The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) recently published an overview of their standards for examination and developing curriculum for certified medical assistants. The AAMA is the only medical assisting organization that requires a postsecondary medical assisting program, and their high level of quality is the industry standard for medical assistant certification.
While in developing a curriculum, it is important to put together materials that will fill in gaps in its participants knowledge base. It makes sense that knowledge like this would help to provide a safe and effective environment for medical assistants to practice in.
However, the AAMA, when reviewing its testing process, has come up with a set of standards that will help to enhance the quality of information presented in their curriculum. This is primarily because the test content is the primary indicator of whether or not someone is ready and prepared to receive full credentialing. Having appropriate and up to date test materials then is the most important part of making sure that the certification process continues to produce outstanding candidates.
The AAMA believes that to achieve this, they must primarily compare their curriculums to real world settings. To do this, they analyze the job field, surveying a broad sample of the populace across a variety of different job titles, work settings, geographies, ethnicities, and genders. People engaged in the medical field, though not necessarily medical assistants themselves, like educators, supervisors, and employers of medical assistants, are also surveyed in the hopes of truly diversifying the curriculum.
By doing so, the AAMA’s standards not only help prepare medical assistants to care for patients, but also help them to meet the needs and concerns of employers. This helps to meet more than just the needs of the individual, but the needs of the profession overall.