Oklahoma Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in Oklahoma work under either a physician or a nurse.  Assistants perform delegated tasks, which can be either clinical or clerical in nature.  Some of the responsibilities medical assistants are often entrusted with include:

  • Reviewing aftercare instructions
  • Answering questions (as they are able to)
  • Reading pulses and blood pressures
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Readying patients for physical exams
  • Assisting during physical exams

Certified Medical Assistants in Oklahoma

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            One can work in Oklahoma as a medical assistant without being certified, technically speaking.  Finding employment without certification, however, can be rather difficult.  Employers prefer certified medical assistants over uncertified ones, because certification is proof of training.  Four agencies train medical assistants, although they grant slightly different titles.

            All of these titles are recognized in Oklahoma, but certified medical assistants (CMAs) are the most highly regarded.  The AAMA’s process for certification is as follows.

            One:  Coursework

            The process begins with enrolling in a course that has been accredited by the CAAHEP.  CAAHEP stands for the long name of an accrediting body that works in conjunction with the AAMA.  As long as a course is CAAHEP-accredited and teaches CMA curriculum, it will be accepted by the AAMA.

            Scholarship (Optional)

            The Maxine Williams Scholarship is offered to medical assistants across the country.  Its $1,000 grant is given to a CMA student who has excelled academically and needs financial assistance.

            Two:  Apply

            Students apply to take the medical assistant test by submitting this form to the AAMA, along with any necessary payment.  Those who have not received a response within 30 days should contact the AAMA.  This response is not a final verdict, though.  That comes 20 days following approval.

            Three:  Center for Testing

            Oklahoma’s cities have several centers where people can take the medical assistant test.  Students should schedule a test time with one near them.

            Four:  Studying

            As the test nears, studying is ever so important.  The best way to secure training materials is through a local instructor.

            Five:  Permit and Passing

            When applicants are approved to test, they are sent a permit.  This will be required at the test center.  After going through the formalities of this permit and passing the exam, applicants can finally write “CMA” on their resumes.  Employers can always verify one’s standing with the AAMA through the Verification Page.

            Oklahoma CMAs: Job Outlook

            (The following data is from Career One Stop)

            United States

            Employment

            Percent
            Change

            Job Openings 1

            2010

            2020

            Medical Assistants

            527,600

            690,400

            +31%

            24,380

            Oklahoma

            Employment

            Percent
            Change

            Job Openings 1

            2008

            2018

            Medical Assistants

            5,980

            7,390

            +24%

            210

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

            Every year, there are more than 200 employers seeking medical assistants in Ohio.  This is an exciting field to enter as an employee, because it is rapidly growing.  By 2018, there will be over 7,000 medical assistants working in Ohio.

            Oklahoma 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

            Oklahoma Hourly

            $9.16

            $10.23

            $11.83

            $14.24

            $17.12

            Yearly

            $19,100

            $21,300

            $24,600

            $29,600

            $35,600

            Although Oklahoma CMAs are paid less than the national average, people can earn a living in the state by working as a medical assistant.  Even the lowest-paid assistants earn much more than minimum wage.  Certification can help people earn raises and land better-paying jobs.

            Seeing what medical assistants earn in various locations can also help people decide whether to pursue certification.  These figures are the median incomes for CMAs during 2011

            • Oklahoma City, OK: $25,100 (yr.) / $12.07 (hr.)
            • Tulsa, OK: $28,530 / $13.81
            • Lawton, OK: $23,150 / $11.13
            • Northwestern Oklahoma: $22,890 / $11.00

            AAMA Recertification and CMA Transfers

            Both recertification and transfers are handled by the AAMA’s national offices.  The association requires recertification 60 months following one’s previous certification.  CMAs can learn how to recertify here.  Those moving to another state should contact the AAMA about transferring their certification.

            Local AAMA Chapters in Oklahoma

            Oklahoma does not have and AAMA chapters, so CMAs should contact the AAMA directly.

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