The Certifying Board (CB) of the American Association of Medical Assistants® (AAMA) has approved the launch of a three-year eligibility pilot program, which temporarily opens a new education pathway for medical assistants to become eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA)® Certification Exam.
Applicants first submit their documentation for review, free of charge, to determine their eligibility to apply for the exam. The criteria and submission requirements for the review are outlined on the Eligibility Pilot Program webpage of the AAMA website.
Before implementing the program, the CB took into account several policy priorities, including but not limited to the following:
- Maintaining global and national accreditation standards
- Heeding a recommendation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies
- Needing to collect and evaluate empirical evidence on examination performance by candidates who are not graduates of accredited medical assisting programs
Examine all the CB’s considerations and rationale in detail by reading the November/December 2019 Public Affairs article, “The CMA (AAMA)® Certification Exam Eligibility Pilot Program: Criteria and Rationale for the Three-Year Pilot Study,” on the AAMA website.