Applicant shall be a recent graduate of, or be scheduled to graduate from, either an accredited medical assisting program or a medical assistant program that is housed within an accredited institution, provided that in the latter case the program include a minimum of 720 clock-hours (or equivalent) of training, including 160 hours of clinical externship (or as required by state law).
Applicant shall be a recent graduate of, or be scheduled to graduate from, a formal medical services training program of the United States Armed Forces.
Applicants must have graduated from their academic programs within the past four years. Applicants whose date of graduation is four years or more prior to the date of their application must also provide evidence of relevant work experience for at least three of the last five years.
Applicant shall have been employed as a medical assistant for a minimum of five out of the last seven years, no more than two years of which may have been as an instructor in a post- secondary medical assistant program. Work experience must include both clinical and administrative duties. Proof of high school graduation (or equivalent) is required.
Applicant shall be currently instructing in an accredited medical assisting program, shall have completed a course of instruction in a healthcare discipline related to medical assisting, and shall have a minimum of five years of full-time teaching experience in a medical assisting discipline that encompasses a range of both clinical and administrative competencies that are broadly representative of core medical assisting duties.
An applicant who has less than five years of teaching experience, but more than one year, shall provide documentation of at least three years of full-time clinical work experience in a healthcare profession in which the scope of practice is commensurate with, or exceeds, the medical assisting scope of practice.
Applicant shall have taken and passed another certification organization’s generalist examination for medical assisting, provided that the organization’s exam has been approved by the AMT Board of Directors and that the applicant can meet eligibility Routes 1, 2, 3 or 4. No examination is required.
Note: Currently only one certification agency is accepted by AMT. Please call before you apply to make sure you qualify.
Medical Assistant Eligibility Chart (Download)
Medical Assistant Certification Self-Assessment (Download)
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