The American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) is a well-known provider of healthcare certifications to help CTE students start their careers in the medical field.
In total, the AMCA provides 19 health science certification options:
On this page, you’ll learn what each AMCA certification entails, why they’re important, and how digital curriculum can help you prep students for certification success!
Let’s start with the Medical Assistant Certification.
The Medical Assistant Certification (MAC) denotes that someone has the skills and knowledge needed to work as a medical assistant in a healthcare facility.
To pass the MAC exam, a student must be proficient in skills across seven healthcare domains:
In many cases, someone who starts out as a medical assistant can advance to other positions after additional training and further certification.
That makes the MAC a great first step for anyone interested in pursuing a lifelong career in healthcare, even if they’re not sure about what they want to do yet!
The Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) measures a student’s knowledge and skills needed to work as a clinical medical assistant in a healthcare facility.
Specifically, the AMCA states that CMAC recipients must be proficient in skills across seven healthcare domains:
Overall, obtaining a CMAC certification shows that an individual can perform a variety of duties, including standard medical assisting tasks, phlebotomy, EKG, and more.
These tasks are critical to the day-to-day operations in any healthcare facility, which means clinical medical assistants are in high demand across the country!
The Phlebotomy Technician Certification (PTC) says that a student can collect and analyze blood and other specimens.
Specifically, a student earns the certification by showing proficiency in six domains:
In addition, phlebotomy technicians may be expected to have other soft skills in the workplace — like empathy and patience — since it’s so common for individuals to be afraid of needles.
This all means the PTC exam is a great route for anyone interested in lab work but still wants to interact with clients on an individual basis.
The EKG Technician Certification (ETC) designates that an individual has the skills needed to work as an EKG technician in a healthcare facility.
To pass the ETC exam, a student must be proficient in skills across six domains:
Having these skills is a must for any EKG technician since the information they measure and document directly impacts how doctors diagnose patients.
This makes the ETC a good choice for someone interested in working with clients while also monitoring and analyzing data.
The Phlebotomy / EKG Technician Certification (PTC/ETC) is a combination of the PTC and ETC certifications, which allows a student to become certified as both a phlebotomy technician and EKG technician!
To become certified, the student must be proficient in eight domains related to both professions:
Overall, holding two certifications can provide a wider pool of employment opportunities for anyone new to the healthcare field!
The Clinical Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy / EKG Certification (CMAC/PTC/ETC) includes three certification opportunities, split into two exams.
This version of the CMAC exam includes the same seven topics as the standard CMAC exam:
The second exam is a supplemental PTC/ETC exam, giving it six domains rather than the standard eight:
Many healthcare facilities prefer to hire clinical medical assistants who are able to perform phlebotomy and EKG duties.
That makes students who earn these certifications are prime candidates when applying for those positions!
The Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (MAAC) measures a student’s skills and knowledge pertaining to medical billing, coding, administrative tasks, and general care.
To become a medical administrative assistant, the student must be proficient in skills across eight domains:
Medical administrative assistants are often the first and last person to interact with a client at a healthcare facility.
Proficiency in these skills helps provide every client with a great experience each visit!
This makes the MAAC a good option for someone who wants to work in the healthcare field and interact with patients, but doesn’t want to be involved in clinical care or lab work!
The Clinical Medical and Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAAC) is a combination of four AMCA certifications -- CMAC, PTC, ETC, and MAAC.
The CMAAC exam is designed to help students learn both clinical medical assisting skills and administrative assistant skills across eight domains:
Some healthcare facilities look to hire medical assistants who can work in the front office and assist with patient care as needed.
That means the CMAAC can put any medical assistant a step ahead when it comes to finding employment!
The Patient Care Technician Certification (PCTC) measures a student’s ability to work in a healthcare facility as a patient care technician or assistant.
To earn the PCTC designation, the student must be proficient in skills across eight domains:
The AMCA notes that individuals who pass the PCTC exam may also work as certified nursing assistants, healthcare technicians, licensed nursing assistants, or nurses’ aides.
That means the PCTC designation is a versatile certification option for any future healthcare professional!
The Physical Therapy Aide Certification (PTAC) denotes that an individual can work as a physical therapy aide or technician under the supervision of a physical therapist.
To earn the certification, a student must be proficient across six domains:
Physical therapy aides complete duties that involve both direct patient care as well as organizational and clerical tasks.
