AAMA Releases New Pediatrics Program

  • Medical Assistant
  • March 11, 2024
  • 3 min read
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When it comes to medical care, parents always want the best for their children. In order to expand the pediatric knowledge of medical assistants, and increase their employability in the areas of pediatric, the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) has launched the Assessment-Based Certificate in Pediatrics (ABC-P) program as an extension of The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) qualification.

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What Is The CMA?

The Certified Medical Assistant credential, often shortened to CMA, is a qualification offered through the Certifying Board (CB) of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

The CB and its CMA (AAMA) Certification Program are the only medical assisting certifying body and certification program (respectively) that hold accreditation under both International Standard ISO/IEC 17024 and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The National Board of Medical Examiners constructs and administers the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam.

While not all states require a medical assistant to be certified, you do not have to be certified to practice as a medical assistant in Nevada, for instance, getting certified can be helpful in both finding a job and progressing in your career.

Potential employers place greater value on those with the CMA, as is evidenced by the fact that, every day, the AAMA responds to more than 100 employer requests for CMA (AAMA) certification verification for both current and potential employees.

Here at Northwest, we are proud of the fact that our students have an 88% national exam pass rate.

What Will The ABC-P Add?

The ABC-P is designed to expand and advance the health care professionals’ knowledge and understanding of important aspects of, and medical assistants’ role within, pediatric care, As such it will contain the following four courses and a final exam:

  • Course 1: Well-Child Care
  • Course 2: Newborn Care
  • Course 3: Common Childhood Illnesses, Conditions, and Injuries
  • Course 4: Psychological Aspects of Pediatric Care

For those who already have the CMA, they will be able to take the ABC-P for a total of 16 continuing education units (CEUs) toward recertifying their credentials.

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Corey Del Pino
Dean Of Clinical Programs

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Corey Del Pino attended Northern Arizona University after high school and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a Chemistry Minor in 2012. After attending Mohave Community College and earning her Medical…Read Full Bio