AAMA to allow a four month period for completion to obtain the 60 CEU units. If Continuing Education is not maintained the CMA (AAMA) must apply to take the exam again.