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Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Kelley in Plymouth, Massachusetts said: Hi Stacey,

Thank you for your input. I am very happy with them. I have gotten through the 1st of 5 modules and enjoy the ability to go at my own pace, and I usually like to really dedicate my time to whatever project I am working on, so I set up my goals and am sticking to them. The ability to do open book quizzes really helps and not panick and then be able to pick out my strengths and study to work on my weaknesses. The staff there are great too. They called me to welcome me after my 1st module was received and make sure I didn't have any questions and then looked at my quizzes submitted and gave me other hints as to what to look toward when I finish. The price can't be beat for sure and the ability to not have to pay any interest to do payment plans makes it very easy. And I have decided once I complete this course and do what I need to to get into the field, I will continue to sign up for additional courses as well. They do have degree programs too which is great. I am at a point in my life where my son is now living his own life, my Hubby and I are living ours without the 'full responsibility' of parenthood....LOL...so this gives me the time that I need to pay attention to furthering my education, even at my age. Today's 50 is yesterdays 40 right? Or is it 30? LOL.....

Kelley

How do they teach you vitals,ekg and injections? I'm curious since it's online.

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Kelley in Plymouth, Massachusetts

52 months ago

You have to find somewhere to do an externship or CVAS does have classes to teach and get your allotment in. That is if you want to go clinical....I am looking into that now, it appears 300.00 for the classes, which they have this summer in boston.....CPR certified, I actually have a neighbor that does just that, so I have been in touch with her, but you can also find places that will give you that certification.....this is as far as I've gotten as far as getting all the certifications in line....so much to learn and so much to research.

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Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts

52 months ago

When I looked up CVAS it looked like they only did phlebotomy. What about ekg,vitals,and cpr certification? Just curious because I was loking into U.S. Career Inst. Also, I'm from Wester,MA. and I had problems with hospitals recognizing NHA Certification,most insisted on AAMA Cert. only. I don't know if hospitals are different where you are.

I went to a school that was affiliated with NHA and was certified by NHA and had no problems until I looked for a job in the Medical Assisting field. All the hospitals only wanted AAMA Cerification. Which is fine but, I think I have to go to school all over again and get AAMA Certified this time. Because the school I went to no longer exists and it was not ABHES approved. Oh well, Live and Learn.

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Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Oops! I am aware that I misspelled "looking" and "Western". Tried to edit but couldn't. Sorry

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Phil in Pueblo, Colorado

52 months ago

US Career Institute is also recognized by American Medical Technologists (AMT) as long as you do 160 hours internship you can qualify to take the AMT test. US career Institute is Accredited by DETC which the Accreditation is approved by the US Dept. of Education and also the school is approved by Colorado Dept. of Higher Learning.

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Phil in Pueblo, Colorado

52 months ago

also do a nation wide MA job search and you will find AMT and AAMA certification equal

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Health_Cert in Atlanta, Georgia

52 months ago

Most Medical assistant text books mention NHA, AMT & AAMA as the three agencies that provide certification. I have used NHA for my students for the past three years with not trouble whatsoever. For those of you who have had training through work or school you can possibly qualify to take a refresher course to challenge the certification exam.

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Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Do you know where there is a refresher course? The school I did attend in 1997 no longer exists. I let all my certifications expire because I was not working as a medical assistant only as a medical receptionist. I did that from 97-2004 and haven't worked since. Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks!!

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Bonnie Hebert in Macon, Georgia

52 months ago

Dana D in milledgeville, Georgia said: I GRADUATED FROM A SCHOOL THAT WAS APPROVED AS A TESTING SITE FOR NHA
NATIONAL HEALTHCAREER ASSOCIATION.
AND GOT CERTIFIED BY THEM, THE CERTIFICATION HELPED ME OBTAIN A REALLY GOOD POSITION IN THE HOSPITAL. IT REALLY IS A NICE CAREER CHANGE. I REALLY LIKE BEING A CCMA I AM TOLD THAT THIS JOB WILL BE GROWING A LOT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. IF YOU HEAR THE PRESIDENT TALK ABOUT NEW JOB GROWTH CCMA IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST ALONG WITH PHLEBOTOMY, ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL ASSISTANTS AND BILLING AND CODING SPECIALIST. I WILL BE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL TO BECOME A CERTIFIED BILLING AND CODING SPECIALIST CBCS(NHA) IN JUNE, THE MORE CERTIFICATIONS THE MORE VALUABLE I WILL BE.HEALTH CARE IS THE WAY TO GO IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOURSELF RECESSION PROOF.
dana d

If I may ask what school did you attend? I was looking into API.

