Wyoming Medical Assistant Guide

Career Description

As multi-skilled employees, medical assistants in Wyoming perform a variety of duties in medical settings.  By delegating tasks to medical assistants, doctors, podiatrists and nurses are able to free up their time, so they can provide professional medical care to patients.  Medical assistants take care of routine responsibilities:

  • Managing an office’s phones
  • Filing insurance forms
  • Conducting medical history interviews
  • Drawing blood for laboratory tests
  • Administering injections
  • Preparing patients for examinations

Certified Medical Assistants in Wyoming

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Medical assistants do not need to be certified before they start working in Wyoming.  Certification, however, can help people land the job they want.  It is a mark of distinction.  There are four agencies people should consider being certified by.

Below are the steps that will help people become certified with the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants).

1.  Classroom Education

There are schools that meet the AAMA’s requirements in nearly every Wyoming city.  Programs at these schools vary, although they all adequately train CMAs, so students should carefully compare schools.  Most of all, the school must be AAMA-approved.

After one semester, students who earned at least a “B” overall can apply for the Maxine Williams Scholarship.  This is a national award worth $1,000.  It is given by the AAMA to a student who has maintained academic excellence and could use financial assistance.

2.  Test Application

Within 30 days of receiving an application, the AAMA replies with an update on its status.  (Applications can be downloaded from this page).  They notify approved applicants three weeks after the applicants are approved.  This notification comes as an email.

3.  Test Center

Once students receive their CMA test permit, which is in the approval email, they have three months to take the CMA exam.  This permit is required to schedule the exam at an approved center, and it will be needed when the exam is actually taken.

4.  Preparation

There are many study materials available online or through one’s instructor.  These, in conjunction with class notes, can help people prepare for the test.

5. The Test

After passing the exam, students are certified medical assistants with the AAMA.  The CMA Status Page will reflect this.

Wyoming CMAs: Employment

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2010

2020

Medical Assistants

527,600

690,400

+31%

24,380

Wyoming

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2008

2018

Medical Assistants

480

640

+33%

20

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

(CareerInfoNet.org)

There are only a few hundred CMAs in Wyoming, but this field is growing rapidly.  As the population of Wyoming (read: “Baby Boomers”) ages, people will be needed to care for their basic needs.  This is largely why the medical career field is growing.

Wyoming 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

Wyoming Hourly

$10.51

$12.01

$13.85

$16.26

$17.96

Yearly

$21,900

$25,000

$28,800

$33,800

$37,400

(CareerInfoNet.org)

Most CMAs in Wyoming earn between $25,000 and $34,000.  With a little overtime work, certification and experience, $40,000 a year is not out of reach.  This is a solid wage for a career that does not require an expensive four-year degree.

Here are some city-specific salaries of CMAs in Wyoming:

  • Casper, WY: $32,620 (yr.) / $15.68 (hr.)
  • Southwestern Wyoming: $30,190 / $14.52
  • Northeastern Wyoming: $32,040 / $15.40

Recertifying and Transferring

The AAMA’s policies state that CMAs’ certifications are good for five years.  At the end of this period, they must be recertified.  CMAs can either pursue recertification through CEU credits, which the AAMA offers on its CEU Page, or they can retake the certification exam.

Anyone who needs to transfer their certification to another state should contact the AAMA, since they maintain an online list of CMAs.  This process requires only some administrative work; CMAs can transfer to any state without being recertified in the new state.

Local AAMA Chapters in Wyoming

Wyoming is void of any CMA chapters.

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