Alaska Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical Assistants in Alaska provide both administrative and clinical tasks under the supervision of a doctor.
A sample of administrative duties include:

  • Facilitating the scheduling of appointments
  • Updating medical records, both hard copies and electronic versions
  • Billing
  • Filing insurance paperwork

A sample of clinical duties may include:

  • Providing prescription information to pharmacies
  • Cleaning and sterilizing medical instruments
  • Collecting blood and other lab specimens and preparing them for testing
  • Helping physicians with patient exams

Medical Assistant Certification in Alaska

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    Background info: You can begin your career as a medical assistant without certification. In Alaska educational background needed and experience is subject to the preference of your employer. Certification as a Medical Assistant can be a good option because it can enhance your knowledge and skills, lead to better jobs and higher salaries.

    Additionally, there are different types of certification related to being a medical assistant in Alaska.

    Note, if you are pursuing a CMA certificate it is through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

    To Become a CMA in Alaska You Must:

    1. Matriculate from an Accredited Medical Assisting Program

    There are many options for programs in the medical assisting field in Alaska both in person and online. You want to make sure your program is accredited and then you should do research regarding tuition, length of program, reputation, class schedule etc., to find one that suits your needs.

    Additionally, to complete the certified medical assistant program in Alaska will also need to complete a practicum- a supervised, unpaid internship as a part of the program.

    2. Register For & Schedule the Medical Certification Exam

    • The application can be found here.
    • Within 30 days, the CMA Certification Department will contact you with your application status.
    • Once your application has been processed you will receive a permit for scheduling your exam.
    • Use this permit to register for your exam

    3. Prepare for the exam

    You can find specific information about the content of the exam here with the official outline. Most schools offer exam prep programs or review sessions.

    Additionally the Anatomy & Physiology Practice Exam is located here: http://www.aama-ntl.org/becomeCMA/practice_anatphys.aspx

    The Medical Terminology Practice Exam is located here:
    http://www.aama-ntl.org/becomeCMA/practice_term.aspx

    4. Pass the Exam And Become Certified

    If you pass the exam, you will receive a Certified Medical Assistant Certificate. You will also be listed on the CMA Status Website – http://www.aama-ntl.org/employers/verify.aspx .

    CMA in Alaska Career Outlook

    The Alaska government lists the medical assistant field as one facing robust growth with high demand for employment.

    Additionally in Alaska, Medical assistants look to grow by 29% as a field between 2008 and 2018. This is slightly lower than the US as a whole (31% change) but still one of the faster growing fields in Alaska.

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    Alaska CMA Salary

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average, the average hourly wage for a CMA in Alaska  is $18.53/hr and an average salary of $39,200 per year.  This is significantly more than the US average for a medical assistant. Within the state, medical assistants in the Fairbanks region make an average of $21.36/hr- tops in the state.

    Career One Stop compares various sectors of CMA’s in Alaska with their national counterparts:

    Transferring to A New State & Recertification

    Your CMA certificate is transferable from any state to Alaska or from Alaska to any state. Additionally, to keep your certificate valid, you must go through the recertification process every 5 years. You can find the official details on recertification here: http://www.aama-ntl.org/recertified/faqs_recertification.aspx

    Local Chapters

    Alaska has 2 local chapters for CMA’s:

    • Anchorage
    • Interior

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