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Health_Cert in Atlanta, Georgia

52 months ago

Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts said: Do you know where there is a refresher course? The school I did attend in 1997 no longer exists. I let all my certifications expire because I was not working as a medical assistant only as a medical receptionist. I did that from 97-2004 and haven't worked since. Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks!!

Our refresher and exam preparation program is one of the few. The training is ongoing and those in or around the Atlanta, GA area can attend at any time. We provide personalized training by mobile training team (MTT) and will travel to your area for a group of 10 or more or online for individuals. Otherwise, you can call NHA to find out if there's anyone near you.

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Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Health_Cert in Atlanta, Georgia said: Our refresher and exam preparation program is one of the few. The training is ongoing and those in or around the Atlanta, GA area can attend at any time. We provide personalized training by mobile training team (MTT) and will travel to your area for a group of 10 or more or online for individuals. Otherwise, you can call NHA to find out if there's anyone near you.

Thanks for the info. I checked your website and had a few questions
1-do you come to mass. area?
2-how does the online training work?
3-if I do the program online how do I clinical exp.
4- do you use nha for certification?

Thanks for your help!

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Kelley in Plymouth, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts said: Thanks for the info. I checked your website and had a few questions
1-do you come to mass. area?
2-how does the online training work?
3-if I do the program online how do I clinical exp.
4- do you use nha for certification?

Thanks for your help!

Hi Stacey, how are you making out? I'm just doing the studies but am 'itching' to learn live vitals....BUT the draw back, which I sent USCI an email on, is they give you at the end the BBC and stethescope, but it would be MORE helpful at the beginning wouldn't you think? LOL...I'm going to ask my neighbor, who is an RN, if she could help out or if she knows where I can get some 'basics' so that I can practise on my own, she is also able to certify me for CPR....now the fun stuff, i will have to go to my own Dr. to make sure all my immunizations are up to date...LOL...YEAH!...but I have been looking to see if there are any 'live labs' in the area....kind of confusing as it is a 'newer field' and pretty much not truly defined like an RN or a Real Estate Broker (which I am) and that license I knew WHAT I needed to do to get there. This is so varied. Thanks for your help as well, I'm following the posts so that I can 'find my way' as well.

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Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts

52 months ago

I agree! You should have your BP cuff and stethoscope now.. I think the best option for me is to go to an approved school and get AAMA Cert. I have friends that are medical assistants and they are all AAMA Cert. Also,it's better for me to have actual hands on exp. I checked out Porter and Chester and they were over 23,000!! I didn't qualify for financial aid and I have young children and can't see myself going to college full time now. My husband is in the Air Force
and can transfer his GI Bill to me but, I think it's only for college.I will have to do more research on it.

Keep me posted I'd love to hear how things are going for you and good luck!!!!

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Kelley in Plymouth, Massachusetts

52 months ago

Hi Stacey, yeah, I was looking at Cape cod community college too, but it is sooo much money...and you SHOULD do the GI transfer, my son just got out of the Navy and is on reserve status and using his, but you should use that transfer if he isn't using it! That would be soooo awesome for you! And not for nothing, but YOU serve as well as a spouse of a Service Member ;O).....and thank your husband for his service! And you as well for supporting him!

