Educational Requirements for Medical Assistants
Did you know that there are state mandated registries and licensing boards for physicians, nurses and
which maintains a permanent, lifetime repository of primary-source verified core credentials for physicians and
physician assistants. This helps them not having to go through the time and effort of assembling and
forwarding their information every time they need to be licensed or credentialed.
But what about medical assistants? Only very few states require certification for their medical assistants
and there are no licensing requirements with the state. As far as educational requirements and professional
membership affiliations, neither the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the National health
career Association (NHA), or American Medical Technologists (AMT) require a higher academic degree to take
their exams to become certified.
AMT doesn't even require formal vocational training from a medical assistant school as long as an applicant
can show that he/she has at least 5 years of direct job experience in the medical assisting field, or received
training in the Armed Forces (eg. military medic training). Applicants for AMT certification based on Armed
Forces/Military training received must have completed a 50 week US military laboratory procedures training
program and credits for this training must have been earned in an accredited college or university leading to an
appropriate allied health, medical technologist degree.
States that Mandate Certification and Special Permits
There are different kinds of medical assistant certifications ranging from general to specific focus areas within
the medical assisting discipline, such as clinical certified, administrative, clinical and administrative, or even in
a therapeutic specialty, s.a. cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, phlebotomy, x-ray, or ultrasound.
Furthermore, many professional malpractice and errors and omissions insurance companies now require that
those who provide direct patient care, draw blood, or operate x-ray equipment to be properly certified and hold
limited licenses to perform these technical tasks; only this way will they provide insurance coverage to them.