The resources on this page are all you will need to get started on your medical assisting career in Wisconsin. Occupation data from the BLS displays Wisconsin with 11,810 medical assistants employed who earn an average salary annually of $34,740. Offering an estimated twenty three per cent increase by 2024, the medical assistant profession is growing rapidly.
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Medical Assistant Certification in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, neither the Medical Board or the state legislature strictly define medical assistant’s functions providing simple guidelines for physicians to do so. Wisconsin doesn’t require medical assistants to obtain certification for employment, however many employers do require certification.
The American Medical Association – AMA acknowledges two certifications for medical assistants, the CMA – Certified Medical Assistant and the RMA or Registered Medical Assistant. Possessing one of these certifications will drastically enhance your occupation possibilities and compensation.
The AAMA – American Association of Medical Assistants is the association that offers the certification giving the status of CMA. To attain a RMA certificate, you must complete the certificate steps provided by American Medical Technologists (AMT). The chart just below lists the requirements needed for both the RMA and CMA certifications.
|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|
WSMA Board Contact Info
The Wisconsin Society of Medical Assistants offers resources and information here on their chapter website.
Tandra Bauman, CMA (AAMA), RMA
Why Be a CMA in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin offers a number of accredited medical assistant programs as well as competitive salaries for MAs, learn more here:
- Research Wisconsin’s Medical Assistant Programs
- Compare average Medical Assistant Salaries in Wisconsin’s major cities