Nevada Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in Nevada work clinically under the supervision of a physician or nurse.  Medical assistants are also often responsible for many administrative aspects of running a healthcare facility.  The following is only a sample of what medical assistants do, while caring for patients.

  • Updating records
  • Collecting blood
  • Billing patients
  • Cleaning instruments
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Handing out sample medications

Certified Medical Assistants in Nevada

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Technically, medical assistants do not need to be certified.  In reality, however, it can be very difficult to find a job as a medical assistant without certification from one of the associations below.

The AAMA is one of the most respected associations.  Here is how people can become certified through them.

First:  Go to School

Medical assistants must begin the certification process by taking a short course.  CMA courses do not have a uniform length or tuition, so students should compare several programs.  They should only settle on a program if it is accredited by the CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).

Second:  Maxine William Scholarship

The AAMA offers a national $1,000 scholarship.  The Maxine Williams Scholarship is given to a student who has excelled academically in a CMA course and can demonstrate financial need.  The deadline for applications is February 15.

Third:  Submit the AAMA Application

The AAMA application is located on the association’s website.  This is how students apply for the test.  They should expect an initial response from the AAMA within a month of sending the application in, but final approval can take even longer.  Students are notified by email 20 days after their application is approved.

Fourth: Select a Center for the Test

Even if one takes their CMA course online, the test cannot be taken online.  Students must go to one of the medical assistant testing sites in Nevada to take the exam.  They should call nearby facilities to set up a time for the test.

Fifth:  Take Practice Tests

The best way to prepare for the real test is by taking several mock ones.  Training facilities should have several old tests students can use.

Sixth:  Take the Real Test

Students must bring their test permit (which is enclosed in the approval email) on the day of the exam.  Once the exam is over, applicant who passed are certified medical assistants.  There is a list of all CMAs online.

Career Forecast

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2010

2020

Medical Assistants

527,600

690,400

+31%

24,380

Nevada

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2008

2018

Medical Assistants

4,540

6,130

+35%

240

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

(Tribute: CareerInfoNet.org)

The need for CMAs across the United States is growing rapidly, but it is increasing even faster in Nevada.  Medical assistants are needed to care for the aging Baby-Boomer generation, some of whom are moving to Las Vegas, NV.  Each year, there are nearly 250 open jobs for CMAs in the state, and by 2018, there will be more than 6,000 medical assistants working in Nevada.

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

Nevada Hourly

$11.59

$12.65

$14.28

$16.88

$19.03

Yearly

$24,100

$26,300

$29,700

$35,100

$39,600

(Tribute: CareerInfoNet.org)

The jobs being added to Nevada’s economy pay well.  Most CMAs in Nevada earn more than $12.00 an hour, and some make as much as $40,000 in a year.  Here is what CMAs made in some of Nevada’s cities during 2011.  (City data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • Las Vegas, NV: $30,310(yr.) / $14.57(hr.)
  • Reno, NV: $33,410 / $16.06
  • Western Nevada (nonmetropolitan): $33,340 / $16.04
  • Other Areas (nonmetropolitan):  $28,450 / $13.68

How to Transfer Credentials and Recertify

The transfer process for CMAs is handled by the AAMA’s national offices.  Any CMAs considering a transfer should begin by emailing or calling the AAMA.

Recertification requirements are also determined by the AAMA.  They require recertification 60 months after one’s last certification.  Anyone who is approaching this mark should visit the recertification page.

Local AAMA Chapters in Nevada

There are no local AAMA chapters in Nevada.  CMAs can either contact the state organization or the national offices.

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