I'll keep you posted, let me know how your doing too!
K

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Lisa blake in Cayton, North Carolina

51 months ago

Wow That is very cool, i will be doing it tonight!!!!!
Thanks M

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pperry in Bergenfield, New Jersey

51 months ago

I'm an older person (53) looking to leave my career in marketing and pursue a career as a medical assistant. Is this a worthwhile career effort for an older person? I live in bergen county nj and of course at this age concerned about finding a job. Also, what would be the best school path to take? Do I need to have to be CAAHEP and/or ABHES certified? I would like to make the transition as easy and quick as possible and also I'm unable to take out student loans. Any advice?

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Matt, NCMA in Sandy, Utah

51 months ago

pperry in Bergenfield, New Jersey said: I'm an older person (53) looking to leave my career in marketing and pursue a career as a medical assistant. Is this a worthwhile career effort for an older person? I live in bergen county nj and of course at this age concerned about finding a job. Also, what would be the best school path to take? Do I need to have to be CAAHEP and/or ABHES certified? I would like to make the transition as easy and quick as possible and also I'm unable to take out student loans. Any advice?

Hi there, I would suggest going into Nursing and the only reason I say that is there are alot of Medical Assistants out there that are looking for work. Some people get lucky and get jobs right away and with older Medical Assistants we need to be looking harder for jobs even though we are better MA's than some of the younger ones. It seem's like the younger ones have a better chance than we do. I would also check into the school you want to go to, make sure they are a really good school and go online and check them out and talk to former graduates from that school and see how they felt about going to school there and see if they are working or not, and most ask them if they like their job.

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Stacey Adams1 in ware, Massachusetts

51 months ago

Kelley in Plymouth, Massachusetts said: Hi Stacey, yeah, I was looking at Cape cod community college too, but it is sooo much money...and you SHOULD do the GI transfer, my son just got out of the Navy and is on reserve status and using his, but you should use that transfer if he isn't using it! That would be soooo awesome for you! And not for nothing, but YOU serve as well as a spouse of a Service Member ;O).....and thank your husband for his service! And you as well for supporting him!

I'll keep you posted, let me know how your doing too!
K

Just checking in, How's it going? I really haven't done much. I'm still checking into schools and seeing if I want to do medical assisting or coding . I know they are completly different but, I went to school for medical assisting over 10 years ago and never got to apply it. Instead, I worked as a medical receptionist for 6+ years and did coding. So, I'm just weighing my options. Both are in demand in my area so it shouldn't be too hard to find a job when I finish school. I love the medical field, I'd be happy doing either one. I hope you are doing well and let me know how it's going for you!! Hope to hear from you soon.

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Olivia in Los Angeles, California

51 months ago

Brian in Whippany, New Jersey said: I am Certified through National Healthcareer Association as a Phlebotomy Tech, CPT
I am a graduate of Dover Business college it was a great program
and the National Healthcareer Association has been very helpful
through out my career...
Brian

Was the exam difficult?

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Olivia in Los Angeles, California

51 months ago

Sandy J34 in twin falls, Idaho said: I get updates and Newsletters to keep my Certification the NHA agency is very supportive. I have NHA certification as a Certified Medical Lab Assistant from NHA for the past 2 years working at a hospital lab, and taking the NHA Phlebotomy Exam next week.
I will let everyone know how I do!
Sandy

How did the Phlebotomy exam go? Im taking mine tomorrow and I want to know wut to expect... What should I focus on?
Thanks

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Becky Hollard in Charlotte, North Carolina

50 months ago

Olivia, how did the Phlebotomy exam go? Im gonna start studying for mines soon,any specific material help you with preparing?

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Sam in Marshfield, Massachusetts

50 months ago

Kelley in Plymouth, Massachusetts said: Hi Stacey, yeah, I was looking at Cape cod community college too, but it is sooo much money...and you SHOULD do the GI transfer, my son just got out of the Navy and is on reserve status and using his, but you should use that transfer if he isn't using it! That would be soooo awesome for you! And not for nothing, but YOU serve as well as a spouse of a Service Member ;O).....and thank your husband for his service! And you as well for supporting him!

