Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant (RMA) applicants shall meet one of the following eligibility routes:
Applicants applying under Routes 1, 2, 3 or 4 shall take and pass the appropriate AMT certification examination.

Route 1: Education

Applicant shall be a recent graduate of, or be scheduled to graduate from, an accredited medical assisting program

Additional Requirements:
  • Accredited program: Program or institution is accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or otherwise approved by the AMT Board of Directors.
  • All training programs should include a minimum of 720 Program clock hours (or equivalent) in medical assisting, including a clinical externship of no less than 160 hours in duration (or required by state law).
  • 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.

Route 2: Military

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.

Additional Requirement:

  • 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.

Route 3: Work Experience

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.

Additional Requirements:

  • All work experience is assumed to be full-time. Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings).

Route 4: Instructor

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 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.

Additional Requirement:
  • Accredited program: Program or institution is accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or otherwise approved by the AMT Board of Directors.

Route 5: Other Recognized Exam

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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