Licensure Information - Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant program prepares students for employment in a private physician's office, clinic, and health related agencies.

Medical Assistant Program (webpage)
Medical Assistant Program   (PDF)

National Certification

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the national certification examination for Certified Medical Assistants administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. SCC's Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Telephone: (727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

State Licensure

SCC makes every effort to verify the information provided on requirements for licensure is accurate and up-to-date, however, these requirements are subject to change at any time. Students who will be seeking licensure are strongly encouraged to review the licensure or certification requirements at the appropriate website, linked below where available, for the state in which they intend to practice.

Southeastern Community College has determined its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure in the following states:

Iowa

Southeastern Community College has determined its curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for licensure in the following states:

Unknown

Southeastern Community College has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following states and territories:

  Illinois Missouri
Alabama Maine Ohio
Alaska Maryland Oklahoma
Arizona Massachusetts Oregon
Arkansas Michigan Pennsylvania
California Minnesota Rhode Island
Colorado Mississippi South Carolina
Connecticut Montana South Dakota
Delaware Nebraska Tennessee
Florida Nevada Texas
Georgia New Hampshire Utah
Hawaii New Jersey Vermont
Idaho New Mexico Virginia
Indiana New York Washington
Kansas North Carolina West Virginia
Kentucky North Dakota  Wisconsin
Louisiana   Wyoming
American Samoa Guam Puerto Rico
District of Columbia
(Washington DC)
Northern Mariana Islands US Virgin Islands

Medical assistants in Iowa are not required to possess a certification, registration, or license to work as a medical assistant.

While the state does not require a license or certification, you many need to obtain certification to get a job as a medical assistant or to get a promotion in medical assisting. You can obtain certification as a medical assistant from either the American Associate of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the American Medical Technologists (AMT). To get the credential, in most circumstances, you will have to attend a school that is accredited in medical assisting. The courses at these schools will qualify you to take either the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam or the Register Medical Assistant (RMA) exam. Obtaining the CMA or RMA credential will provide employers with proof of having obtained skills at the nationally accepted standard level.

Visit tests.com for Information to become Certified/Registered as a Medical Assistant. Tests.com also has a Medical Assistant Practice Exam to help you study.

In Iowa, there is no governing body that oversees medical assistant. It is up the the individual employers to ensure their medical assistant hires are capable of performing the job.