Start your medical assisting career in Washington with the resources on this page. Career information produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics displays Washington possessing 12,950 medical assistants that earn on average $38,020 annually. Offering an estimated 23 percent growth through 2024, the medical assistant profession is growing rapidly.
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Medical Assistant Certification in Washington
Washington is unlike most other states and has its own credential system that every in-state medical assistant must adhere to.
To be competitive as a medical assistant in Washington you will want to become certified as most employers require a certificate. The American Medical Association – AMA recognizes two certifications for medical assistants, the CMA or Certified Medical Assistant and the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Having either certification will greatly enhance your work options and compensation.
The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) is the agency that produces the certificate providing CMA status. To earn a RMA certificate, you must follow the certificate procedure offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT). The following chart displays the requirements to earn 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|
WSSMA Board Contact Info
The Washington State Society of Medical Assistants offers resources and information here on their chapter website.
Claire Michele Houghton, CMA (AAMA)
Why Be a CMA in Washington?
Learn about education and salary opportunities for medical assistants in Washington on the following pages:
- Research Washington’s Medical Assisting Programs
- Compare average Medical Assistant Salaries in Washington’s major cities