Supplying the Demand for CMA Review Sessions

Marissa Lindala, medical assistant program chair at Globe University-Woodbury, reviewing CMA/RMA course content.

The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) recently determined that any professional entering orders into an electronic health record needs to be credentialed, according to Marissa Lindala, medical assisting (MA) program chair at the Globe University-Woodbury campus.

“We have learned that more clinics are requiring that medical assistants be credentialed in some way. That is why we decided to host Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)/Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) review seminar on campus,” said Lindala.

In early March, the Globe University-Woodbury campus welcomed 25 medical assistants from local and western Wisconsin clinics to help fill this need.

Lindala was approached late last year by a couple of different clinics asking if Globe offered a review session for medical assistants to prepare for one of the credentialing exams for MAs—either the Certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the Registration exam offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

“This hasn’t always been the case, so there are a lot of assistants out there that never even sat for a national exam,” said Lindala. “Therefore, now there is a need for this review session for MAs out there.”

This event was free to Globe University alumni and $20 for the public, which included study materials, lunch and sample exams.

Feedback from the Attendees:

“I would definitely recommend this class,” said a community member who attended the review. “I think there is a need for these classes because a lot of people need to be certified and have been out of school anywhere from six months to many years, and the class shed light on new policies or procedures that may not have been in place before.”

“I think there is a need for this review, especially if you have been out of the classroom for a while. It helps reopen those learning paths that have been shut by working in the field.”

“I recommend that others take a review course before taking the test so they can feel confident going into the test. There is so much to study and having someone guide you through it is so helpful I think—not so overwhelming.”

“I felt that this seminar helped me most by letting me take a mock test and based on that, I could find out where I needed to focus my studying. There was enough time for the instructors to answer the questions and then go on to review the important themes and topics with which we should be familiar. Some of these I had forgotten since I was in school.”

“There is a great need for this type of review so that people can utilize their study time, which usually is hard to come by, on the areas they need to focus on most. This type of review helps people feel more confident and knowledgeable going into the test.”

“Overall, I felt like it was a good day and it seemed like everyone enjoyed their time,” said Lindala. “We look forward to helping alumni and community members in the medical field by providing this review course.”