Are you eligible for RMA certification?

Applicants must meet one of the following routes to be eligible to challenge an RMA certification exam.

Required Documentation

Route 1: Education

Applicant shall be a recent or scheduled graduate from an accredited MA program* or program that is housed within an accredited institution.

  • Must have 720 hours of instruction, 
that includes at least 160 hours of externship

*Program or institution must be 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.

If recently graduated:

  • Official final transcripts from the school showing graduation from an MA program

If graduated 4+ years ago:

  • Copy of transcripts showing graduation from an MA program
  • Documented, relevant work experience for 3 of the last 5 years that is verified by AMT
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Route 2: Military

Applicant shall be a recent graduate, or scheduled to graduate from a formal medical services training program of the United States Armed Forces.

  • Must have 720 hours of instruction, 
that includes at least 160 hours of externship

If recently graduated:

  • Copy of Joint Services Transcript showing graduation from a formal training program

If graduated 4+ years ago:

  • Copy of transcripts showing graduation from an MA program
  • Documented, relevant work experience for 3 of the last 5 years that is verified by AMT
  • DD214 (if discharged)
  • Last 5 evaluations
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Route 3: Work Experience

Applicant shall be employed as a medical assistant for a minimum of 5 of the last 7 years (with no more than 2 of those years as an instructor in a post-secondary medical assistant program).

  • Experience must include both clinical and administrative duties
  • Work requirement is full-time at 40 hours/week (part-time combination allowed)

  • A copy of your high school diploma or GED
  • Documented work experience that is verified by AMT
  • Valid CPR card (copy of front + back) that includes hands-on training
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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 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.

*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.

  • A copy of your transcript
  • Teaching and documented work experience
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Once Eligible You Can Apply

Complete application and submit fee online.

Once you are eligible you can apply. Submit a separate application for each certification.

Pay fee*

RMA
$120

*Fees are non-refundable and include application, exam and first annual fee.

Utilize AMT study resources to increase testing confidence.

Once you receive notification from AMT with approval you may proceed.

Schedule the exam

If you are taking the exam at your school, your instructor will provide information about the exam date and time. If you are taking the exam at a one of the hundreds of Pearson VUE testing center locations across the country, you will schedule your own exam.

Locate a Testing Center Near Me

To cancel or reschedule

Call Pearson VUE at 1-888-846-6941 24 hours prior to your exam. If you are late or don’t show, you must pay a retesting fee to reschedule.

Take the Exam

Arrive 30 minutes prior to exam time with the required testing items:

  1. Authorization letter
  2. Two forms of valid identification
    • Both must have your first and last name identical to your name on your authorization letter
    • Both must bear your signature
    • One form must be a photo ID, either a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID, or passport

After the Exam

  • Results are available after the exam and are sent to AMT within 48 hours
  • All documentation MUST be complete to receive certification
  • Official certificate will arrive in the mail within 7-14 days
  • You may download your certified member card from My AMT Portal.

Retesting

If you receive a failing score, you will need to retake the entire exam.

  • Retake is permitted no sooner than 45 days from previous attempt
  • A non-refundable fee is required for each additional attempt
  • You are limited to 4 exam attempts for any one certification
  • Consult the AMT study resources to prepare for a retake

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