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Medical Assistant Technology FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does a Medical Assistant do?

    Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs) have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work under the supervision of a licensed physician, and they are an increasingly important part of the health care team.

  2. What are some of the responsibilities?

    Medical assistants help with patient care management, execute administrative and clinical procedures, and often perform managerial and supervisory functions. Competency in the field requires that medical assistants communicate effectively, adhere to ethical and legal standards of medical practice, recognize and respond to emergencies, and demonstrate professional characteristics.

  3. Where do they work?

    CMA (Certified Medical Assistants) will have job opportunities available in physicians' offices, ambulatory care centers, insurance companies, transcription services, etc.

  4. What degree will I earn?

    You will earn a certificate upon completion of the Medical Assistant Technology Program.

  5. What certification will be required after I earn my degree?

    Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to take the AAMA Certification Examination developed in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. Successful completion of this examination qualifies you to practice as a CMA (AAMA)(Certified Medical Assistant) throughout the United States.

  6. What career opportunities are available to CMA's?

    As one of the fastest growing allied health care careers, medical assisting offers terrific opportunities for advancement. Certified Medical Assistants can advance to office manager, clinical supervisor or qualify for a variety of administrative support occupations. Some CMAs choose to teach medical assisting. Others choose to obtain a bachelor's degree in Human services, Health Promotion or Health Services Management to name a few.

    Certified Medical Assistants are paid competitive wages and can receive valuable benefits. More importantly, CMAs have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping others and making a positive difference in people's lives.

    For further information on the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) professional organization contact the American Association of Medical Assistants.