You will find everything you need on this page to begin your career as a medical assistant in Kentucky. The BLS’ census studies shows 8,140 medical assistants working in Kentucky and earning an average $28,910 annually. The medical assistant field is projected to grow quickly at twenty three percent through 2024.
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Medical Assistant Certification in Kentucky
Although the State of Kentucky does not require national certification of Medical Assistants, in order to compete in the marketplace in Kentucky you may want to obtain certification as most employers require it. The American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes two certificates for medical assistants, the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Having either certificate will drastically enhance your career options and earnings.
The AAMA – American Association of Medical Assistants is the association that produces the certificate giving the status of CMA. To achieve a RMA certificate, you need to follow the certificate process offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT). The following table displays the requisites to obtain a CMA or RMA certificate.
|Meet 1 of the eligibility requirements. (CMA requires graduating a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited program, RMA also offers eligibility from military education, work experience and instructing.)||View Eligibility Details||View Eligibility Details|
|Submit required supporting documentation for exam application process.||Documents||Documents|
|Apply for exam and pay application fee.||Application, $125||Application, $120|
|Schedule your exam date.||Schedule||Schedule|
|Complete your exam. (Upon completion, the CMA exam will show whether you pass/failed immediately and RMA exams taken online will provide your actual score immediately.)||Yes||Yes|
|Wait 8-10 weeks (CMA candidates will receive official test scores at this time and RMA candidates will receive their certification.)||Yes||Yes|
|Passing CMA applicants then wait another 10 weeks after receiving scores to receive their certification and card.||Yes||No|
|You have the ability to retest if you fail for both the CMA and RMA||Retest info||Retest info|
|Continuing Education, membership fees, and recertification are required for both the CMA and RMA||Recertify info||Recertify info|
AAMA Board Contact Info
Kentucky doesn’t have a chapter or society for medical assistants, so you can learn more through the American Association for Medical Assistants here.
Why Be a CMA in Kentucky?
Kentucky offers many accredited MA programs to choose from as well as competitive cma salaries, learn more here: