Recognized Certification Opens Doors!
Every day new medical assistant school graduates enter the job market-that's an endless stream of well
trained applicants for the same positions. How will you compete and prove to a potential employer that you are
the most qualified candidate for the position? The key is to set yourself apart by earning certified credentials
that attest to your knowledge in the field. A medical assistant certification exam covers a broad range of
medical assisting areas of knowledge to assure proficiency and competency in all areas of general medical
assisting, clinical and administrative. Those who are certified are more likely to advance to a higher position as
well as receive more benefits and a better salary than those who are not certified.
Prometric Medical Assistant Certification Exam
Certification exams typically are timed and consists of multiple choice questions taken either on paper (pencil
and paper tests) or electronically through Prometric* testing services, which takes place in a computer-lab type
cubicle. The questions appear on a screen and you use a keyboard to submit your answers. The results will be
*We were told that at a Prometric testing center you are given 40 minutes to answer 50 questions at a time.
Once the time is up you are immediately taken to the next 50 questions. To practice you can request the
certification sponsor's practice exams, your own lecture notes, quizzes and tests from class, and a good
medical assistant certification review textbook with a practice CD. We were told that medical assistant
students can receive the AMT's and AAMA's 50-question anatomy and physiology practice exam and the
medical terminology practice test from the AAMA website.
This information must be verified! Likely there will be multiple choice questions around topics such as:
urinalysis, and where the urine sample is a certain color
what medications the patient probably took
and what to do next with the urine sample
whether 90716 is a CPT or ICD-9 code
basic pharmacology math and conversions, such as 6 kg = 6000 g
what type of medication is prescribed for pain (analgesics)
which part of the prescription form gives specific directions for the pharmacist?