National Credential
Credential: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) represents a medical assistant who has been certified by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) to have ability to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics and group practices. Medical assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on office location, size, and specialty. Clinical duties vary according to state law and include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. This is a mid-level certification and requires applicants to be graduates of an accredited medical assisting program and pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68B Orthopedic Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 68U Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 68W Combat Medic Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted Q5 Special Forces Combat Diving, Medical ASI other          
Enlisted W1 Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCOM) ASI some          
Enlisted Y8 Immunology and Allergy Specialty ASI some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education: Accredited Program
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575
Chicago, IL  60606
Phone: (312) 899-1500
Fax: (312) 899-1259
Contact Page

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

To be eligible for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination, the candidate must meet the criteria for one of two eligibility categories.

Category 1: Candidate must be a completing student or recent graduate of medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

  • Completing students may take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination no more than 30 days prior to completing their formal education and practicum.
  • Recent graduates are those who apply for the exam within 12 months of graduation.

Category 2: Non-recent graduates of a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program is a candidate who applies for the exam more than 12 months after graduation.

Candidates who graduate from a CAAHEP or ABHES program that was accredited at any time during the student's enrollment, or who graduated within the 36 months prior to the program becoming CAAHEP or ABHES accredited, are eligible to apply for the CMA (AAMA) exam under Category 1 or 2.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

  • General
    • Psychology
    • Communication
    • Professionalism
    • Medical Law/Regulatory Guidelines
    • Medical Ethics
    • Risk Management, Quality Assurance, and Safety
    • Medical Terminology
  • Administrative
    • Medical Reception
    • Patient Navigator/Advocate
    • Medical Business Practices
    • Establish Patient Medical Record
    • Scheduling Appointments
    • Practice Finances
  • Clinical
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Infection Control
    • Patient Intake and Documentation of Care
    • Patient Preparation and Assisting the Provider
    • Nutrition
    • Collecting and Processing Specimens
    • Diagnostic Testing
    • Pharmacology
    • Emergency Management/Basic First Aid

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certificants may renew their CMA (AAMA) credential by examination or by completing 60 units of continuing education. Complete information about recertification can be found in the CMA (AAMA) Recertification Application.