In the table below you can see the requirements for CMA, RMA, and CCMA to meet for BLS and CPR requirements with the AAMA, AMT, and NHA and/or your employer.
|AAMA (CMA)||AMT (RMA)||NHA (CCMA)||Employer|
Depending on your employer and certification agency you are likely required to obtain both your CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and BLS (basic life support) certifications.
As you can see, whether or not your certifying body requires you to obtain your CPR or BLS certificates, more likely than not your employer will require this.
In fact, the reason that the AAMA used to require re-certifying CMAs to show proof of their CPR certification was to add a safety net. Because at the time employers were not making this requirement. This ended in 2013 as most employers had began making the requirement.
Additional Questions About CPR and BLS Certification
Here are a few additional questions that get asked frequently about CPR and BLS certification requirements.
Where can I take my CPR classes for my NHA CCMA renewal requirement?
In order to meet the NHA’s CCMA renewal requirement, you will need to go through the American Heart Association (AHA) to get your CPR certification. You can search for the AHA CPR certification classes offered in your area on this page.
Do you know which, CPR or BLS, certificate we need in the workplace?
Employers will often require medical assistants to obtain a slightly more difficult and advanced certification than CPR, the BLS certification. For most Healthcare Providers the BLS (basic life support) certification is going to be required and would fulfill the CPR requirement as well.
Requirements vary by state and employer so you will need to check with whichever state organization is governing medical assisting in your location. Good news is, we have all the contact information for these organizations listed by state and you can find the contact info for your state board here.
How do I find and register for BLS and CPR certification classes?
- AHA – Contact the American Red Cross or American Heart association to see if they have an upcoming class in your area.
- Local – Check with local adult education centers who may offer CPR/BLS certification. Additionally try reaching out to the guidance counselor/career advisor from your school. Finally, if you are employed then check with HR and see what options they know of and perhaps can get a discount on.
Questions About CPR & BLS Certification Requirements?
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