What is The RMA Exam?
Anybody with a high school diploma can become a medical assistant. However, to get the upper hand when seeking employment, you must prove your competency by getting certified. Sure enough, it is not compulsory but if you want those return calls and email replies from potential employers then you ought to go a step further. The RMA exam gives you the chance to get that recognizable credential to show off. Well, you get the bragging rights of course. But first things first; what is the RMA exam? What do you need to know? The Registered Medical Assistant exam, otherwise known as the RMA exam, is a test administered by American Medical Technologists (AMT) reserved for medical assistants who want to get registered.
What are the Qualification Requirements?For you to be eligible for the RMA exam, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Education– Applicants must have graduated within the past 4 years from a medical assistant program accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, U.S Department of Education or AMT Board of Directors. Additionally, you must have clocked not less than 720 hours during your medical assistant training plus 160 hours of externship. If you’re too late to apply (4 years after graduation), you can still qualify as long as you have relevant work experience for at least 3 years prior to your application.
Military– If you were enrolled in a medical training program and graduated under the service of the United States Armed Forces, you’re eligible to sit for the RMA exam. However, if you graduated more than 4 years ago, you must have at least three years of relevant work experience within the past five years.
Instructor– For those who are currently instructing students in accredited medical assisting programs, they should have completed an instruction course relating to medical assistance and at least 5 years of experience in the medical assistance-related discipline. But if you don’t have five years of experience, you ought to have worked for at least 3 years in a healthcare occupation that is equivalent to medical assistance.
Work Experience– Applicants who graduated from high school and went on to work as medical assistants must have a minimum work experience of 5 years. Moreover, the work experience must involve both administrative and clinical duties on a full-time basis. But there is one last bit; you must be certified in CPR by either the Red Cross or American Heart Association.