Medical Assistant Continuing Education CEU
Certified medical assistants usually wish to keep their credentials and professional membership status active
once they have earned their "badge" of distinction. This is facilitated through taking approved continuing
education programs that provides continuing education units. A continuing education unit (CEU) or continuing
education credit (CEC) is a measure used in continuing education programs, particularly those required in a
licensed profession, in order for the professional to maintain the license. Generally, a CEU is defined as ten
hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, with qualified instruction and sponsorship.
When a medical assistant fails to accumulate enough CEUs the certification will lapse. The person can
continue to work in their role as a medical assistant, since certification is generally not required (with some
exceptions) but they can no longer use their professional insignia, badges, and credentials in their signature
and until the certification exam has been retaken and passed. This is called re-certification (ugh!) and will cost
the standard application fees all over again. To receive proper credit to maintain their certification status
certified medical assistants must document that they have taken approved continuing education courses that
apply to the scope of practice of their discipline while their certification status is active.
Benefits of Continuing Education CEUs
Medical assistants can contact their certifying organization and request details of their continuing education
course approval and CEU documentation requirements. One way to ease the CEU pain is to do them at home
through self-study programs, books, magazines, or even better, on your computer.