Ohio Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in Ohio work under the supervision of either a doctor of nurse.  Clinical tasks, as well as administrative ones, are delegated to them.  A sample of the duties that medical assistants can perform includes:

  • Administering some injections
  • Reading blood pressures and pulses
  • Scheduling patients’ appointments
  • Conducting medical history interviews
  • Billing patients
  • Other clerical duties

Certified Medical Assistants in Ohio

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One does not need certification to work as a medical assistant in Ohio; however, few employers will hire an assistant that does not have formal training and certification.  There are generally four recognized organizations of medical assistants (or similar positions), but the AAMA is the most respected..

Certification with the AAMA requires five steps.

Step One:  Coursework

CMAs must complete a course the AAMA has approved.  All AAMA-sanctioned courses are CAAHEP-accredited, so students should ask program administrators if their CMA training is accredited by the CAAHEP.  Since these programs are only accredited, not run, by the CAAHEP, their tuition and length can vary.

Optional Scholarship

There is a scholarship that medical assistant students who are enrolled in an approved course can apply for.  The Maxine Williams Scholarship comes with a $1,000 grant and membership to the AAMA.

Step Two:  Apply

The application for the CMA test should be mailed to the AAMA well before the desired test date.  It can take the AAMA up to a month to acknowledge applications, and students often wait for three weeks after their approval to receive a test permit from the association.

Step Three:  Center Selection

Since the AAMA sets the exam fee, people do not need to compare exam centers as closely as they do training centers.  There are exam centers throughout Ohio.  Applicants can call their nearest one to set up an exam time.

Step Four:  Studying

The best applicants will continue to study, up until the day of their test.  Ohio has many AAMA chapters (see final section) that can help students prepare, as can instructors at schools.

Step Five:  Passing

The culmination if this process is passing the AAMA’s certification exam.  Once people pass, they become CMAs.  The AAMA maintains a list of active CMAs online.

Ohio CMAs: Careers

(The following data is from CareerInfoNet.org)

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2010

2020

Medical Assistants

527,600

690,400

+31%

24,380

Ohio

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2008

2018

Medical Assistants

22,040

28,470

+29%

890

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

The medical assistant career path is increasing rapidly in Ohio, as it is across the United States.  Between 2008 and 2018, Ohio will add more than 6,000 CMA jobs to its economy.  With nearly 900 openings annually (including turnover), this is a promising field.

Ohio 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

Ohio Hourly

$9.82

$11.20

$13.05

$14.93

$17.44

Yearly

$20,400

$23,300

$27,100

$31,100

$36,300

CMAs in Ohio earn a little less than CMAs in other states, but their salaries are still enough to provide a living.  Certification can help CMAs quickly break the $10.00/hr. mark, and most make more than $11.00/hr.

Knowing what CMAs earn on average in different cities can also be helpful (2011 median wages from the BLS):

  • Columbus, OH: $28,620 (yr.) / $13.76 (hr.)
  • Akron, OH: $26,770 / $12,78
  • Cincinnati, OH: $29,180 / $14.03
  • Toledo, OH: $30,450 / $14.64

Transferring with the AAMA and Recertifying

Both transferring and recertification with the AAMA is handled by the national headquarters, but local chapters (final section) can be a great resource during these processes.  To transfer, people should contact either their local chapter or email the AAMA.  Recertification, which is required five years after initial certification, is detailed on this page.

Local AAMA Chapters in Ohio

The Ohio State Society of Medical Assistant’s website is http://www.ossma.org/.

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