How to Become a Medical Assistant in New Hampshire

Medical Assistant Requirements in New Hampshire

Is any prior education or training required?

New Hampshire allows medical assistants to be trained on the job or in medical assistant program after high school. Medical assistant programs are offered in technical schools and community colleges. These programs generally last one or two years. You can find a list of schools in New Hampshire offering medical assistant courses at this link.

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Are medical assistants required to be certified?

No, New Hampshire law does not require that medical assistants be certified or licensed. Yet professional certification may be required by employers. You 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).

How can a medical assistant become certified by AMT?

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.

How can a medical assistant become certified by AAMA?

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.

Is continuing education necessary?

Yes, 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 continuing education credits. You can read more about AMT’s continuing education program here.
  • The AAMA requires that you recertify every 60 months.  In addition to completing either continuing education credits or a recertification exam, medical assistants will be required to show proof of a current CPR certification. The current recertification requirements are listed on the AAMA website.

What tasks is a medical assistant legally allowed to perform?

In New Hampshire, medical assistants perform administrative and clinical work under the supervision of a physician, nurse, or physician assistant. A supervising physician is allowed to delegate any tasks to a medical assistant, at the physician’s discretion.

Additional Information

In 2007, New Hampshire became the first state to consider requiring MA’s to be licensed. Recently, the New Hampshire Board of Nursing created a task force to review the delegation of clinical procedures to medical assistants.



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