I'll keep you posted, let me know how your doing too!
K

Hi Kelley,
I'm considering a career change from the business world into the health industry. Medical Assisting has caught my eye so have been researching. I saw Porter & Chester was $23k for the program -wow! Lincoln Tech is at $18K for a 10mos/full-time program. I am trying to find out how much Cape Cod Commun & Massasoit Commun Coll would be and the time frame for those. I met with a rep of the American Career Institure at their Braintree location and that program can be done (full-time) in 5mos (one mos is an externship). The cost is just over $12k if you buying your own books elsewhere.
Is there any info you have on the cost of the Community College programs & timeframe? Have you any thoughts on the American Career Institute? They gave me 2 pages of employers they say that hired their graduates & they sited a 90% placement rate.
Any info is soooooo appreciated!

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Olivia in Los Angeles, California

50 months ago

Becky Hollard in Charlotte, North Carolina said: Olivia, how did the Phlebotomy exam go? Im gonna start studying for mines soon,any specific material help you with preparing?

Well i took the NHA one..... it went pretty good... i got an 80.... the NHA has a study guide you can order but u can only get it wen u schedule your exam. Othern than that just study your tubes really good, you got to know the order of draw and what additives are in each tube and also they give you scenarios like if someone goes in the lab and theire gunna get certain tests done.... what tubes do you use....
There arent too many thing on there about HIPPA or OSHA or anything like that and most is just common sense stuff too like how long can u keep a turniquet on someones arm.... it wasnt too difficult... but deffinetely focus on your tubes more

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ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida

50 months ago

D. Polick (CHI) in Rahway, New Jersey said: sorry, i meant to say the NHA CCMA exam is much more relevant than the AAMA exam
DP

Sorry I disagree. Anyone can get credentialed from any organization that decides to give a organizational name to itself. The CMA through the AAMA is the most prestigious and has a strict set of rules for credentialing. You can't just pay a fee and take a test. There has become so many credentialing agencies that the jobs here have started requesting AAMA or AMT credentialing only. Check out most jobs on monster.com. My advise go to accredited school.

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ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida

50 months ago

Missy in Austin, Texas said: I wonder if anyone can say that the NHA'S certification for CCMA is better/worse/ or indifferent to them AAMA's certification for CMA?

There is no no comparison. The CMA (AAMA) and the RMA (AMT) are the best and as far as I am concerned from my research the only true certification boards. No other is recognized at many facilities. As a matter of fact there are now so many bogus credentialing agencies, that most places state in their job requirement AAMA or AMT only, need to apply.

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Matt, NCMA in Salt Lake City, Utah

50 months ago

ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida said: There is no no comparison. The CMA (AAMA) and the RMA (AMT) are the best and as far as I am concerned from my research the only true certification boards. No other is recognized at many facilities. As a matter of fact there are now so many bogus credentialing agencies, that most places state in their job requirement AAMA or AMT only, need to apply.

Hi Ginger, I have my NCMA from (NCCT) and they are just as good (AAMA)and(AMT). I have to renew my CMA every year, and I have to log 14 CEUs hours online and I pay $77.00 each year so I just wanted to let you know that there are a few groups for CMAs besides the (AAMA)and(AMT)that are just as good. It depends in which part of the country live in and where you went to school. Have a good evening.

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Sam in Marshfield, Massachusetts

50 months ago

Would it be smart to got for both (CMA & RMA)? Or is considered the same designation?

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Sam in Marshfield, Massachusetts

50 months ago

Sam in Marshfield, Massachusetts said: Would it be smart to got for both (CMA & RMA)? Or is considered the same designation?

oops! Sorry for typo -Is it smart to go for both CMA & RMA.

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NAOMI916 in CHICAGO RIDGE, Illinois

50 months ago

Sam in Marshfield, Massachusetts said: Would it be smart to got for both (CMA & RMA)? Or is considered the same designation?

NHA WAS AND IS A WASTE OF TIME. NO ONE EXCEPTS NHA, YOU HAVE TO BE AAMA OR AMA CERTIFIED. DO NOT GIVE THESE PPL FROM NHA YOUR MONEY. AND THEN WHEN YOU CALL THEM TO SAY YOU ARE UNABLE TO FIND EMPLOYMENT WITH THEIR CERTIFICATE, THEY SAY ITS NOT THEIR PROBLEM. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE INFO ON HOW SUCCESSFUL THEIR CLASSES HAVE BEEN OR IF PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO FIND EMPLOYMENT. THIS IS A SCAM AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU HAS CONTIUED TO LET THESE PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH IT. NOHOSPITAL OR MEDICAL OFFICE HAS EVER HEARD OF NHA. SOMETIMES I WONDER IF I CAN OPEN A SCHOOL AND GIVE SOME BOOTLEG CERTIFICATION TO PEOPLE AND COLLECT THEIR MONEY. NHA IS A WASTE F TIME AND ITS A SCAM!

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sherekareka in Princeton, North Carolina

50 months ago

Hello,
I total agree with you. I got my billing and coding certificate through them and no doctor or hospital recognize them they all want AAPC or AHIMA. I called NHA numerous of time to make sure they were an accepted and they assured me that they was. I brought an elite membership (THAT IS GOOD FOR NOTHING) half of the service is not in service and when I made a complaint about these issues the told me they would investigate it but they never did or contacted me with an answer. Another issue was the membership was suppose to allow my resume to go directly to the hospital database (THAT WAS A LYE) I am going to report this organization to the BBB because basically they steal your money and hide behind their SHAM accreditation. I am very dissatisfied and wouldn't recommend this organization to anyone.

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Chuck in Bisbee, Arizona

50 months ago

Hello!
I just completed a nursing assistant program, and am about to relocate to Southern Colorado (Alamosa Area) I want to take Patient Care Tech and Medical Assistant programs online with U.S. Career Institute. I was looking for some insight on how difficult it might be to set up my own clinicals in order to qualify for NHA certification. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Chuck in Bisbee, Arizona

50 months ago

Sorry, I had read another page of posts and did not see that my question was already addressed above.

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Jennifer in Eugene, Oregon

49 months ago

Hello,
I am going to take the CCMA exam thru NHA in a couple of weeks. Can anyone who has taken it tell me if it was really hard? Are they asking more about the basics or is it more in-depth. I was wanting to know how much in-dpth studying I needed to do. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Jessica in Smithfield, North Carolina

49 months ago

I'm a medical assistant, and here in north carolina the AMT and AAMA are what majority of all the employers perfer, BOTTOM LINE. So does anyone know if florida accepts one of the two or would i have to take another certification. Also how can i find out which certifications are approved in certain states. B/C I really want to go ahead and get certified but i want to make sure it's reconized to.

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phil in Pueblo, Colorado

49 months ago

AMT and AAMA is the way to go I have done a nationwide job search and NHA was not recognized in most of the jobs posted as AAMA and AMT was recognized 100% of the time. about 90% of the jobs recquired certification or registration by AAMA or AMT

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phil in Pueblo, Colorado

49 months ago

Stacey Adams said: Kelley
I would go to area hospitals and talk with Human Resourses,explain your situation. They should be able to help. Or you can always call your own pcp and ask them if they need help. Then,there is always the phonebook, you can call Doctors or hospitals and ask. Good Luck!! I was thinking of using us career inst. are you happy with them ??

US Career Institute is Nationally Accredited and approved by the US Dept. of Edu. it gives you 593 clock hours. if you do 160 hours of externship for a total of 753 HRS you will be eligible to test as a registered MA through the AMT. When you ask a place for an externship make sure you tell them your school is accredited and approved by the US Dept. of Edu. US career Institute will send yo a internship form to give to your place of externship you have to do a little work but for a thousand bucks for tuition. and approved by AMT ita a deal

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Jessica in Smithfield, North Carolina

49 months ago

Thanks, Phil

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ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida

49 months ago

I live in Florida and the CMA(AAMA) and the Rma(AMT) are the only ones recognized by employers as legitimate credials. You will receive a dollar more a hour a most places.

