How many credit hours are needed to become a medical assistant?


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To become a certified medical assistant, a person must complete a total of 73 credit hours in a medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. In addition to completing the required credit hours, they must pass the CMA examination.

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The CMA certification is not permanent. Medical assistants must recertify, either by completing a total of 60 points worth of continuing education units, with at least 10 points in each of the three core areas of the certification, namely clinical, administrative and general. Alternatively, a medical assistant can renew the qualification by taking the CMA Recertification Examination. Recertification must be performed once every five years.

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