Our clinic is staffed by Medical Assistants (or MA's). An "MA" has graduated from a Medical Assistant program in which they study the function and structure of the major body systems, medical terminology, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, as well as injections and blood drawing. Administrative processes, computer skills, and bookkeeping are added to make them an indispensable part of a medical office.
In addition to graduating from a MA program a "RMA" is a Medical Assistant that has passed a certification test administered by American Medical Technologists.
A "CMA" has graduated from an accredited program for Medical Assistants and has successfully passed a certification examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. A "CMA" must re-certify every 5 years, either by retesting or by continuing education credits, to be able to continue to use the "CMA" credential behind her name.