North Carolina Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in North Carolina act as a liaison between physicians and patients.  They take care of many administrative duties and often are given some clinical responsibilities.  Here are some of the ways medical assistants go between doctors and patients.

  • They draw blood for lab tests
  • They welcome patients
  • They call prescriptions into pharmacies
  • They update medical records
  • They document medical histories
  • They file insurance claims

Certified Medical Assistants in North Carolina

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      Many medical assistants are currently working in North Carolina without certification, because it is not required.  Certified medical assistants (CMAs), however, are able to land the best jobs in the industry and are more likely to receive a raise.  There are several agencies that help medical assistants advance in their field through certification.

      People who are being certified for the first time should pursue it through either the AMT or AAMA, which are the two strongest organizations.  Here is how to become certified with the AAMA.  The AMT follows a similar track.

      1.  Coursework

      All AAMA applicants must attend a CAAHEP-recognized course.  If a curriculum has not been accredited by the CAAHEP, then the AAMA will not accept it.  There are many courses that qualify, though, and they can be found at local schools throughout North Carolina.

      Optional Scholarship

      Students who would like to apply for a scholarship from the Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund can do so by emailing the AAMA.  They should include:

      • Their name
      • Their accreditation code
      • Their school’s name and location

      2.  Apply

      Students must apply to the AAMA, before they will be permitted to sit for the exam.  Once the AAMA receives an application, they respond within a month.  This initial response is nothing more than acknowledgement of the application, however.  Students learn of their approved application during the 20 days following their approval.

      3.  Center for Testing

      Centers that administer CMA tests for the AAMA are located throughout North Carolina.  Applicants who have received their test permit from the AAMA have 90 days to schedule the test at one of these centers.

      4.  Practice

      Going over practice exams with a partner is an excellent way to prepare for the CMA test.  Review materials can often be obtained through a chapter of the AAMA (listed below) or one’s training facility.

      5.  Pass

      Once the administrative aspects of applying are finished, students simply need to pass the CMA exam.  They will be asked for the test permit on the day of the exam.  Those who have it and pass the test will be identified as CMAs on the association’s Page of CMAs.

      North Carolina CMAs: Career Outlook

      (The following two charts are from CareerInfoNet.org)

      United States

      Employment

      Percent
      Change

      Job Openings 1

      2010

      2020

      Medical Assistants

      527,600

      690,400

      +31%

      24,380

      North Carolina

      Employment

      Percent
      Change

      Job Openings 1

      2008

      2018

      Medical Assistants

      10,080

      13,870

      +38%

      490

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

      Across the country, medical assistants are in a growing field.  This career is expanding especially fast in North Carolina, partly because retiring Baby Boomers are moving to the state and need basic medical care.

      Every year, there are about 500 open positions for medical assistants in North Carolina.  In total, there will be almost 4,000 jobs added between 2008 and 2018.  This is an easy career to being working in, because it is growing so rapidly.

      North Carolina CMAs: 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

      North Carolina Hourly

      $10.27

      $11.99

      $13.71

      $16.04

      $17.95

      Yearly

      $21,400

      $24,900

      $28,500

      $33,400

      $37,300

      Not only are there many opportunities for work as a CMA in North Carolina, but these are all decent paying jobs.  Across the state, nearly all CMAs earned more than $10.00/hr., and most made more than $25,000 in 2011.  Here is the median wages by city for CMAs (thanks to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

      • Raleigh, NC: $31,150 (yr.) / $14.98 (hr.)
      • Wilmington, NC: $29,860 / $14.35
      • Greenville, NC: $26,570 / $12.78
      • Burlington, NC: $29,880 / $14.36

      Recertifying or Transferring

      Every 60 months, CMAs must go through a recertification process.  Information about recertification is available on the AAMA’s website.  Some continuing education units (CEUs) are typically required.  The North Carolina State Society of Medical Assistants (NCSSMA) offers one credit that can be completed online for $10.00 or $15.00.

      Although national offices handle transfers, most CMAs begin the process by talking to their AAMA chapter, of which there are many in North Carolina (see below).

      Local AAMA Chapters in North Carolina

      • Alamance County
      • Albemarle Area
      • Ashe
      • Buncombe County
      • Burke County
      • Cabarrus County
      • Catawba
      • Central Carolina
      • Charlotte
      • Craven County
      • Forsyth-Stokes-Davie
      • Gaston County
      • Greensboro
      • Haywood County
      • High Point
      • Iredell County
      • Lee-Moore County
      • Lenoir County
      • Lexington
      • Mayland
      • Nash County
      • Pitt County
      • Surry County
      • Union County
      • Wayne County
      • Wilkes County
      • Wilmington

      NCSSMA also maintains a website and a FaceBook page.

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