Medical Assisting Disclosure Information

Information for Martinsburg College’s Medical Assisting Students

Martinsburg College’s Medical Assisting program provides students with the skills commonly expected of entry-level Medical Assistants and the knowledge required to sit for several national certification exams. Currently, there are no state licensure requirements for Medical Assistants, however three states: Arizona, South Dakota, and Washington State require students to pass certification exams in order to work in the field. Martinsburg College’s program meets the requirements in these three states.

Arizona
State requires students to pass one of the following certification exams in addition to program completion: Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA); or Registered Medical Assistant Exam through American Medical Technologists (AMT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Exam through the National Health Career Association (NHA).

South Dakota
Upon completion of an accredited program, students must register with the South Dakota Board of Medical Examiners prior to practicing as a medical assistant.
https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes/Codified_Laws/2059839

Washington State
Washington State has two pathways: Registered Medical Assistant and Certified Medical Assistant. The program meets the state requirements for both the Registered pathway and the Certified pathways. If students wish to apply for the Certified pathway, in addition to completing the program, they will need to complete a 160-hour externship and pass one of the following certification exams: Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA); or Registered Medical Assistant Exam through American Medical Technologists (AMT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Exam through the National Health Career Association (NHA); or National Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Examination through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

Certification Exams
Martinsburg College’s program prepares students to take the following certification exams:

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Students must have completed a 160-hour externship in order to be eligible to take this certification exam.

Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) administered by American Medical Technologists (AMT). Students must have completed a 160-hour externship in order to be eligible to take this certification exam.

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Upon graduation, students seeking certification will receive specific information in preparation to sit for certification exams.

Although most states do not have specific licensure requirements for Medical Assistants, students should be aware of the requirements below, as most positions in this field have the following prerequisites to work as a medical assistant:

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must not have any felony convictions (this varies by states, for example, some states require individuals not to have any felony convictions within the last five years)
  • Must be able to pass a background check and/ or drug screen
  • May require passing a national certification test (see below for more information)
  • Must be fluent in English

Medical Assisting students have the opportunity to complete an optional 160-hour externship in a setting that provides hands-on experience necessary to develop skills needed by medical assistants. Some externship sites may have additional requirements, such as a background check and drug screen, which may incur additional cost.

Martinsburg College has determined that its curriculum meets the state requirements for in the following states:

List of States that the curriculum meets the state requirements

* State requires students to pass one of the following certification exams in addition to program completion: Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA); or Registered Medical Assistant Exam through American Medical Technologists (AMT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Exam through the National Health Career Association (NHA).

** State requires registration with the South Dakota Board of Medical Examiners prior to practicing as a medical assistant.

***For the Certified Medical Assistant designation, state requires completing a 160-hour externship (in addition to program completion) and passing one of the following certification exams: Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA); or Registered Medical Assistant Exam through American Medical Technologists (AMT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Exam through the National Health Career Association (NHA); or National Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Examination through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

In addition to the requirements listed above, most states have the following prerequisites to work as a medical assistant:

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must not have any felony convictions (this varies by states, for example, some states require individuals not to have any felony convictions within the last five years.
  • Must be fluent in English

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Since 1989, the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has awarded more than 750,000 certifications to healthcare students and professionals, providing them with nationally recognized measurements of competency.

NHA engages with both regulatory and legislative bodies to promote certification for the industry and for the people working in it. The association is committed to developing, advancing and advocating for the frontline healthcare worker.

Students may take the CMAA, CBCS, CCMA, and CEHRS certification exams in an online, proctored environment.

For more information on these certification exams, exam preparation, and fees, please check the NHA website for the most up-to-date information www.nhanow.com

American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

Since 1956, the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) dedicated itself to the medical assisting profession.
The American Association of Medical Assistants works to provide medical assistant professionals with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

The CMA certification exam requires successful completion of a 160-hour medical assistant externship. For more information about the CMA exam, exam eligibility, exam preparation, and fees, please visit the AAMA website for the most up-to-date information. https://www.aama-ntl.org/index

American Medical Technologists (AMT)

American Medical Technologists (AMT) is a not-for-profit association of allied health professionals. In addition to certification, AMT provides members ongoing support to maintain skills and competencies, learn and grow in their chosen professions, and sustain quality in the workplace.

For information about the RMA certification exam, exam eligibility, exam preparation, and fees, please visit the AMT website for the most up-to-date information https://www.americanmedtech.org/