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Administrative Medical Assistant

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Are you interested in a future career as a Medical Assistant, and enjoy clerical and office work? You may want to choose to pursue a career as an Administrative Medical Assistant.

administrative medical assistantWhat is an Administrative Medical Assistant?

While you may already know a thing or two about what a Medical Assistant does, an Administrative Medical Assistant specializes in clerical and medical office work. For example, while Clinical Medical Assistants might spend their day giving injections and collecting tissue samples, Administrative Medical Assistants code patients’ medical information, fill out insurance forms, manage medical records, and use word processing systems. Additionally, an Administrative Medical Assistant could earn their Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA) that may give them more even opportunities after earning their diplomas.

What does an Administrative Medical Assistant do?

Administrative Medical Assistants have a variety of job requirements they typically perform, including:

  • Managing patient records
  • Transcribing in written or electronic form
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Purchasing office equipment and supplies
  • Completing insurance forms
  • Using business software applications
  • Knowledge of customer service
  • Meeting quality standards for service

Should I become certified?

With employment in healthcare industries anticipated to rise, certification might be an important step to make it clear to employers that you are serious about your career and your job skills.ⁱ CMAA certification may also indicate that you are willing to go the extra step to learn something new by showing initiative and that might be attractive for potential employers.

Where do I become certified?

To earn your CMAA certification, you will first need to contact the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The NHA is a for profit sponsoring organization that certifies a variety of allied health professions. It has, not one, but two certification boards: the NHA Certification Board and the ExCPT Certification Board that oversee all certification decisions.[ii] For the last 25 years, the NHA has certified over 450,000 allied health professionals and continues to do so today.[iii]

If you are interested in earning your CMAA certification, check out the NHA’s website. On the website, you are able to register for the CMAA exam, prepare for the exam by using online study guides and practice tests, and sign up for online continuing education programs.

CMAA Coursework

As an Administrative Medical Assistant student, you will complete different courses that will take you one step closer to graduation and earning your diploma or certificate. Depending on what your preference is, you can enroll in classes at your local community college, university, vocational or technical school, or even online. Here are some classes you might enroll in when you begin your Administrative Medical Assistant education:

  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Business Writing and Electric Health Records
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology
  • Office Management
  • Computer Applications

Pursuing a career as an Administrative Medical Assistant requires work but the end results may be worth the effort and sacrifice. Not only could you have a career that you love, but you might help other people every day when you show up and do your job. You may be the first person a patient speaks to on the phone or the last person a patient sees when they check out. If you greet people with a smile and treat them with respect, you could have a direct impact on the healthcare system for the better.

[i] bls.gov/spotlight/2009/health_care/ | [ii] nhanow.com/about-nha/nha-board-of-directors.aspx | [iii] nhanow.com/about-nha.aspx

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