Medical Assistant Certification in Georgia – GA
Upon securing your CAAHEP or ABHES accredited degree/diploma from a Georgia medical assistant school, submit application forms to a nationally recognized certification board/agency, such as the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA.org) or the American Medical Technologists (AMT1.com) to schedule a CMA certification examination. Once you successfully pass the current standard CMA test, you are designated as a Certified Medical Assistant permitted to practice in Georgia.
Formal medical assistant training or a license/certificate is not required to practice as an MA in Georgia, however, it is strongly recommended that those considering a career as a medical assistant professional seek technical training from medical assistant schools in Georgia. It is widely acknowledged that medical assistants with certification are more sought after in Georgia. MA’s without certification are only eligible to gain certification after 5 years of established on-the-job training in a hospital. Please see www.AMT1.com for detailed requirements
Continuing Education requirements in Georgia
By law, certification in Georgia must be retained by completing either one of two requirements: take the current standard CMA certification examination to recertify or accrue 60 AAMA approved continuing education units (CEU’S). The CEU’s are broken down as follows: 10 administrative units, 10 clinical units, 10 general units, and a combined 30 units from the preceding disciplines. Please visit www.AAMA-ntl.org for further explanation of medical assistant continuing education requirements for Georgia.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Medical Assistants in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus and Savannah, Georgia may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including Atlanta Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, and DeKalb Medical at North Decatur.