New Hampshire Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in New Hampshire keep doctors’ offices, as well as other healthcare facilities, running efficiently.  They assist doctors by taking care of basic clinical responsibilities and many administrative tasks.  The following list is not comprehensive, but it gives people an idea for what medical assistants do every day.  They:

  • Draw blood for lab tests
  • Give injections
  • Hand communications with other offices
  • Transfer prescription information to pharmacies
  • Answer patients’ questions
  • Record patients’ vitals

Certified Medical Assistants in New Hampshire

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                  Medical assistants can do any of the above tasks without being certified, although they need to be properly trained.  Certified medical assistants, however, have an advantage over their non-certified peers in the job market.  There are several agencies that certify medical technicians in New Hampshire.

                  Of these four, most employers prefer medical assistants certified by either the AMT or AAMA.  Below is how people can become CMAs with the AAMA, but the AMT has a very similar process.

                  Step One:  Go to Class

                  The certification process begins with a CMA class.  Acceptable courses are taught at schools all over New Hampshire.  As long as a school is accredited by the CAAHEP (Commission of Accreditation for Allied Health Educational Programs), it meets the AAMA’s requirements.

                  Step Two:  An Optional Scholarship

                  Students who win the AAMA’s $1,000 Maxine Williams Scholarship can greatly reduce their cost of training.  This scholarship is awarded every spring to aspiring CMAs.  To apply, people should visit the scholarship’s page and email the AAMA.

                  Step Three:  Apply to the AAMA

                  When people send in the AAMA application, they are applying to take the test for certification.  Applicants usually receive an initial response within 30 days, although they may not be approved for several more weeks.  An approval email is sent 20 days after they are approved.

                  Step Four:  Call a Test Center

                  Many training schools double as CMA test centers in New Hampshire.  As soon as they receive the approval email, which contains a test permit, students can schedule the CMA test.  They have to do this within 90 days of being approved.

                  Step Five:  Go Through Old Tests

                  Training programs should have either old or practice exams available for students.  These can be a very useful resource when studying.

                  Step Six:  Pass the Test

                  People who pass the test are identified as CMAs and will be listed among the CMAs on the AAMA’s website.

                  CMA Career Outlook in New Hampshire

                  United States

                  Employment

                  Percent
                  Change

                  Job Openings 1

                  2010

                  2020

                  Medical Assistants

                  527,600

                  690,400

                  +31%

                  24,380

                  New Hampshire

                  Employment

                  Percent
                  Change

                  Job Openings 1

                  2008

                  2018

                  Medical Assistants

                  1,340

                  1,810

                  +36%

                  60

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

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                  New Hampshire has one of the fastest growing needs for medical assistants.  Few careers are currently expanding at a rate of 36 percent, which results in 60 jobs each year.  As long as the state’s population continues to age, this growth rate will remain stable.

                  CMA Salary Information in New Hampshire

                  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

                  New Hampshire Hourly

                  $12.09

                  $13.10

                  $14.83

                  $17.01

                  $18.33

                  Yearly

                  $25,100

                  $27,200

                  $30,800

                  $35,400

                  $38,100

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                  Most CMAs in New Hampshire earn between $13.00 and $17.00 an hour.  This range is much narrower than the national trend.  In comparison to the national averages, CMAs on the upper end of the pay scale earn slightly less in New Hampshire.  Those on the lower end, however, earn about $2.00/hr. more than their peers in other states.  In New Hampshire, CMAs can earn a decent living as soon as they begin working.

                  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has salary data for CMAs by city.  Here is what CMAs in different parts of New Hampshire earned during 2011.

                  • Rochester, NH: $31,740 (yr.) / $15.26 (hr.)
                  • Western New Hampshire: $32,180 / $15.47
                  • Manchester, NH: $32,030 / $15.40
                  • Nashua, NH: $31,240 / $15.02

                  How to Transfer Credentials or Recertify

                  Both transferring CMA credentials and recertifying are handled by the AAMA.  To transfer, people should contact the state agency or national headquarters.  Recertification information is available here.

                  Local AAMA Chapters in Nevada

                  There are no local AAMA chapters in Nevada, but the state organization has a website.

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