The certification for a Medical Assistant is contingent on what organization has certified the applicant. There are two main organizations that certify Medical Assistants. Each require the passage of a certification exam, payment of a fee, and a way to remain certified. The American Association of Medical Assistants certification is considered the higher level certification. It requires that the Medical Assistant is a graduate of an accredited training program.
After taking and passing the Certification exam, a card is sent to the Medical Assistant that is good for 60 months. During that time period the Medical Assistants must take 60 continuing education points in this time period to remain certified. Ten must be administrative, ten must be clinical, ten may be general and the remaining 30 can be in any combination of the previous categories.
The other organization that certifies Medical Assistants is the American Medical Technologists(AMT). The certification they offer is only valid for three years, and allows the medical Assistant to be called Registered Medical Assistant. In order to keep this certification valid, within the three years a total of thirty continuing education credits must completed.
Ten credits a years can be earned by proving continued employment, verified by the employer. The continuing education classes can be taken at a university in a related field, such as biology, anatomy, every university credit hour will translate into 5 continuing education credits.
Whatever path the Medical Assistant chooses to satisfy their continuing educational requirements, there has to be verifiable proof given to the AMT that it was done.