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Medical Assistant Career Accelerator Program: Certification Resources

CMA (AAMA)® Certification


Many employers of allied health personnel prefer, or even insist, that their medical assistants are CMA (AAMA) certified. The AAMA – American Association of Medical Assistants is the agency that provides the certificate granting CMA credentials.

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 Exam.


How to Become a Medical Assistant in Illinois (article):

  • Complete a medical assisting education program
  • Consider pursuing national certification
  • Learn about employment opportunities for medical assistants in IL

Illinois Society of Medical Assistants:

  • The Illinois Society of Medical Assistants is a professional organization which supports the versatile medical assistant. The ISMA is the governing body for the local Chapters and is the vehicle for which the members are affiliated with the American Association of Medical Assistants.

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