The CMA certification is awarded by the certifying board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The AAMA confirms a Certified Medical Assistant or CMA status on PA candidates who take and pass the examination. See also, RMA, NCCT, and our blog post about medical assisting career.
Eligible candidates must be a graduate of any accredited medical assistant training program.
The accreditation agency is the ABHES (Accrediting Bureau of Health schools). If the training program is not accredited by the ABHES then it should be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Candidates must also have completed an internship.
Exam Dates & Registration Deadlines
The exam is given three times in a year. The examination is usually given on the last Friday of January, last Saturday of June and the fourth Friday of October.
To take the test in January, candidates must apply by October 1st of the previous year at the latest. Application for the June exam closes March 1st, and July 1st is the last application day for the October exam.
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