How much does a certified clinical medical assistant make?
Clinical medical assistants can make an above-average salary and enjoy a prestigious medical career. According to Indeed.com, the median salary for Clinical Medical Assistants is $38,633 with an hourly wage of $16.58 per hour.
What does a certified clinical medical assistant do?
As a clinical medical assistant, you will interact directly with patients daily. You will likely be the first person a patient encounters after passing reception and the last person they see before exiting the facility. It will be your job to put them at ease, assure them they will be properly cared for, and leave them with a good impression. To be successful in this job, you will need to learn Electronic Health Record (EHR) software. You will be responsible for taking the medical histories and recording patients' vital signs. Exact duties will vary by location, healthcare specialty, and practice size, but you will also likely complete clerical and administrative tasks within physician’s offices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. You will also need to understand how and what information can be shared and adhere to confidentiality laws, like HIPAA, in patient treatment.
Are clinical medical assistants in high demand?
The demand for medical assistants is high, making it an excellent time for students to begin their career training. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that demand will increase by 18% over the next ten years for this profession, much faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S.
What is the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam?
The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) is a national certification exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the largest allied health certification organization in the U.S., with over one million certifications awarded over more than 30 years. This exam serves to validate the skills of medical assistants and demonstrates their dedication to the profession. According to the 2020 Industry Outlook produced by the NHA, 89% of employers require or encourage certification for medical assistants, and 63% increase pay when certification is obtained. This course includes a voucher for the cost of the CCMA certification exam at no additional cost to you.
What is a Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)?
A certified electronic health records specialist (CEHRS) is someone who has demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills to perform the important job of ensuring that patient data is secure, complete, and accurate. To achieve the nationally recognized CEHRS designation you must prepare for and pass the CEHRS exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association.
Where do you work as an electronic health records specialist?
Electronic health records specialists work in a variety of healthcare facilities including physicians' offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, surgery centers, and government facilities. You may even be able to work from home in this career!
How much do electronic health records specialists make?
The median salary for electronic health records specialists is just over $44,090 per year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those working in physicians' offices have an average salary around $35,500, while those working in hospitals earn over $44,000 on average.
What is a day in the life of an electronic health records specialist like?
A day in the life of an electronic health records specialist is one of multi-tasking. You will be responsible for auditing patient records, submitting reimbursement claims, processing requests for medical information, reviewing records, collecting insurance and demographic information from patients, and discussing patients with physicians and insurance professionals. There is a high need for specialists who are trustworthy and able to keep information confidential.
Are electronic health records specialists in high demand?
Yes! Electronic health records specialists are in high demand, and jobs are expected to increase by 8% through 2029 which is considered faster than average by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging population is expected to be the biggest contributor to this job growth.
What type of test is the CEHRS certification exam?
The CEHRS certification exam is a multiple-choice test that consists of 110 questions. The exam must be taken at a PSI testing center, and you will be given 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete it.
Does this course prepare me for a certification?
Yes. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam and the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) national certification exam, both offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The registration fee for the exams are included with this course.
What are the system requirements for the online certification exam proctoring?
System requirements for NHA certification exam proctoring are:
- Operating system supported: Windows 7 and later; 32bit (x86) and 64bit (x64); Mac OS X and later
- Browsers supported: PSI Secure Lock-Down Browser
- Browser settings: The browser must accept third-party cookies for the duration of the exam ONLY
- Webcam/microphone: Minimum VGA 640 x 480 resolution, enabled built-in or external microphone
- Bandwidth: Minimum 400 kb/s download and upload Hardware requirements: 2GB RAM Memory; 1 GB Free Disk Space, minimum 1368x768 screen resolution
Can I register for a course if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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