Program Accreditation

Q. Does the AAMA accredit medical assisting programs?

A. No. There are two nationally recognized bodies that accredit medical assisting programs: (1) the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); and (2) the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) is a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) of CAAHEP. The MAERB presents to CAAHEP recommendations on the accreditation of medical assisting programs. CAAHEP acts on these recommendations and accredits programs.

About Donald A. Balasa

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, chief executive officer and legal counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, keeps his eye on what is happening in the profession.
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9 Responses to Program Accreditation

  1. Lazaro says:

    I just took the NCCT exam for Medical Assiting. Is that not a valid or accredited or recognized certification?

  2. Farrina says:

    Mr. Balasa,
    I have the same question. There is a program I want to take in GA (5-month course for Clinical Medical Assistant at a local university but it is provided so to say by Boston Reed College in CA). It is not accredited by CAAHEP or ABHES, but I was told I can take the NCCT exam. Should I take it and hope for the best? Is it official?
    Thank you!

    • Thank you for your question.

      I would recommend that you look into taking a medical assisting program that is either CAAHEP or ABHES accredited. CAAHEP and ABHES are the only accrediting bodies for medical assisting programs that are recognized by either the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

      Although Georgia law does not, at this point in time, require medical assistants to graduate from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program, your opportunities for professional opportunities and advancement can be greater if you graduate from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program.

      I hope this is helpful.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Executive Director, Legal Counsel

      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org

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  3. Rita Leonard says:

    I graduated from Cazenovia College in 1988 from the medical assistant program. How can I find out if the program was accredited?

  4. ajohnsonaama says:

    Thank you very much for your question. The medical assisting program Cazenovia College was never accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).Unfortunately, this means you are not eligible for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examinatoin.

    Individuals whose previous education does not provide eligibility for the exam may wish to contact the ABHES or CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs in their area to learn which institutions offer advanced placement opportunities for previous educational or work experience. If advance placement is available you may not need to complete the entire medical assisting curriculum in order to graduate.

    A listing of CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs can be reviewed at http://www.caahep.org. For ABHES accredited medical assisting programs go to http://www.abhes.org. Some of these programs offer courses on-line. Look for programs that are noted to be “online”, “distance education”, or a combination of “distance” and “residential” opportunities.

    If we can be of further assistance, please let us know.

    Anna Johnson, CAE
    Director of Certification/AAMA Associate Executive Director

    American Association of Medical Assistants
    Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org

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  5. Rita Leonard says:

    Just one more question for you. I live in the Albany NY area. Mildred Elley is offering a two day course and allowing students to sign up to take the certification exam. I received this information from my employer. However, when I read your response to the above question about graduating from Cazenovia College in 1988 I understand I do not meet the criteria. Can you tell me if Mildred Elley in Albany NY has the credentials to run a two course for those you do not meet the criteria of the American Association of Medical Assistants?
    Thanks Again,
    Rita Leonard

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