Karel J. Wassmuth, CMA (AAMA) passed the January 25, 2008 CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination, thereby earning the prestigious Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) credential.
Ms. Wassmuth is a graduate of the medical assisting program at LCSC, Lewiston, ID and is employed by Clearwater Medical Clinic, in Lewiston ID. She is the daughter of Urban and Laura Wassmuth of Cottonwood.
The CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination, administered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), tests clinical and administrative knowledge needed for competent medical assisting practice. The CMA (AAMA) Examination is the only medical assisting exam that requires all of its candidates to be graduates of an accredited post-secondary medical assisting program. The National Board of Medical Examiners – responsible for many national examinations for physicians – serves as test consultant for the examination. As a result, the reliability, validity and security of the examination are of the highest order.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 35 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than average for all occupations…particularly for those with formal training or experience, and certification.” Greater numbers of employers are preferring (or even insisting) that their medical assistants be CMAs (AAMA) due to the reputation of the credential as being the gold standard for the profession. Thus, CMAs (AAMA) comprise the majority or credentialed medical assistants in the work force today.
The American Association of Medical Assistants is a professional association headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. In additional to sponsoring the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination, the AAMA provides continuing education programs and other benefits for medical assistants.