Medical Assistant Requirements in South Carolina
Is any education or training required?
South Carolina does not require any prior education or training. Yet employers will prefer to hire a candidate who has completed at least a high school diploma or GED, as well as a post-secondary certificate or an associate degree. You can find a list of schools in South Carolina offering medical assisting programs at this link. Many of the schools are accredited, and will qualify you for certification.
Are medical assistants required to be certified?
No, South Carolina law does not establish any licensing or certification requirements for medical assistants. National certification is awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). Certified medical assistants are recognized by South Carolina law, and are considered licensed.
Additionally, employers typically require that medical assistants are certified in CPR.
How can a medical assistant become certified by AAMA?
The American Association of Medical Assistants requires the successful completion of a certification exam. AAMA lists study resources to help prepare for the exam. To apply for certification by AAMA, you must:
- Graduate from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program.
- Fill out and mail the application, supporting documents, and application fee.
- Schedule the certification exam once the application is processed.
Is continuing education necessary?
Yes, both AMT and AAMA require that medical assistants keep their membership current.
- AMT requests an annual fee to renew membership. Every three years, members are required to complete continuing education credits. You can read more about AMT’s continuing education program here.
- AAMA requires recertification every 60 months. In addition to completing either continuing education credits or a recertification exam, medical assistants will be required to show proof of a current CPR certification. The current recertification requirements are listed on the AAMA website.
What tasks is a medical assistant legally allowed to perform?
Medical assistants, in South Carolina, must be certified to administer CPR or to start an IV. They perform office duties such as updating files and scheduling appointments. With supervision, medical assistants are allowed to perform basic clinical duties such as administering injections. Medical assistants are never allowed to take X-Rays.
The South Carolina Society of Medical Assistants provides additional resources to medical assistants such as job postings and scholarships.