Certification is a vital component of your medical assistant resume. While it is true that certification is not an absolute requirement, it strengthens your applicant profile tremendously and makes a job that much more likely to be offered to you. There are two major groups responsible for accreditation in the United States. These two are called the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the Association of Medical Technologists (AMT). See our medical assistants links page for more information.
Once you have your basic certification, you can continue onward to further levels. For example, both organizations offer advanced certification in medical specialties. This may be of interest if you wish to work in a specialized setting outside of primary care, such as for an eye doctor (ophthalmologist), foot doctor (podiatrist), or any of a number of other disciplines.
Further on in your career, these accreditations may allow you to become a medical assistant teacher or manager of other medical assistants within an office. Either medical or clerical positions of authority are more easily pursued with these certifications.