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How to Become a Medical Assistant in North Dakota

Medical assistants in North Dakota work under the direct supervision of nurses and are required to register as Technician – Medical Assistants with the North Dakota Board of Nursing. If you want to be able to distribute medication as a medical assistant you will also need to register as a Medication Assistant III with the North Dakota Board of Nursing. To be eligible to register as either of these you need to earn a Board-approved education in medical assisting or nursing.

The field of medical assisting in North Dakota is projected to experience continued growth for the foreseeable future. To be a part of this expanding allied healthcare profession in North Dakota, you will need to complete the following steps:

Become Eligible to Register as a Medical Assistant and Medication Assistant III
Learn About the Different Pathways to Becoming Eligible for Registration
Register with the North Dakota Board of Nursing
Maintain Your Medical Assistant Credentials and Registration

 


 

Step 1. Become Eligible to Register as a Medical Assistant and Medication Assistant III

Medical Assistant Registration – To be eligible to register as a medical assistant with the North Dakota Board of Nursing, you need to complete a Board-recognized formal training program or earn one of the following credentials:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)

Medication Assistant III – Earning one of the above-named credentials will also make you eligible to register as a Medication Assistant III with the North Dakota Board of Nursing. Alternatively, you may complete an approved nursing education program that includes a course about the administration of medication. If you choose this latter option the program must also include:

  • Clinical nursing component
  • Development of basic clinical skills
  • Basic pharmacology
  • Mathematics

You must be a medical assistant or other unlicensed assistive person to also register as a Medication Assistant III.

Registering as a Medication Assistant III will allow you to administer medication as a medical assistant. In this context you may be simply referred to as a Medication Assistant, however the official title Medication Assistant III has been adopted to distinguish this class of professional from Medication Assistant I’s and II’s. These professionals do not practice within the same scope and are overseen by a different government body.

Medical assistants and Medication Assistant IIIs in North Dakota work under the supervision and direction of a medical professional with one of the following nursing credentials:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Most Responsible Nurse (MRN)

 


 

Step 2. Learn About the Different Pathways to Becoming Eligible for Registration

To become a registered medical assistant in North Dakota, you will need to earn a credential from one of the following national certification agencies:

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

To earn a CMA credential you must accomplish two tasks:

You can apply online to take the CMA Exam, which is offered at Prometric testing centers in Bismarck and Grand Forks. The test is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions for which you will have 160 minutes to complete.

Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

You can meet any one of the following qualifications to become eligible for the RMA credential:

  • Graduate from an accredited program that includes at least 720 hours of content on medical assisting, including 160 hours of a clinical externship
  • Complete a medical assistant training program as part of service in the US Armed Forces
  • Graduated from high school and have at least five years of work experience as a medical assistant that includes both clinical and administrative duties
  • Be a medical assistant teacher with at least five years of teaching experience, or have teaching experience combined with multiple years of clinical medical assisting experience
  • Earn a professional medical assistant credential from another national association; if you become eligible via this route you will be exempt from taking the RMA Exam

Once you have met one of these conditions of eligibility you will also need to pass the RMA Exam.

National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)

You can choose any of the following routes to eligibility to qualify for the NCMA credential:

  • Graduate from, or be a current student at a medical assistant school that is approved by the NCCT
  • Have two years of full-time work experience as a medical assistant
  • Have worked as a medical assistant as part of service in the US Armed Forces
  • Be a licensed doctor or nurse in a foreign country
  • Have at least 10 years of work experience as a medical instructor
  • Earn a professional medical assistant credential from another national organization

Once you have qualified you must also pass the NCMA Exam.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

To become a CCMA you will need to pass the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam.

 


 

Step 3. Register with the North Dakota Board of Nursing

Once you have met the requirements to become a medical assistant and medication assistant you can register with the North Dakota Board of Nursing. To do this you will need to fill out the appropriate forms and submit them to the Board’s office in Bismarck:

Technician – Medical Assistant

Medication Assistant III

Once you have successfully registered as a Technician – Medical Assistant and possibly as a Medication Assistant III, your name will be listed on the state’s Unlicensed Assistive Personnel-Technician-Medication Assistant III Registry, also referred to as the UAP-Technician-MAIII Registry. If you have previously been listed in this registry as a Technician – Medical Assistant, you must ensure you are currently registered as such before you can register as a Medication Assistant III.

 


 

Step 4. Maintain Your Medical Assistant Credentials and Registration

You will need to renew your medical assistant registration with the North Dakota Board of Nursing every two years by June 30. To do this you must:

  • Verify that you have been employed as a Technician – Medical Assistant
  • Have your employer verify that you are a competent medical assistant
  • Pay a $30 renewal fee

If you are registered as a Medication Assistant III you will need to renew this as well. Its expiration date will correspond with the expiration of your medical assistant registration, and must be renewed at the same time. To accomplish this you must:

  • Submit a Medical Assistant III renewal application
  • Pay a $40 renewal fee
  • Do one of the following:
    • Maintain one of the following professional medical assistant credentials: CMA, RMA, NCMA, or CCMA
    • Demonstrate evidence of clinical practice hours as part of a nursing education program in the preceeding two years

Each professional medical assistant credential has its own renewal requirements:

Checking with the sponsoring agencies of these professional medical assistant credentials is a good way to stay informed about the latest legislative updates, continuing education, and medical assistant jobs in North Dakota.

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