CHICAGO, Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Certified Medical Assistants (AAMA) are versatile professionals whose breadth of knowledge and skills make them well-suited for a number of roles. Advanced degrees can help those medical assistants take on such new roles. To that end, Excelsior College in Albany, New York, has recently approved 26 semester hours for CMA (AAMA) certification toward the following undergraduate and select graduate health sciences degrees offered by the school:

  • AS in health sciences
  • BS in health sciences (all emphases)
  • BS in public health
  • BS in health care management
  • BS in health care management/MBA dual degree track
  • BS in health sciences/MS in health sciences dual degree track

Excelsior College offers distance learning, meaning that these degrees will be available to all CMAs (AAMA) nationwide.

The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)—or CMA (AAMA)—credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board (CB) of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)—the only medical assisting certifying body that has earned accreditation under ISO International Standard 17024, representing powerful evidence of quality, efficiency, and safety.

Certification status is a matter of public record and may be released. Every day the AAMA responds to more than 100 employer requests for CMA (AAMA) certification verification—for both current and potential employees.

Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Medical assistants work predominantly in outpatient health care settings. Employers are seeking and recruiting these allied health professionals because of their uniquely diverse clinical and administrative patient-centered training.

The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

For more information, visit or, or call the AAMA directly at 800/228-2262.

Media Contact:  
Christopher R. Tomke
AAMA MarCom Manager
[email protected]

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SOURCE American Association of Medical Assistants