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Do you have to take a test to become a certified medical assistant?

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Passing a certification test is required before assuming the position of Certified Medical Assistant as of 2015, according to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Only those who have graduated from a medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) may take the test.

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The exam requires a thorough understanding of health care delivery. Once a graduate has taken and passed the test, certification is complete and a matter of public record. Employers often request verification of certification, according to the AAMA. A handbook detailing all the steps that need to be completed in the certification process is available from the AAMA.

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