Accreditations and Certification: Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant - Excellent Job Outlook

Jobs for Medical Assistants are expected to grow 23% from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With associates degree or diploma and appropriate certificate, Medical Assistants can choose to work in various medical settings including medical office settings. They have plenty of work place choices (hospitals to homes). Although many work as full-time Medical Assistants, they can also choose to work only on weekends or holidays.

Medical Assistant Certifications and Certifying Agencies

Some of the Medical Assistant certifications and their corresponding certifying agencies are listed below:

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) –The National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) – The National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) – The American Association of Medical Assistants
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) – The National Center for Competency Testing
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) – The American Medical Technologists

Medical Assistant School Accreditation

Some of the accrediting bodies for Medical Assistants are listed below:

  • The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Versatile Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants can work in both clinical settings and medical office settings, depending on their specialization, interest and qualification. They can also choose to work in patients’ homes, insurance companies, etc. According to Payscale, 96% of the Medical Assistants are females and they have given high (five out of five stars) job satisfaction rate.