Licensure and Certification of an MA
Becoming an MA is not a long road for some, but does have some requirements and hard work to get to the end. Licensure is the granting a license which gives a person “permission to practice”. Some people require a license because the activity they are taking part in is deemed to be dangerous or a threat to the person or the public or it involves a high level of specialized skill. Certification is where you receive confirmation of certain characteristics of an object, person, or organization. This confirmation is often provided by some form of external review, education, assessment, or audit. In a lot of states, from the information that I found, they do not require a medical assistant to be certified but it is preferred by employers. Medical assistants usually have their high school diploma or the equivalent and there are no formal educational requirements for an MA in most states. Typically the applicant should be 18 years old or older. There are some medical assistants who do graduate from formal education programs. Programs are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, etc. These programs usually lead to a diploma or certificate of completion. In some schools, there are more steps you can take after completing the MA course such as taking the test to become a certified phlebotomist as well as becoming a certified medical assistant. There are other certifications that an MA can receive and here is a list of the four different certifications/licensures an medical can receive and through whom.
“The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits four certifications for medical assistants:
* Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
* Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from the American Medical Technologists
* National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the...