Medical Assisting Program at RVCC Awarded Continuing Accreditation

Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, President of River Valley Community College, is proud to announce that the Medical Assistant Certificate program at River Valley Community College has been awarded continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The review conducted by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognized the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards. This program was awarded an eight year accreditation, the maximum allowed by MAERB/CAAHEP.

“River Valley Community College’s stellar Medical Assistant Certificate program is a first-rate example of the quality programs we offer.  Student Success is our ultimate goal and that begins when a student walks through the doors and continues as they move on to employment or transfer to a four year college as successful alumni,” said President Harvey-Smith.  
Many employers of allied health personnel prefer, or even insist, that their medical assistants are CMA (AAMA) certified. The CMA (AAMA) is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the CMA (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination administered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. CMA (AAMA) certification offers proof to employers that a medical assistant has achieved the highest standards of education and credentialing in the medical assisting field. Only graduates of medical assisting programs accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The CMA (AAMA) is evidence of competence in a demanding field.

“The CMA (AAMA) is the only medical assisting certification that requires graduation from a postsecondary medical assisting program and is recognized by employers across the country. As the only CAAHEP accredited program in this region, River Valley Community College has been graduating highly competent medical assistants for over 45 years,” said Lisa Gould, program director.

Medical Assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical assistants are the only allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory care settings, such as physician offices, clinics, and group practices. Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties. Some of the duties include; updating and filing patient medical records, coding insurance forms, scheduling appointments, assisting the physician during exams, performing basic laboratory tests, preparing and administering medications, and drawing blood.

River Valley Community College offers over 40 Associate Degree and Certificate Programs in Claremont, Keene and Online. It is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire. To learn more about the Medical Assistant program at River Valley Community College, contact Lisa Gould at .



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