How to Become A Medical Assistant in Arizona

Medical Assistant in Arizona

Required Education

Prior to working as a medical assistant in Arizona, with some exceptions, you must complete an approved medical assistant training program, including:

  • A medical assisting program accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP),
  • A medical assisting program accredited by The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), or
  • A training program offered by a Medical Doctor that meets or exceeds the requirements of an accredited program.

You can find a list of programs approved by CAAHEP and ABHES on each website.

Arizona Medical Assistant Certification

Arizona law does not require medical assistants to be certified. Many employers, however, prefer or require that a medical assistant is certified. Medical assistants can be nationally certified either as a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), by American Medical Technologists (AMT), or as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

AMT Certification

American Medical Technologists requires the successful completion of a certification exam. AMT lists study resources to help prepare for the exam. To apply for certification by AMT, you must:

  • Meet one of the five eligibility criteria.
  • Fill out and mail the application, supporting documents, and $95 application fee.
  • Schedule the certification exam once the application is processed.

AAMA Certification

The American Association of Medical Assistants requires the successful completion of a certification exam. AAMA lists study resources to help prepare for the exam. To apply for certification by AAMA, you must:

  • Graduate from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program.
  • Fill out and mail the application, supporting documents, and application fee.
  • Schedule the certification exam once the application is processed.

Updating Medical Assistant Certifications

Both AMT and AAMA require that medical assistants keep their membership current. AMT requests an annual fee to renew membership. Every three years, members are required to complete a specific number of continuing education credits. You can read more about AMT’s continuing education program here. AAMA requires recertification every 60 months. You may recertify by examination or continuing education. The current recertification requirements are listed on the AAMA website.

Medical Assistant Job Duties in Arizona

In Arizona, a medical assistant is allowed to perform simple clinical and administrative duties without supervision. Under the direct supervision of a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician assistant, a medical assistant is permitted to perform limited medical procedures. Medical assistants are never allowed to diagnose or evaluate patients. You can read a detailed list of allowed procedures here, and here.

 



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