Medical assistant final exams are given at the end of a formal vocational training program to allow the student to graduate. National professional certification bodies then offer certification exams to provide these successful graduates with industry-recognized professional credentials. To be better prepared for your medical assisting finals you should use every resource your instructors provided: your textbooks,hand-outs, and lecture notes taken in class can be your MOST important and effective study tools. There also are different medical assistant certification exam textbooks you can buy in book stores and online from Amazon.com, or sometimes on eBay. It doesn’t matter if they are used.
Many medical assistants are also planning on sitting for a certification exam after graduation. While the final exam covers everything that was taught in class, the certification exam covers a broad range of medical assisting areas of knowledge to assure proficiency and competency in all areas of general medical assisting, clinical and administrative. The exam typically is timed and consists of multiple-choice questions taken either in writing paper or electronically through Prometric testing services, which takes place in computer-lab typesetting and results will be instantly logged. There are study and review websites, flashcards online, textbooks, and booklets with medical assistant certification practice questions for certification applicants. You can contact your chosen certification provider and ask if they can mail you a practice exam or if one is available for download on their website.
A medical assistant from Florida tells us in our Medical Assistant forum:
I was surprised that about 85-90% of the exam was on the administrative(billing, coding, insurance) and not the clinical. Sure there were some questions on clinical but it did not seem like much… make sure you know your terminology, body planes, basic math that was covered in Pharmacology. There were a couple of questions regarding that. Anyway, think of it this way…how did you do in school? Were you a top student? If so then you will do great!”
~Still Hopeful in Florida
Who Qualifies for Certification?
Graduates from approved accredited medical assistant training programs.
Experienced individuals – based on 3-5 years of experience in the profession.
By reciprocity for those who have already passed a generalist medical assistant certification exam by another approved certification body and are working in the medical assisting field.
An applicant for a certification exam from AMT based on training received in the Armed Forces/Military must have completed a 50-week US military laboratory procedures training program and credits for this training must have been earned in an accredited college or university leading to an appropriate allied health, medical technologist degree.