Nebraska Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in Nebraska keep healthcare facilities in the state running smoothly.  They are employed under the authority of another medical professional, under whose oversight they can perform basic clinical tasks.  Medical assistants also take care of administrative tasks.

Clinical Tasks:

  • Setting up equipment
  • Drawing blood for testing
  • Measuring vital signs

Administrative Tasks:

  • Calling prescriptions into pharmacies
  • Filing patients’ charts
  • Scheduling appointments

Certified Medical Assistants in Nebraska

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Medical assistants do not need to be certified to work in Nebraska, but it is much easier to find employment if one is certified.  There are four bodies that certify medical assistants throughout the U.S.

Below are the steps for certification with the AAMA.

1.  A Course

Medical assistants begin the certification process by enrolling in a CMA course.  For those pursuing certification with the AAMA, the course must be certified by the Commission on Accredidtation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  CAAHEP courses are offered throughout Nebraska.

2.  A Scholarship

Students do not need to apply for the Maxine Williams Scholarship, but most medical assistant students are welcome to apply.  The fund will only consider students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who have completed 25 percent of their coursework.  To apply for the $1,000 scholarship, students should email the AAMA.

3.  A Test Application

The AAMA’s test application is on their website.  It can take up to 30 days to receive an initial response (which is merely a confirmation they received the application) from them, so students should send the application in as soon as possible.  The agency often does not notify students of their approval for 20 days after the application has been approved.

4.  A Test Center

There are several testing locations in Nebraska.  Once they have received a testing permit, students should schedule a time to take the exam at one of these locations.

5.  Several Practice Tests

The best way to study for the test is by taking practice exams.  These are available at some testing centers, through training programs and through local AAMA chapters (listed below).

6.  The Test

Students must bring their test permit to the test center on the day of the exam.  Those who pass the exam are certified as medical assistants, and they will be listed on the CMA Status Page as such.

Career Outlook

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2010

2020

Medical Assistants

527,600

690,400

+31%

24,380

Nebraska

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2008

2018

Medical Assistants

3,470

4,450

+28%

140

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

(Thanks to: CareerInfoNet.org)

The medical assistant career field is growing rapidly, due in part to the aging baby boomer generation.  Between 2008 and 2018, there will be about 1,000 new jobs for CMAs in Nebraska.  When turnover is factored in, the result is in 140 openings annually.

Salary Information

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

Nebraska Hourly

$9.96

$11.59

$13.49

$15.84

$17.87

Yearly

$20,700

$24,100

$28,100

$32,900

$37,200

(Thanks to: CareerInfoNet.org)

The average wage for a CMA in Nebraska is just slightly less than the median wage of a CMA in the United States.  When compared to Nebraska’s cost of living, the salary of a CMA in the state can be very attractive.  Half of the CMAs in Nebraska earned more than $28,000 in 2011.

The following numbers come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This is what CMAs earned in several cities during 2011.

  • Lincoln, NE: $30,060 (yr.) / $14.45 (hr.)
  • Omaha, NE: $29,760 / $14.31
  • Western Nebraska (nonmetropolitan): $24,720 / $11.88

Transfer Information and Recertification Details

60 months after being certified, CMAs must be recertified.  The steps for recertification are detailed here.

Since the AAMA is a national organization, it can handle interstate transfers.  To begin a transfer, people should contact their AAMA chapter (below).

Local AAMA Chapters in Nebraska

  • Grand Island
  • Great Plains
  • Hastings Area
  • Lincoln
  • Omaha

The state association also has a website.

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