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ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida

49 months ago

Matt, NCMA in Salt Lake City, Utah said: Hi Ginger, I have my NCMA from (NCCT) and they are just as good (AAMA)and(AMT). I have to renew my CMA every year, and I have to log 14 CEUs hours online and I pay $77.00 each year so I just wanted to let you know that there are a few groups for CMAs besides the (AAMA)and(AMT)that are just as good. It depends in which part of the country live in and where you went to school. Have a good evening.

I am sorry Matt, but the schools using the national credentialing are doing so as they can not use the AAMA credentialing as they are not accredited. I must have 60 CEU and get more new certification every 5 years. Most employers are doctors and they are the ones that help make up the certification test. I work with a girl that went to keiser university and the school is not accedited and she took the NHA and got credentialed as crma or something and work did not recognize this.

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Matt, NCMA in Salt Lake City, Utah

49 months ago

ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida said: I am sorry Matt, but the schools using the national credentialing are doing so as they can not use the AAMA credentialing as they are not accredited. I must have 60 CEU and get more new certification every 5 years. Most employers are doctors and they are the ones that help make up the certification test. I work with a girl that went to keiser university and the school is not accedited and she took the NHA and got credentialed as crma or something and work did not recognize this.

Hi Ginger, Just to let you know my school is accredited and it's not through (AAMA) or (AMT) it depends which part of the country you live in. I know I'm Certified and I'm working as well as a CMA. I thank you for your input and you have a great day.

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ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida

49 months ago

Like I said before. Look at the website for AAMA. These schools teaching the MA program that are not accredited, these students cannot take the AAMA certification. This is the most prestigious test you can take. It covers your ekg, phlebotomy, coding, everything imaginable. This is a very grueling test. People check your schools status. Don't get taken. Look at the website. These unaccredited schools are taking your money. It is not what part of the country you live in either. Top dollar? CMA(AAMA)

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phil in Pueblo, Colorado

49 months ago

AMT is equal to AAMA

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ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida

49 months ago

Actually the AMT is the American Medical Technicians and you receive the RMA through this organization. Yes it is prestigious also, but after 5 years as a CMA(AAMA) I can buy this credential. There is no way that you can buy the CMA(AAMA). I will buy this credential as it is prestigious.

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Alexa

48 months ago

Looking for free EKG Training in Staten Island New York.... Would anyone know if this exits?

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KilbyBeauty in Efland, North Carolina

48 months ago

Hi, I am about to take the NHA's CBCS exam. I am studying the study guide but was just wondering what I should focus on. Someone else said guidelines and regulations but I'm not really sure what they meant by that..Can anyone clarify for me what I should focus on? the NHA's website has not been helpful in answering my questions. Can anyone help? I am kinda freaking out...
Thanks!

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phil in Pueblo, Colorado

48 months ago

phil in Pueblo, Colorado said: AMT is equal to AAMA

AMT is American Medical Technologists and is equal to AAMA, NHA doesnt even come close and if you do a MA job search NHA doesnt even come up as credible

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ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida

48 months ago

I agree the AMT is the next best thing to AAMA and is recognized, but I can buy my AMT certification without testing after being in the field for 5 years, you can't do that with the CMA (AAMA). I have 1 more year before I have both credentials.

Thanks,
Ginger

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ginger robbins in Lakeland, Florida

48 months ago

Go to the AAMA website and they have some practice questions. If the NHA is suppose to be so similar this should help you. I would advise the AAMA certification if your school is accredited. I think you would benefit more. NHA is not recognized by most employers.

Thanks
ginger

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Antonio2 in Leonia, New Jersey

48 months ago

I'm almost finish with my CMA courses and should be taking the exam in around September, but my school is accredited w/ NHA and not, AAMA. After view some of the comments, it looks like that AAMA association is more recognized in the U.S. and also it pays better in thee job market.

Feel free to comments or give advice.

Thx

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Antonio2 in Leonia, New Jersey

48 months ago

Ginger, I took this course in the health industry because there are a lot of venues which you could take, but prior to this i was doing Accounting work and i got laid off. I just wanted to ask you for wage reason, if this is your first job or did you have prior non related work experiences to CMA and if so, how much did you start it out with; I understand if you don't want to answer your hourly rate wage.

Thx,
Antonio2

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