Arkansas Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in Arkansas help other medical professionals efficiently treat patients.  Medical assistants are responsible for administrative tasks, as well as clinical tasks.  The responsibilities of medical assistants can include, but are not limited to:

  • Taking and tracking patient’s vital signs
  • Assisting physicians and nurse practitioners during patient exams
  • Recording patients’ history
  • Administering shots, under the oversight of a physician
  • Scheduling appointments and other clerical duties
  • Transferring patients’ charts to Electronic Health Records
  • Giving post-appointment instructions to patients
  • Completing Insurance Forms

Medical Assistant Certification in Arkansas

Matching School Ads

Ultimate Medical Academy is a nonprofit healthcare career school—and students are at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we offer exclusive student services through your career training and beyond, beginning from the time you enroll online or at our campus in Clearwater, FL. We’ll also guide you toward the right program for your goals, and help you understand the affordability of your career training. So let us know you’re interested, and we’ll discuss how UMA can help you succeed.

 

Gainful employment information can be found at UltimateMedical.edu/gainful-employment and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement, and occupations.

Programs:

  • A.S. - Medical Billing & Coding

Blue Cliff College was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1987 with the goal of becoming one of the most respected Massage Therapy training centers in the nation. In June of 1989, the College in Louisiana received its Proprietary School License from the state. In 1998, the Continuing Education College was proud to receive accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the US Department of Education.

Programs:

  • Health Information Management, Billing and Coding - Diploma
Locations: Fayetteville
Penn Foster offers affordable, self-paced career-focused distance education programs in fields like business, criminal justice, health services, technology, engineering, paralegal studies and more.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Programs include Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, Master of Health Care Administration, and more.
  • Students learn from instructors with experience in the health care field.
  • Capstone projects and clinical practicums that can help prepare students for more career opportunities.
  • Flexible, online and on-campus program available.

Programs:

  • BS in Health and Wellness
  • Find Online Schools. 100% Online Accredited Courses
  • Get Matched to Programs In A Few Clicks!
  • Earn an Affordable Degree from Home at your own pace
  • Get College info today. Its Free and Easy!

Programs:

    • View Certificates, Associates or Bachelors Degree Programs in Medical Assisting Near YOU!
    • Free Information for Medical Assisting, Healthcare Administration, Medical Billing, Coding & Transcription Degree Programs & MORE.
    • Enter YOUR Needs and Requirements & Get Matched to the Perfect Campus or Online Degree Programs.
    • Accredited, Flexible and Affordable Medical Assisting Programs that Fit Your Time & Budget. Use our Matching Service - It's Easy and FREE!

    Programs:


      It is not necessary to be certified as a medical assistant in Arkansas, but certification can lead to more job offers and an increased salary.  Certified medical assistants have demonstrated competency in the skills necessary to work as a medical assistant.  Although there is not legal educational requirement, most employers will require either a high school diploma or GED.

      There are several associations that certify medical assistants and other, similar, professions:

      How to become a CMA in Arkansas through the AAMA

      Step 1: Complete a Medical Assistant Program that is Accredited

      There are a number of schools that have medical assisting programs.  They can be found online and throughout Arkansas.  Tuition, prerequisites, length and curriculum will vary at these programs, so people should compare several.  Regardless of what program is chosen, it should be accredited by the AAMA.

      In addition to this program, prospective CMAs must complete a clinical training practicum.  This is usually an unpaid, supervised internship.

      Step 2: Apply for and Pay for the CMA Exam

      The application for the CMA exam is available here.  After sending in the exam application, people should expect to hear from the CMA Certification Department within a month of receive the application.  They usually email applicants about the status of their application.

      Step 3: Schedule the CMA Exam

      After an exam is processed, applicants will receive an email containing instructions for scheduling the CMA exam.  This email is sent within 20 days of the application’s completed processing.  It begins a 90-day testing period, during which the exam must be schedules.  A permit that allows applicants to schedule the exam will be in the email, and the permit must be brought to the exam.

      Step 4: Study for the CMA Exam

      Applicants will have to prepare for the exam, as it is difficult.  All CMA training programs should provide students with review materials and practice exams.  In addition to these, review courses might be offered at a nearby school or through the local CMA chapter (see below).

      Step 5: Pass the Exam and Be Certified

      Everyone who passes the exam receives a Certified Medical Assistant Certificate and be listed on the CMA Status Website.

      Career Outlook for CMAs in Arkansas

      According to CareerOneStop.org, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, there is a projected growth rate over 30 percent for medical assistants in the United States.  The demand for medical assistants in Arkansas is expected to increase 36 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is above the national average.  This should result in 90 open positions each year for CMAs.

      State and National Trends

      United States

      Employment

      Percent
      Change

      Job Openings 1

      2010

      2020

      Medical Assistants

      527,600

      690,400

      +31%

      24,380

      Arkansas

      Employment

      Percent
      Change

      Job Openings 1

      2008

      2018

      Medical Assistants

      1,920

      2,600

      +36%

      90

      1Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

      Salaries Projections for CMAs in Arkansas

      The latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the average annual salary for a CMA in Arkansas is $12.49.  Working full time, this would result in an annual salary of $25,980.

      Below lists several cities/regions and their average hourly/annual salary

      • Little Rock, Arkansas: $14.03 / $29,180
      • Fayetteville: $13.54 / $28,160
      • Pine Bluff: $10.53 / $21,900
      • Central Arkansas Non Metro Area: $13.28 / $27,620

      Transferring Certification and Recertifying

      Since the CMA certificate is issued by the AAMA, which is a national entity, certificates can be transferred to any state.  They are valid for five years, at which point in time all CMAs must go through a recertification process.  To read more about recertification with the AAMA, click here.

      Local Chapters

      Arkansas does not have any local chapters of the AAMA, but the active state association can be found at http://arsma.org.

      Sources and Helpful Resources: