About the Exam

The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)—or CMA (AAMA)—credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board (CB) of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

The credential is awarded to candidates who pass the CMA (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination.

The CB of the AAMA is committed to impartiality, objectivity, and fairness in all aspects of its CMA (AAMA) Certification Program. This commitment is reflected in all policies of the CB, and the execution of all policies.

Exam Eligibility  |  Only candidates who meet one of the three categories of exam eligibility are allowed to sit for the exam.

Exam Content  |  The CMA (AAMA) Exam is a rigorous exam that requires a thorough, broad, and current understanding of health care delivery. The CMA (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination Content Outline provides an overview of the wide scope of knowledge required in general, clinical, and administrative categories.

The exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions administered in four 40-minute segments.

CMA (AAMA) Examination Practice Tutorial  |  Completing the American Association of Medical Assistants Computer-Based Testing Tutorial prepares CMA (AAMA) exam candidates for what to expect when taking the exam at the testing site. All candidates are encouraged to use this online tutorial to practice prior to their examination appointment.

Exam Security  |  The CMA (AAMA) Exam is administered through Prometric, a globally recognized provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment services, including testing services for many prestigious medical credentialing examinations. The reliable, secure, and thorough testing services provided by Prometric maintain the integrity of the testing process and differentiate the candidates from those who carry certifications from less secure testing facilities. 

IAS Accreditation  |  The Certifying Board of the AAMA is accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons (AC474). This independent recognition affirms that the criteria and processes for earning the CMA (AAMA) credential meet ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012, the global benchmark for certification bodies, distinguishing the CMA (AAMA) from other medical assisting certifications. 

NCCA Accreditation  |  The certification program of the Certifying Board of the AAMA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and complies with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. The NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly called the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).

The NCCA Standards were created to ensure that certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry.

NBME: Examination Consultant  |  The National Board of Medical Examiners, which is responsible for many national examinations for physicians, including the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), constructs and administers the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam--the only medical assisting examination for which this is the case. As a result, the reliability and validity of the CMA (AAMA) credential are of the highest order.

Recertification  |  The credential must be recertified every 60 months by continuing education or re-examination.