How to Become a Medical Administrative Assistant

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Medical administrative assistants are needed to complete office work and help assist the doctor. The job duties of a medical administrative assistant depend on the employer. However, most include filling out insurance forms, handling patient files, arranging lab and hospital admissions, scheduling appointments, answering multi-line phones, handling correspondence and more. Medical administrative assistants can be found working in doctors' offices, hospitals, clinics and more. You will need special training in order to become a medical administrative assistant.

Earn a diploma or an associate's degree in medical administrative assisting. You can find the proper program through continuing education classes that offer diploma programs. You can take the necessary classes through the mail or online. If you want to earn your associate's degree in medical administrative assisting, you can find the proper classes at your local college or vocational school. Training will take about one to two years, depending on what program you choose. Make sure whatever school you choose is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

Volunteer at a local medical office to gain experience in medical administrative assisting. Employers prefer those who have both formal training and on-the-job experience. Send your resume to local medical offices while you are still taking classes. Let them know that your objective is to volunteer some of your time in order to learn more about becoming a medical administrative assistant.

Become a certified medical assistant (CMA) through the American Association of Medical Assistants. You must show that you have graduated from a school that is accredited by either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Apply for the certification and study as much as you can before your test date.

Clean up. An employer will expect their medical administrative assistants to be well groomed. For men, that means shaving every day, getting regular hair-cuts and wearing suits to work. For women that means keeping hair neatly pulled back, and wearing button-up shirts and work pants. You should look professional--dress nice and groom yourself. Avoid wearing clothing that reveals too much skin, as this could cost you a job.

Apply for positions as a medical administrative assistant at the places where you would like to work. Show proof of your diploma or degree, your volunteer work and your certification.


Only enroll in a medical school that is accredited appropriately.


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