This certification is an excellent choice for anyone interested in the medical field, since employment is expected to grow 30% through 2026!
The Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC) says a student is ready to work as a nursing assistant in a hospital or long-term care facility.
To earn the NAC designation, an individual must be proficient in six domains:
Along with the clinical skills and background knowledge, a nursing assistant will need soft skills like communication and empathy to build good relationships with their clients.
Overall, working as a nursing assistant is a rewarding career for anyone who wants to work in the healthcare field with a focus on helping others and building long-term relationships.
The Mental Health Technician Certification (MHTC) designates that someone can start a career as a mental health technician or psychiatric aide.
To pass the MHTC exam, the person must be proficient in six domains related to mental health:
The AMCA is one of the only certification providers with an option for individuals interested in careers related to mental and behavioral health.
So, if your students are interested in working in this part of the healthcare field, the MHTC is a must!
The Dental Support Technician Certification (DSTC) shows that a person can work as an entry level dental employee, most often as a dental assistant.
To become a dental support technician, the person must be proficient in seven domains:
The DSTC is a great starting point for someone interested in a dental career. It allows professionals to gain experience in the field to help them advance to other positions in the future!
The Trichologist Certification (TC) prepares individuals to work in a number of careers related to hair loss.
The AMCA has partnered with the US Trichology Institute (USTI) to create this certification, which is part of the USTI’s trichologist program of study.
For the certification exam specifically, an individual must be proficient in skills across four domains related to trichology:
After completing the USTI program of study and the AMCA TC exam, an individual is ready to enter the field as a dermatologist assistant, trichology clinical researcher, trichologist counselor, or assistant in oncology for cancer patients.
The Billing & Coding Specialist Certification (BCSC) evaluates a student’s knowledge and skills needed to work as a billing and coding specialist, medical coder, or health information technologist.
To earn the BCSC, a person must be proficient in seven domains:
These skills help billing and coding specialists document the correct information and follow the right procedures that accurately catalog clients’ statuses.
The BCSC is an excellent choice for anyone interested in the intricate details of the medical field but prefers to interact with other professionals instead of clients.
The Electronic Health Record Certification (EHRC) denotes that a person has the administrative and clerical skills needed to work with electronic medical records.
To pass the EHRC exam, a student must be proficient in skills across six domains:
Even though EHR specialists don’t often work directly with clients, their position is critical in maintaining accurate data, confidentiality, and HIPAA compliance for healthcare facilities!
The Medical Administrative Assistant with Billing & Coding Specialist Certification (MAA/BCSC) provides students with the opportunity to become dually certified in MAAC and BCSC.
For the MAA/BCSC exam, students will need to be proficient in
Being certified in both of these areas offers a well-rounded skill set in both administrative duties and the specifics of coding and billing.
This versatility can make a big difference for medical practices who aren’t able to hire individual specialists for each area!
The Medical Administrative Assistant with Electronic Health Record Certification (MAA/EHRC) combines the MAA and EHRC exams into a dual certification.
The MAA/EHRC exam includes six healthcare domains that pertain to both professions:
Anyone interested in becoming a medical administrative assistant will benefit from becoming certified in both areas because MAAs often need to reference electronic health records to complete their duties!
The Medical Administrative Assistant / Billing & Coding Specialist / Electronic Health Record Certification (MAA/BCS/EHRC) combines three healthcare professions that are closely related.
Specifically, the exam includes seven domains related to the three professions:
The ability to complete administrative tasks, work with electronic health records, and understand client billing is the trifecta for anyone interested in the administrative side of healthcare.
As medical practices look to hire employees with more versatile skill sets, having the MAA/BCS/EHRC distinction can make a difference in getting the job!
No matter which AMCA certification exam your students will take, they all have one thing in common. You need to help your students prepare for test day!
Health science teachers prepare their students for certification exams in a variety of ways, including AMCA test prep materials and homemade curriculum they designed just for certification prep.
However, the AMCA test prep materials help your students study for the exam, but they don’t actually help you teach the information in your classroom.
And building a curriculum from scratch provides a custom learning experience for your students, but you could inadvertently teach to the test, which can negatively impact your student’s long-term retention.
That’s why hundreds of health science teachers opt to use the HealthCenter21 digital curriculum to teach their classes and prep students for AMCA certifications!
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