New Mexico Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in New Mexico are employed by doctors, and they at times work under nurses.  They care for patients by performing clinical tasks.  Medical assistants also assume administrative roles, in most settings.  A medical assistant’s specific responsibilities often include:

  • Administering medications
  • Drawing blood
  • Checking vital signs
  • Calling insurance companies
  • Schedule future appointments
  • Contacting pharmacies

Certified Medical Assistants in New Mexico

Matching School Ads

Get hands-on training with Brookline College. We offer diploma and degree programs in the areas of health care, business, nursing, criminal justice, paralegal, and computer security. We understand that today's student is busy with many responsibilities, so we offer day, evening, and online classes, giving you options to fit school into your schedule.

Programs:

  • Diploma - Medical Assistant
  • Diploma - Medical Insurance Billing & Coding
Locations: Albuquerque
Get hands-on training with Vista College. We offer certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs in a wide variety of fields at our campuses in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Amarillo, Beaumont, El Paso, Lubbock, Longview, and Killeen, Texas.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
Locations: Las Cruces

WELCOME TO KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

Online Education That Fits Your Life

For 80 years, we’ve been preparing students for career success. We’ve led the wayso that our students can too.

Globally Renowned Purdue to Acquire Kaplan University

Purdue University, one of the nation's most respected universities, will acquire Kaplan University and create a new, nonprofit, public institution within the Purdue system. Pending regulatory approvals, this exciting transition is expected to take place later this year. This change will be seamless—during the transition, you will still be able to enroll at Kaplan University, earn a high-quality education, and meet your educational and career goals.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting
  • BS in Health and Wellness
  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing

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:

  • Diploma - Medical Administrative Assistant
  • A.S. - Medical Billing & Coding
  • Diploma - Medical Billing & Coding
  • And more...

Your success is our priority. For more than 40 years, we have dedicated ourselves to healthcare education because we want you to become the best healthcare professional possible. Our instructors and staff are dedicated to providing you with the in-demand, hands-on education employers expect so that you may thrive in your profession. Pima Medical Institute started changing lives in 1972 when Richard Luebke Sr. and his wife, JoAnn, brought to life their dream of providing students with a quality medical career education.

Programs:

  • Certificate - Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Certificate - Dental Assistant
  • Certificate - Veterinary Assistant
Locations: Albuquerque
  • Looking for an Online Healthcare Degree Program That May Improve Your Career Options?
  • EarnMyDegree.com Can Help You Match Your Educational Goals With Your Desired Career.
  • Whether You Are Looking to Earn a Degree Online, or Study at a Nearby Campus, This Is The Place to Connect With a College That May Be Ideal for You.
  • Browse Through Our List Of Online Colleges and Traditional Schools to Determine Potential Places to Earn a Degree NOW!

Programs:

    • Why Earn Your Degree from GCU?
    • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more!
    • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both!
    • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
    • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
    • Quality: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is regionally accredited. Learn more today!

    Programs:

      You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

      At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

      Programs:

        • Online and campus-based bachelor’s and master’s programs available in Healthcare Management
        • Experienced faculty keeps students up to date on topics like patient privacy, HIPAA laws, and insurance and billing issue
        • Students explore important concepts, such as finance, community relations, and human resource management

        Programs:

          There are several agencies in the U.S. that certify medical assistants.

          It should be noted that certification is not required, but it gives people a competitive edge in the marketplace.

          People who are beginning to pursue a medical assistant career should become certified, preferably with the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).  Here is how they can do just that.

          First:  Enroll in a Course

          The certification process begins with a course in CMA training.  Programs are offered by different schools, so the cost of enrollment will vary.  Any AAMA-approved course will be accredited by the CAAHEP.

          Optional:  The AAMA’s Scholarship

          The Maxine Williams Scholarship, which is awarded annually, is a $1,000 grant for students in an AAMA-approved program.  Students who have maintained at least a “B” average during the first quarter of their course will be considered, if they apply by emailing the AAMA.

          Second:  Test Application

          There is a PDF of the test application online, which should be sent in well before one wants to actually take the exam.  The AAMA sends a confirmation notice, which states that they received the application, within a month, but an approval email can come much later.  (The approval email is sent about three weeks after an applicant has been approved).

          Third:  Test Center

          CMA exams are only proctored at approved test centers, but these are located throughout New Mexico.  People have three months after they have been approved to find a test and schedule a time for the exam.

          Fourth:  Practice Tests

          Going through practice exams, which can be found at training centers, is the best way to prepare for the CMA exam.

          Fifth:  The Test

          The only thing left is to pass the CMA exam.  Everyone who passes is certified by the AAMA, which keeps an updated list of CMAs on the Employer Verification Section of their website.

          New Mexico’s CMA Employment Forecast

          United States

          Employment

          Percent
          Change

          Job Openings 1

          2010

          2020

          Medical Assistants

          527,600

          690,400

          +31%

          24,380

          New Mexico

          Employment

          Percent
          Change

          Job Openings 1

          2008

          2018

          Medical Assistants

          3,600

          4,750

          +32%

          150

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

          (CareerInfoNet.org)

          Every year, there are about 150 job openings for CMAs in New Mexico.  Few career fields are expanding as fast as the 32 percent increase for medical assistants in New Mexico.

          New Mexico’s CMA Salaries

          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 Mexico Hourly

          $9.94

          $11.28

          $13.11

          $15.11

          $17.41

          Yearly

          $20,700

          $23,500

          $27,300

          $31,400

          $36,200

          (CareerInfoNet.org)

          Although CMAs in New Mexico make a little less than medical assistants in some other states, they are able to earn a decent living in New Mexico.  Most CMAs made more than $27,000 in 2011.  The Bureau of Labor Statics presents this information with respect to cities.  The following is what CMAs made in several different parts of New Mexico during 2011.

          • Santé Fe, NM: $32,510 (yr.) / $15.63 (hr.)
          • Albuquerque, NM:  $27.720 / $13.33
          • Las Cruces, NM: $25,740 / $12.37
          • Farmington, NM:  $26,550 / $12.77

          Recertification Information and Transfer Information

          The AAMA oversees both CMA recertifications and transfers.  Recertification information is available on their website.  People will have to contact the state society (below) for transfer information.

          Local AAMA Chapters in New Mexico

          There are no AAMA chapters in New Mexico, so people should direct their questions to the state organization, the New Mexico Society of Medical Assistants (NMSMA).

          Sources: