CCMA vs. CMA

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Snickers

93 months ago

I have recently enrolled at the Institute of Technology for their Professional Medical Assistant Program. This is a 9 month program. After the program they pay for the CCMA-AC exam. I don't understand the difference between the CCMA-AC exam and the CMA exam.....which would be better for job searching? I can't take the CMA Exam because it doesn't look like I.O.T. is accredited for that exam.

I start Jan. 19th. Am I making a mistake?
Thanks.

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Healthcare2011 in Long Beach, California

81 months ago

I'm wondering the same thing! Any answers people?

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Garrett in Lemon Cove, California

67 months ago

the CCMA is california certified. and it looks like you are looking to be certifired in administrative and clinical specialties. Its harder in my opinon, and looks better on resumes. I just got mine last week!

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Garrett in Lemon Cove, California

67 months ago

No it depends on what you get certified. To become a CCMA you must take at least the basic exam. I took the basic, administrative (front office), and clinical (back office) exams. To my understanding that's what most people do; it makes more sense to become certified in as many as possible. But to answer your question both CMA's and CCMA's can do front and back office work.

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Peggy in Cameron Park, CA in El Dorado Hills, California

61 months ago

@ Snickers,
Why would the Institute of Tecnology pay for your CCMA-AC exam if they weren't an accredited school, and why if what you say is true did you choose to go to this school.
CCMA-C is Basic & Clinical Specialty
CCMA-A Basic and Administrative Specialty
CCMA-AC Basic and Both Specialties
CMA doe not require 2 years of study! Eligibilty requirements :
1. Currently employed as a medicval assistant by a licensed physician or podiatrist in the US,
2. Graduate of an accredited medical assisting program in the US or,
3 Have at least two years experience as a practicing medical assistant in the US within the 5 years immediately preceding your application.
Applicants for the CLINICAL specialty must provide proof of training in administering injections and performing skin tests, training in venipuncture and skin puncture for the purpose of withdrawing blood.
My recommendation is to take CCMA-AC. Predictions for California are that medical assistants will be required in another 5 years to be California Certified.

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Vicki in Campbellsport, Wisconsin

11 months ago

So you can't work in Wisconsin as a CCMA?

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Sharon CMA in San Jose, California

5 months ago

CCMA - Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
CMA - Certified Medical Assistant

The main difference between CMA and CCMA is the different certifying organizations. CCMA is offered by the National Healthcare Association(NHA). The CMA is offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants(AAMA). Another difference is the CMA has more strict requirements than the CCMA.
Got it right off of the internet.

Example of:
CCMA is the NCCT - National Center for Competency Testing. www.ncctinc.com
CMA - The AAMA. www.aama-ntl.org

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Jessica in Dalton, Georgia

2 months ago

By looking at both CMA and CCMA programs on various college websites, it appears that the CCMA is a certificate. While the other program requires a degree to be completed before you can sit for the exam.

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Teresita Maione in Mesa, Arizona

2 months ago

I am currently a medical assistant instructor for PIMA medical college. My students often ask me which test they should take and I explain it this way:

CCMA-NHA- must recertify every year to stay current and possibly not accepted by jobs.

RMA- AMT- must recertify every 3 years to stay current accepted by most jobs and can only work in your state that you become certified through.

CMA- AAMA- The gold standard for jobs, must recertify every 5 years and you can work all throughout the USA.

I always suggest that my students just sit for the CMA exam.

You can also go to any of the websites through the AAMA, AMT, or NHA and find this information.

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