Introduction Now is the best time to take your exam, and here’s why: ■ Holding national certification shows potential and existing employers that you have a standardized body of knowledge. ■ States now regulate the medical assistant role and credentials, but they all recognize the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the American Medical Technologists (AMT) exams. ■ Expanding administrative responsibilities now warrant specialization and validation of knowledge through a certification process such as the AMT Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS). ■ Medical offices are affiliated with health care organizations accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), etc., which inspect staff credentials. ■ Preparing for a national exam is a method to keep up with ever- changing practice, to review the latest standards, and to demonstrate your knowledge of entry-level competencies.
■ Graduates of (or students scheduled to graduate from) a formal medical services training program of the U.S. Armed Forces ■ Medical assistants employed in the profession for a minimum of 5 years, no more than 2 years of which may have been as an instructor in the postsecondary medical assistant program National Medical Assisting Exams, cont’d.