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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) is considered the gold standard of medical assisting professionalism. This credential represents a medical assistant who has been certified by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) means a professional edge, increased prestige among peers and employers, better job security, and greater career advancement opportunities.


Certification Summary
Examination Papers & Topics
To earn the CMA (AAMA) credential you must first enroll in, and graduate from, a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program. You will attain academic and clinical training in a variety of areas, including the following:
  • Human anatomy, physiology, and pathology
  • Medical terminology
  • Keyboarding and computer applications
  • Recordkeeping and accounting
  • Coding and insurance processing
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Clinical and diagnostic procedures
  • Pharmacology
  • Medication administration
  • First aid
  • Office practices
  • Patient relations
  • Medical law and ethics
You also must complete an externship, which is part of the program.
Examination Style
The exam is computer based. It consists of 200 multiple choice questions covering topic areas that are listed in the Content Outline for the CMA (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination. You will be allowed three (3) hours and fifteen (15) minutes—including a fifteen (15) minute tutorial that will demonstrate how to answer and review questions, change answers, and monitor your progress throughout the exam.
Examination & Results Dates
The CMA Certification/Recertification Examination is available throughout the year in any of Prometric test centers around the world.  All exam candidates will receive an unofficial pass/fail result immediately upon completion of the exam. An official report of the scores you achieved will be mailed to you within six to ten weeks after your exam date. Only candidates who have fulfilled all program and application requirements are eligible to receive an official score report. 
Examination Mode Computer-based
Areas of Specialization
  • Medical
Professional Body The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
Location of Incorporation United States