Medical Assistant Requirements in Maine
Is any prior education or training required?
Medical assistants in Maine are not required to have any prior education or training. Completion of an accredited medical assistant program, however, is required by most employers and is necessary if a medical assistant wants to become certified. Currently, a few schools (around seven) in Maine offer medical assisting programs. Many schools offer an online program. You can find a list of education programs in Maine at this link.
Are medical assistants required to be certified?
No, Maine law does not require medical assistants to be certified. Yet Maine recognizes national certification. National certification is awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), if you have graduated from an accredited school.
You can also consider the National HealthCareer Association, which offers numerous specialized certification opportunities.
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
- Maintain a current CPR certification
- 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, to maintain membership in the AAMA, you must recertify 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?
Most assistants perform basic administrative and data gathering work in a physician’s office, hospital, or clinic. Additionally, medical assistants, with appropriate training, are allowed to perform any medical procedures delegated by a physician or nurse. They are never allowed to evaluate or assess a patient, or take X-Rays.
Medical assistants can join the Maine State Society of Medical Assistants. It provides resources such as scholarships.