Arizona College Medical Assisting Students in the labMedical assistants support their fellow healthcare professionals by performing administrative and clinical duties within medical offices. Medical assistants must have strong communication skills to explain medical terminology to patients and to relay important information from physicians, such as laboratory results.

Medical assistants are not required to have certification in order to work in the field. However, Arizona College recommends that our graduates become certified as a way to enhance their resume and validate the knowledge they gained by completing our Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy program.

Each graduate is eligible to be certified as a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) by American Medical Technologists (AMT) and as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

The process for medical assistant certification or becoming a registered medical assistant includes taking and passing either the CMA exam or RMA exam.

Steps for Medical Assistant Certifying Exams

  1. Confirm you have met the eligibility requirements and complete the exam application.
  2. Submit the completed application, including supporting documentation and credentials, and associated application fee.
  3. Schedule the exam.
  4. Study!
  5. Take the examination.
  6. Pass the CMA with a score of 430 or higher or pass the RMA examination with a score of 70 or higher.
  7. Receive credentials by mail.

Using Your Medical Assistant Certification

Once you have become a certified medical assistant or registered medical assistant, be sure to update your resume with this information. It will be beneficial when applying for medical assisting positions. By including your certification information on your resume, you open the door to more opportunities for career advancement and increase job mobility and options in this exciting medical field. In addition, Arizona College graduates can enlist our Career Services department for support and assistance with their job searches.

Our Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy diploma program is offered at our Glendale and Mesa, AZ campuses. It is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience they need to obtain certification and start their careers in medical assisting. Fill out a request for information form and our admissions team will be in touch with you. They’ll happily answer any questions you have about our Medical Assistant program, or other Allied Health education programs you may be interested in learning about.