On this page you will find all the info, contacts, procedures, and forms you need to become a certified medical assistant in New Jersey.
The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s most current data shows 16,100 medical assistants working in New Jersey and earning an annual avg salary of $34,340. Meanwhile, the medical assisting profession is also predicted to grow much faster than average through at least 2024.
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Medical Assistant Certifications in New jersey
The New Jersey state legislature and New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners determine the role of medical assistants, see admin code. Unlike many other states, New Jersey has strict guidelines over medical assisting and even requires graduation from an accredited CAAHEP or ABHES MA program and earning a national certification of CMA or RMA.
The AMA – American Medical Association acknowledges 2 certifications for medical assistants, the CMA or Certified Medical Assistant and the RMA – Registered Medical Assistant. Possessing either certificate will considerably improve your job options and salary.
The AAMA – American Association of Medical Assistants is the association that provides the certificate giving CMA credentials. To complete a RMA certificate, you need to follow the certification steps provided by American Medical Technologists (AMT). The table just below displays the requirements for each of the RMA and CMA certificates.
|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|
NJSMA Board Contact Info
The New Jersey Soceity of Medical Assistants is a statewide group offering resources and information here on there site.
Terry Silvia, MS,CMA (AAMA)
Why Be a CMA in New Jersey?
If the east coast doesn’t already draw you in, then you should at least know that CMAs in New Jersey are paid well and have good educational options.
- CMA Salaries in New Jersey are some of the better salaries in the United States for medical assistants.
- There are a number of CMA programs in New Jersey for prospective students to compare.