Certified Clinical Medical Assistant or CCMA is a designation given by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). A Certified Clinical Medical Assistant should be experienced in all medical procedures.

The Clerical Medical Assistant maintains records, files, and files. The clinical medical assistant works with patients to complete examinations and tests, extract samples for testing, administer medication, monitor vital signs during assessment and treatment, etc. They are responsible for making sure that test results are accurately recorded in the patient’s files. To practice as a CMA, one must possess knowledge of anatomy and physiology essential to provide care during all types of exams and treatments. This would include knowing how to administer medications orally or intradermally/intramuscularly/intravenously correctly and dispose of needles safely.

A Certified Clinical Medical Assistant must possess excellent communication skills and work with physicians and other healthcare workers; they need to be patient, understanding, and empathetic.

Professional medical assistants work in various locations such as doctors’ offices, outpatient care facilities, ambulatory care centres, home health agencies, large and small hospitals, insurance companies, and clinics where patients can go for annual checkups or specialized treatments. They also work in the pharmaceutical industry with clinical research trials and at public health organizations.

What is Certification?

Certifying bodies certify to others, usually employers or consumers (and in some cases government regulators), that an individual meets specific requirements. They are not involved in the actual training for the certified position.

Certified Medical Assistants are required to have at least one year of experience working as a medical assistant before sitting for the certification exam, which consists of 100 multiple choice questions, two essays, and one simulation test scenario. A score of 75% is needed to pass this test which costs $475 to take.

Upon passing the certification exam, CMA’s must complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their Certified Clinical Medical Assistant status. The American Association of Medical Assistants provides many opportunities for continued education, including webinars, teleconferences, online CEU courses, and local chapter meetings.

Physicians’ offices employ CCMAs, clinics, ambulatory care centres, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, public health organizations, and the pharmaceutical industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of medical assistants will grow 29% from 2012 to 2022, with over 700 000 new healthcare jobs expected to be created 1.

A Certified Clinical Medical Assistant should possess all knowledge involved in patient care, including anatomy/physiology, performing exams/tests, maintaining records, looking after vital signs during examinations and procedures, taking blood samples for tests, etc. They need excellent communication skills having to work with both patients as well as doctors. They must have good listening skills being empathetic should also be patient and understanding.

A Certified Clinical Medical Assistant must possess all knowledge involved in patient care, including anatomy/physiology, performing exams/tests, maintaining records, looking after vital signs during examinations and procedures, taking blood samples for tests, etc. They need excellent communication skills having to work with both patients as well as doctors. They must have good listening skills being empathetic should also be patient and understanding.

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant must hold a high school diploma or equivalent degree. Higher education is not necessarily required but may be preferred by some employers. Most schools offering programs to become medical assistants need students to complete courses in biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy, and medical terminology.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistants are required to have at least one year of experience working as a medical assistant before sitting for the certification exam, which consists of 100 multiple choice questions, two essays, and one simulation test scenario. A score of 75% is needed to pass this test which costs $475 to take.

Upon passing the certification exam, CMA’s must complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their Certified Clinical Medical Assistant status. The American Association of Medical Assistants provides many opportunities for continued education, including webinars, teleconferences, online CEU courses, and local chapter meetings.

Physicians’ offices employ CCMAs, clinics, ambulatory care centres, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, public health organizations, and the pharmaceutical industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of medical assistants will grow 29% from 2012 to 2022, with over 700 000 new healthcare jobs expected to be created.

A Certified Clinical Medical Assistant should possess all knowledge involved in patient care, including anatomy/physiology, performing exams/tests, maintaining records, looking after vital signs during examinations and procedures, taking blood samples for tests, etc. They need excellent communication skills having to work with both patients as well as doctors. They must have good listening skills being empathetic should also be patient and understanding.

The American Association of Medical Assistants provides many opportunities for continued education, including webinars, teleconferences, online CEU courses, and local chapter meetings.

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