On this page we will explain the requirements to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) after you complete your medical assistant program.
RMA vs CMA Certification
Depending on your state, you may become either a Certified Medical Assistant or a Registered Medical Assistant. You can select your state on this map to see if medical assistants require certification to work.
The table below shows the requirements 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|
The RMA registration and the CMA certification are both recognized by the AMA (American Medical Association). Even if your state doesn’t require an RMA or CMA for medical assistants, many employers will. Having either certification will make you more competitive in the job market and likely help you earn a higher salary.
State by State Medical Assistant Certification
To learn about a Medical Assistant Certification in your state, go here and select your state. Everything you need is there including state laws, important links, application forms, exam scheduling, schedule of fees, contact info and more.
Questions About Medical Assistant Certification Requirements?
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