Medical Assistant

medical assistantCertified Medical Assistants are integral members of the healthcare team. They assist with patient care management and the day-to-day functioning of a practice, hospital or other medical facility, under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider. There are three types of medical assistants: Administrative, Clerical and Clinical.

Administrative and Clerical Medical Assistants are often interlinked. They require medical knowledge, organization and business skills to perform administrative duties such as:

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Composing or transcribing dictated letters
  • Completing and submitting insurance forms
  • Sorting/handling mail
  • Accounts payable and receivable

Clinical Medical Assistants, on the other hand, in addition to carrying out administrative procedures, can perform clinical duties such as measuring vital signs and performing EKGs. They can also draw blood and other samples, administer injections, maintain treatment rooms, sterilize instruments, and assist during physical examinations.

Where Does a Medical Assistant Work?

Medical Assistants who have graduated from an accredited Medical Assisting program can work in a variety of healthcare settings – from physician practices, nursing homes and clinics to outpatient surgery centers and hospitals. Medical Assistants perform basic tasks, both clinical and administrative, to relieve some of the burden off of doctors.

As the demand for Medical Assistants increases, more and more facilities are requiring certification in order to reduce the impact of liability. Accredited Medical Assisting programs are offered in postsecondary vocational schools, junior colleges and many colleges and universities. Postsecondary programs usually last a year or less and result in a certificate or diploma. Meanwhile, those who complete a two-year program can earn an associate degree.

The Importance of Certification

NHCWA Certification allows healthcare workers and employers to validate their knowledge and abilities and the mastery of industry-specific skills. Achieving certification helps healthcare organizations demonstrate that their business is run effectively by qualified staff. Meanwhile, recertification reflects a commitment to ongoing learning and improvements. Additionally, organizations that are NHCWA certified can successfully demonstrate to patients, employees and other companies that they use industry-respected best practices.

NHCWA Certification Benefits Patients and Families: NHCWA Certification provides validation that a medical organization and its employees have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the complex requirements of the healthcare industry. This ensures high quality care delivery, which can give patients and families peace of mind.

NHCWA Certification Benefits Healthcare Professionals: In order to become certified, healthcare professionals must validate their industry-specific knowledge and skills. Passing the certification process allows them to position themselves for appropriate recognition, and it can give them a critical sense of confidence and achievement.

NHCWA Certification Benefits Employers: Certification is a vehicle for hospitals to distinguish themselves from competitors. It demonstrates to consumers that the organization attracts only the most skilled and experienced healthcare workers. Achieving NHCWA certification (and meeting the continuing education requirements necessary to maintain it) also contributes to an environment of professionalism and a culture of employee retention. This is especially critical given the severe shortage of qualified healthcare workers.

NHCWA Medical Assistant Certification Requirements:

One of these requirements must be met:

  • Graduation from an allied health vocational training program
  • One year of work experience in the field
  • Military experience/training in the field
  • Reciprocity from another certifying agency

NHCWA Certification Requirements for Medical Assistant Certification:

The following skills requirements are mandatory and must be met for NHCWA certification: The NHCWA requires CPR certification for all medical professionals applying for NHCWA certification.

  • Current CPR certification
  • A minimum of 25 successful venipuncture’s
  • A Minimum of 10 successful Skin puncture’s
  • A Minimum of 10 EKG Test Strips

(In addition check your states requirements for minimum EKG strips & venipuncture Sticks some states require an average of 15 EKG Test Strips and 30 venipuncture Sticks)

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Exam Requirements

One must demonstrate eligibility in order to sit for an NHCWA national certification exam. You will be asked to show proof that you fulfill one of the following requirements in order to register for the NHCWA exam.

Complete at least ONE of the following:

  • Graduation from an allied health vocational training program
  • One year of work experience in the field
  • Military experience/training in the field
  • Reciprocity from another certifying agency


Refunds will not be offered for examination fees unless the scheduled examination date is cancelled by NHCWA. In the event you decide for any reason to withdraw from participation in the exam, you must cancel your appointment with NHCWA and notify NHCWA in writing with signature no later than 48 hours prior to the exam. If a candidate does not cancel or reschedule their exam with NHCWA at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled time, the cost of the exam is forfeited and the candidate must re-register as well as repurchase the exam. In the event that severe weather or another emergency forces the closure of a NHCWA test site on a scheduled examination date, the examination will be rescheduled by NHCWA at no additional charge. NHCWA personnel will attempt to contact candidates who are in this situation. However, candidates may also check the status of their examination schedules by calling NHCWA at 1-855-378-7601. Every effort will be made to reschedule the examination at a convenient time.


If you fail to cancel for any reason fail to appear at the exam site where you are registered to sit for the exam you will forfeit all fees paid and no refund will be provided. You are considered a “no- show Candidate” and forfeit all fees. If you arrive late you may not be permitted to sit for the exam; whether or not you will be allowed to sit is entirely at the discretion of the NHCWA test center and will depend on whether the site has availability to accommodate a late-arriving Candidate. Should the late-arriving Candidate not be permitted to test, he/she will forfeit all fees paid and no refund will be provided. If you cancel or fail to appear for the exam you will be required to file a new application, pay applicable fees and meet applicable eligibility criteria if you wish to sit for future exams.


Exam appointments can be rescheduled if time slots are available. To reschedule an exam appointment you must have your NHCWA confirmation number and you must reschedule by using the Reschedule option at or by calling NHCWA at 1-855-378-7601.

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