Vermont Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

Medical assistants in Vermont take care of administrative and routine clinical duties, so that physicians, nurses, chiropractors and podiatrists can work efficiently.  Medical assistants:

  • Bill patients
  • Handle insurance information
  • Update records
  • Administer injections
  • Give sample medications to patients
  • Monitor blood pressure, pulse and other vital signs

These are merely a sample to the tasks medical assistants handle.

Certified Medical Assistants in Vermont

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Quick Fact
In 2017, workers with a bachelor's degree or higher had almost twice as much
median earnings per week than workers with only a high school diploma*.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Medical assistants have the option to pursue certification, but it is not required.  Certified medical assistants (CMAs), however, are more likely to land the job they want than uncertified medical assistants.  The organizations that certify medical assistants are:

Being certified with the AAMA is a five-step process.

First Step:  Training

There are several CMA training programs in Vermont, as well as its neighboring states.  These schools are all accredited by the CAAHEP, but their programs vary in length.  Tuition also differs at these schools. So students should look at several different programs, before selecting the right one for their situation.

Students who have excelled academically during the beginning of their CMA curriculum should consider applying for the Maxine Williams Scholarship.  The recipient of this award is given $1,000 and a yearlong membership to the AAMA.

Second Step:  Applying

Applicants can only take the CMA test once they have been approved by the AAMA.  To apply, students can send this form into the AAMA.  They should expect a status update in a month, and the final verdict is sent 20 days following approval.

The approval notification comes by email, and it will contain an important permit.  The permit gives students three months to schedule and pass the exam.  It will be needed on the day of the test.

Third Step:  Scheduling

One cannot simply walk into a nearby testing center and take the CMA certification test.  Rather, it must be scheduled.  There are many places in Vermont that offer this test on a regular basis.

Fourth Step:  Studying

Instructors should be able to help students select the best study materials, but they cannot study for their students.

Fifth Step: Passing

Applicants who pass the CMA exam will quickly be listed as one of the AAMA’s CMAs on the association’s Verification Page.  This will help students who are looking for work as a CMA in Vermont.

Vermont CMAs: Employment

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2010

2020

Medical Assistants

527,600

690,400

+31%

24,380

Vermont

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2008

2018

Medical Assistants

700

860

+23%

20

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

(CareerInfoNet.org)

The medical assistant profession is among the fastest growing career fields in the United States.  Although 20 annual job openings might seem like a small number, it is significant in a state the size of Vermont.  Moreover, many of the new jobs for CMAs that are being created pay a decent wage.

Vermont 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

Vermont Hourly

$12.14

$13.15

$14.91

$17.96

$21.18

Yearly

$25,300

$27,400

$31,000

$37,400

$44,100

(CareerInfoNet.org)

Vermont’s CMAs earn much more than their counterparts in other states.  Working full time in Vermont, CMAs earn at least $25,000.  Most of them made more than $30,000 in 2011 and some over $44,000.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks these wages down by the average salary for a CMA in different parts of Vermont.

  • Burlington, VT: $30,880 (yr.) / $14.84 (hr.)
  • Southern Vermont: $35,080 / $16.86
  • Northern Vermont: $34,350 / $16.52

Transfers and Recertifications

CMAs go through a recertification process, which is explained by the AAMA, in 60-month intervals.  Recertification involves taking an exam and continuing education units.

Transfers are handled by the central offices of the AAMA.  Anyone moving from one state to another should contact the association about transferring.

Local AAMA Chapters in Vermont

Vermont does not have any AAMA chapters, so CMAs should contact the AAMA’s national offices with any inquiries.

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