The Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam
offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT) identifies individuals with the
skills and knowledge necessary to perform as a Medical Assistant. Certification
is not a state or federal requirement. However, many employers seek to hire
Registered Medical Assistants for their proven skills and knowledge, including
knowledge of the Meaningful Use rule.
There are four routes to eligibility for the RMA exam. They
include education, military training and experience, work experience, and
teaching in an accredited medical assisting program. Determine your eligibility
route on the AMT website.
Approval to test
Once you have determined that you are eligible to take the
RMA exam, submit your application, the required documentation, and the fee
online at the AMT website. The $120.00 fee is payable by credit or debit card
and includes the application, exam, and first annual fee costs. The approval
process may take up to two weeks for processing.
How to register for
When your application is approved, AMT emails you an
authorization to test letter that includes instructions to schedule your
appointment. You have one year from receipt to schedule your exam with a
Pearson VUE testing center, or at other locations approved by AMT. Test centers
are located nationwide, and test times are offered Monday through Saturday on
an appointment basis.
What is on the exam?
The RMA exam is competency and criterion-based examination
of your skills and abilities required to competently perform as a medical
assistant under the supervision of a healthcare professional. The
computer-delivered exam consists of 210 multiple-choice questions. You have two
hours to complete the exam.
Each question is representative of tasks within the medical
assistant position. The exam contains four domains with each domain consisting
of two to eight subject areas. The test is organized as follows:
Patient-centered medical assisting
Topics in this domain include identifying
the structure and the function of body systems, identify and define disorders
and diseases, wellness and nutrition, and medical terminology.
Administrative medical assisting
Content subject areas include insurance,
financial bookkeeping, scheduling, reception, written and oral communication, record
and chart management, transcription and dictation, equipment management,
computer applications, office safety, medical law and terminology, professional
ethics and conduct, and human relations.
Clinical medical assisting
Subject areas within this domain include
asepsis, terminology, sterilization and disinfection techniques, record
keeping, instrumentation identification and use, laboratory procedures, and
Clinical patient interaction
This domain assesses your knowledge and skill
in patient interaction including patient education, vital signs and
measurements, physical examinations, clinical pharmacology, therapeutic
modalities, laboratory procedures, first aid, CPR, and emergency response.
Terminology questions include definition, application, and
Arrive 30 minutes before your exam time. Provide two forms
of identification that have your signature when you check in. One of your IDs
must be a government-issued, valid ID with your photograph. Anything you need
for the exam is provided so leave personal belongings at home. Calculators are
Throughout the exam, you can mark questions for review. Use
the marking tool to conserve the amount of time you spend on each question. Try
to save time during the exam so you can review your answers. Answer every
question, even if you have to guess.
Immediately upon completion of the exam, your results are
provided. Your score report indicates if you passed the exam or not, and the
results are transmitted to AMT within 48 hours of your exam. Your application
and documentation are reviewed one more time, and if you meet the requirements
and pass the exam, your official certificate is mailed to you within 14 days.
Your certification is valid for three years.
The passing score is 70 on a scale of 0 to 100. If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you can retake the exam after a 45 day waiting period. AMT allows a total of four attempts (including the first attempt) in your lifetime. Each retest fee is $90.00.
How Can I Prepare for the RMA Exam?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!