Licensing And Certification For Medical Assistants

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Introduction Becoming a Medical Assistant (MA) comes with a lot of hard work, dedication and last but not least, responsibilities not only to the physicians or staff but mostly to the patients. The responsibilities include handling the medical care and the administrative tasks. The main responsibility however, is being able to treat the patients and treat them with the care they are needed at that time. As a Medical Assistant, you can find employment within the health care industry such as doctor offices, hospitals, or private or government health care centers. While pursuing a diploma in Medical Assisting you have to know what the prerequisites are in order to become certified and/or licensed Medical Assistant. Depending on the state that you reside in you will know what type of certification or license you need. My paper will discuss the Federal, State and Professional requirements for licensing, what credentials are needed, and, the accreditations that are needed. Federal, State, and Professional Requirements for Licensing Medical Assistants will not have to worry about federal licensing because at this time our federal government has not made it mandatory however; every state has different licensing laws that maybe required in order to work in this field. Medical assistant certification is offered by many different organizations and even though it is voluntary, it is strongly suggested that you certify to obtain your license. While some medical assistants may be trained on the job, most employers prefer that medical assistants have formal training at a college or accredited training program (Medical Assistant Certification, 2012). There are many different organizations that provide the exam to become licensed as a medical assistant. There are three certifying bodies for medical assistants are the American Association of Medical Assistants (AMMA), the

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