How to Become a Medical Assistant in Oregon

Medical Assistant Requirements in Oregon

Is any prior education or training required?

Oregon requires at least a high school diploma prior to working as a medical assistant. Many medical assistants complete a post-secondary education program, usually preferred by employers, as well as on the job training.  You can find a list of schools in Oregon offering medical assistant programs here, and more general information about the medical assistant profession in Oregon at this link.

Are medical assistants required to be certified?

No, Oregon law does not require medical assistants to be certified. Yet certified medical assistants will have additional employment opportunities. You can become 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). It is also possible to specialize in Ophthalmology by The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel.

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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.
  • AAMA requires recertification 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?

Medical assistants typically perform administrative and basic clinical duties under the supervision of a physician. They are allowed to draw blood, administer medication, and take a patient’s vital signs. Administrative duties include updating files and scheduling patients’ appointments.

Additional Information

The Oregon Society of Medical Assistants has chapters throughout Oregon. It provides additional resources to medical assistants such as job and continuing education opportunities.

 



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