Clinical Medical Assistant Certification

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Clinical Medical Assistant Certification

Abbreviation of Certification: CMAC

Fee charged for the exam: $139.00 (Study Material Included)

Description and purpose of test

Clinical Medical Assistants have a variety of job responsibilities inclusive of medical and administrative tasks depending on State Law. Some common tasks of a CMAC include; taking a patient’s history, preparing an examination room, assisting physicians during examinations, preparing and transporting specimens, preparing a patient for an EKG, filing and front desk responsibilities. Since a clinical medical assistant works with the public, appearance and respect for confidentiality is important. Certified Medical Assistants may advance to other positions through experience or additional training.

  • Drawing blood*
  • Taking vitals
  • Recording patient visits
  • Charting a patient’s history
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Performing an EKG*
  • Recognizing the need for continuing education and staying current in health care mandates

The test is comprised of 200 questions:

The breakdown is as follows: Phlebotomy, EKG, anatomy and physiology, law and ethics, safety/infection control, medical office/patient care, and healthcare systems.

Allotted time for examinees is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

State requirements:

NJ Board of Medical Examiners: The educational program shall include, at a minimum, 600 clock hours of instruction and shall encompass training in the administration of intramuscular and subcutaneous injections and instruction and demonstration in; pertinent anatomy and physiology appropriate to injection procedures; choice of equipment; proper technique, including sterile technique; hazards and complications; and emergency procedures. N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.4

California CMAC CE requirements: California requires its Medical Assistant certificate holders to obtain a minimum of 60 hours of continuing education related to the practice of medical assistants over a 5 year period. All California candidates’ credentials are good for 5 years and during that time frame must accumulate 60 hours of CE in order to renew.

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