Indiana Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in Indiana care for patients at doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, labs and other medical facilities.  They perform basic clinical and administrative duties, which do not require advanced medical training.  Here is a sampling of what medical assistants are able to do.

  • Give shots
  • Confirm patients’ insurance information
  • Draw blood
  • Request charts from other facilities
  • Assist with patient exams
  • Call prescription information into pharmacies
  • Prepare equipment

Certified Medical Assistants in Indiana

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Medical assistants can work in Indiana with or without certification.  Certified medical assistants (CMAs), however, are often entrusted with greater responsibilities than non-certified medical assistants, and therefore have better claims to raises.  Below are several agencies that certify medical assistants or comparable positions.

All of these organizations have assistants in Indiana, and they all have fairly similar certification requirements.  As an example, here is what the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) requires for certification.

1.  An AAMA-Sanctioned Class

The AAMA does not offer any specific classes in Indiana, but it accredits courses taught at schools throughout the state.  Any AAMA-recognized course will appease the organization and prepare students for the certification test.  These courses can be taken in a traditional classroom or online, but they all must include a clinical aspect.

2.  A Scholarship Application (Optional)

This is not required for certification, but medical assistant students can apply for the Maxine Williams Scholarship.  This is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to medical assistant students.  To begin the application process, students can email the AAMA with the following information:

  • Their name
  • Their accreditation code
  • Their institutions name, city and state

More information is available on the scholarship’s page.

3.  A Test Application

Since there are class requirements for CMA training, students must prove they have completed the coursework that is required before taking the CMA exam.  This is done by downloading and submitting a test application.  A fee must also be paid when this application is sent into the AAMA.  The AAMA responds within a month of receiving applications.

4.  Scheduling the Test

After being approved, which the AAMA notifies people of by email 20 days after their approval, applicants must schedule a test at one of Indiana’s CMA testing centers.

5.  Studying for the Test

This is not a formal requirement, but people who do not study usually do not pass the exam.  Practice exams and other review materials can be obtained through one’s school or local chapter of the AAMA (see final section).

6.  Passing the Test

Everyone who passes the test and has completed the previous five steps is certified as a medical assistant.  The AAMA keeps a list of all CMAs online.

CMA Employment in Indiana

The following chart comes from Career One Stop, which is a project of the U.S. Department of Labor.

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2010

2020

Medical Assistants

527,600

690,400

+31%

24,380

Indiana

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2008

2018

Medical Assistants

9,930

13,260

+34%

440

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

As this forecast shows, the need for CMAs in Indiana is growing at a faster rate than the national average of 31 percent.  As Indiana’s population ages, more people will be needed to provide basic medical care.  Through 2018, there should be a growth rate in the career field of 34 percent, which translates into 440 open positions annually.

CMA Salaries in Indiana

Location Pay
Period

2011

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States Hourly

$10.04

$11.86

$13.99

$16.87

$19.62

Yearly

$20,900

$24,700

$29,100

$35,100

$40,800

Indiana Hourly

$9.93

$11.64

$13.39

$15.50

$17.71

Yearly

$20,700

$24,200

$27,900

$32,200

$36,800

(Also from Career One Stop)

A beginning medical assistant, who does not have any experience, can expect to make between $9.93 and $13.39 an hour.  This wage can quickly increase, however, as the medical assistant gains experience and becomes certified with the AAMA or another agency.  In some parts of Indiana, experienced CMAs earned nearly $18.00 an hour.  These numbers are below the national averages, but they are still respectable salaries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics arranges this data differently.  Its site shows CMA salary by city.  Here are some of the cities the BLS has data for (annual salary / hourly salary)

  • Muncie, IN: $26,260 / $12.63
  • Indianapolis, IN: $29,910 / $14.38
  • Bloomington, IN: $27,060 / $13.01
  • Fort Wayne, IN: $27,010 / $12.99

Transferring Information and Recertification

CMAs, who are certified with the AAMA, can easily transfer their credentials between states.  The process is described on the AAMA’s transfer page.

The AAMA requires recertification every five years.  The easiest way to begin this process is through one’s local AAMA chapter (next section).

AAMA Chapters in Indiana

The state association can be found online, and there are several local AAMA chapters in Indiana.

  • East Central District
  • First District
  • St. Joseph District
  • Southeast District
  • Twelfth District
  • West Central District

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