Certified Medical Assistant

CMAs work alongside world-class physicians in ambulatory care centers, such as medical offices and clinics, providing essential support to clinical and administrative functions. CMAs help ensure that internal processes run smoothly, so that patients receive the best, most compassionate care possible.

Most CMAs work a standard 40-hour week. Responsibilities include organizing and maintaining patient records and a wide variety of clinical assistant roles, such as prepping patients for exams, performing basic lab tests, and documenting medical histories.

CMA jobs require a high school diploma or equivalent degree, completion of a clinical medical assistant training program, and CCMA certification from the National Healthcare Association (NHA) or the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Our ideal candidate:

  • Enjoys a fast-paced environment and adapts well in emergency situations
  • Communicates and interacts easily with people of all backgrounds
  • Possesses keen interpersonal skills and displays compassion for others
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Brandon Pennington, Plastic Surgery

Why did you become a CMA? How did you become interested in the profession?
My stepdad has been sick in some way since I was 13. Whenever we visited the hospital, not knowing what was going on with him always drove me crazy. So I made a promise to myself that I would learn as much as I could in the medical world and treat every patient I encountered like my stepdad was treated: with kindness and respect.

What about UAB Medicine specifically made you want to work here?
I did an externship through my school, and this is where we were assigned. I honestly just fell in love with this place, because my colleagues here really understand what it means to care for people. I chose UAB mainly because of its unwavering standards and principles.

What do you find most rewarding in your role as a CMA at UAB Medicine?
I do a lot of wound care where I am right now. It warms my heart every time we see someone who,
with our help, goes from being miserable to getting
back to their lives and families.

The First Step in Furthering Your Career
At UAB Medicine, CMAs are encouraged to advance their careers and realize personal potential through higher education and ongoing training. Becoming a CMA is a starting point for a number of medical careers, including respiratory therapist, sonographer, nutritionist, registered nurse, physician assistant, and certified nurse anesthetist.

How We Care for You
You make a difference by delivering world-changing support, and we look after you in turn. UAB Medicine offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes excellent health, dental, and vision coverage, a generous retirement plan, 100% tuition assistance, and a robust wellness program. Learn more about our benefits.


Tracie Hedgeman, Internal Medicine

Why did you become a CMA? How did you become interested in the profession?
I became a CMA because I enjoy taking care of and helping people. It is something that just comes natural to me.

What about UAB Medicine specifically made you want to work here?
I wanted to work for UAB because it is known for its excellence in patient care and employee success.

What do you find most rewarding in your role as a CMA at UAB Medicine?
The relationships I continue to build daily with my patients are the most rewarding part of my job. Knowing that they depend on and trust my skills as a CMA is something I value. That makes coming to work each day worth it.


 

UAB Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. UAB Medicine is active participant in E-Verify for the I-9 process.