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What is the medical assistant exam?

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The Certified Medical Assistant Exam certifies medical assistants through the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. The exam is for students or recent graduates of accredited medical assisting programs and for recertification of current medical assistants, explains the American Association of Medical Assistants.

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An exam content outline is available on the AAMA website. The first part of the exam is under a general category and topics include psychology, communication, professionalism, medical ethics and medical terminology, states the American Association of Medical Assistants. The second part of the exam is administrative and includes topics such as medical reception, scheduling appointments and practice finances. The third part of the exam is clinical and includes topics such as anatomy, physiology and infection control. The Certified Medical Assistant Exam consists of 180 questions. Recertification is required every 60 months.

Only students and graduates of medical assisting programs accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or CAAHEP, or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, or ABHES, are eligible to take the exam, reports the American Association of Medical Assistants. Classes may be taken in a traditional setting or online. Applicants apply through the AAMA website and the test is taken at Prometric testing centers found throughout the United States and Canada. Prometric is technology-enabled testing center where the medical assistant exam is taken on a computer.

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