Q. We have at least one student who inserts “MA” behind her name, which leads many to believe and assume she has a master’s degree. What does the AAMA tell the graduates who have not passed [the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination] to use as a designation of their status?
A. The AAMA never uses the initialism “MA” when referring to medical assistants who do not have the CMA (AAMA) credential, or any other medical assisting credential. As you have stated, the confusion is that “MA” can be confused with “Master of Arts.”
Medical assistants who have not obtained a credential are told that they can refer to themselves as “medical assistants,” but are never told that they are permitted to convert this to the initialism of “MA” and use these letters after their name.