How to Become a Medical Assistant in West Virginia

Medical Assistant Requirements in West Virginia

Is any prior education or training required?

West Virginia does not require any particular education or training to become a medical assistant. Yet a medical assistant must be a graduate of an accredited program to be allowed to administer medication, and it is required to be certified as a medical assistant. You can find a list of schools in West Virginia offering medical assistant courses at this link.

Are medical assistants required to be certified?

No, West Virginia does not require MA’s to be certified. Yet certification is helpful to career advancement, and is required to administer medication. National certification is awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

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
  • Maintain a current CPR certification
  • 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, to maintain membership in the AAMA, you must 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?

MA’s perform administrative and clinical work under the supervision of a physician or nurse. To administer medication, the medical assistant must: be a graduate of an accredited education program, with courses in medication administration, and be certified by the AAMA. More information is provided by the West Virginia Medical Board, here.

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