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The ASPMA Podiatric Medical Assisting Certification is Coming On-Line.

The ASPMA certification examination will soon be available online.

Expected lauch date is September 1st, 2012.

If a Podiatric medical assistant chooses to take the tests online they will be able to register through our website – http://www.aspma.org – and once registered, they can begin to take the certification exam.

Medical Assistants will need to obtain the Study Kit Material through our website to learn the material that they will be tested on. Once a medical assistant feels they have learned the subjects for each section, they can then go online and take that section of the examination

We have divided the examination into 7 examination sections. We have done this to make it more attainable to assistants. A medical assistant will be able to study and test for each section individually, allowing them to make progress towards their PMAC status. Once he/she completes taking the 7 exam sections they will obtain Podiatric Medical Assistant Certified (PMAC) status for either the Clinical or the Administrative classification (PMAC-Clinical or PMAC-Administrative). If the assistant chooses to eventually take both exams their classification becomes PMAC.

Each examination section will be priced individually, this means that they can be bought individually.

The integrity of the examination will remain as we have implemented some advanced features on the website. For example each section exam will be timed, the questions will be randomized, screen captures and right clicking will be disabled.

If a medical assistant fails one section, they do not lose progress towards their certification.

The ASPMA Examination and Qualifying Chair will contact the medical assistant and guide them through the requirements so that they can retake that section. Retakes of an examination will be limited per section. A medical assistant will be given a specific period of time of months to complete the entire 7 examination sections, if they are not completed the medical assistant will have to register again and start over.

So…why the change to offer an online exam?

There are so many reasons why we should change to an online exam. For many, many years the exam has been offered in many different states, usually at different meetings. The criteria for the exam to be offered would include a minimum number of registered applicants to offer the test.

The possibility of finding an exam sight in your area can be a disappointing one. Quite often it has not been offered at a good time or location for the assistant, not to mention the cost involved. With the exam online, you can relax at a meeting with no worries or anxieties of taking the test. This allows the freedom to concentrate on the advancement of educational opportunities.

The ASPMA is an organization of many Podiatric Medical Assistants whose purpose is to promote, foster, improve, sustain and advance the profession of Podiatric Medical Assistants. Our goal is to elevate the education. What better way to do this than to have the exam online readily available to anyone regardless of their demographic location or restriction of being able to attend the meetings?

Once certified, a person should feel proud of their accomplishments and wear their certification badge with pride and integrity. Quite often I get asked…”what does PMAC stand for?” When I answer that it is Podiatric Medical Assistant Certified, it gives the patient confidence in allowing me to help make their feet better. Do you want the great satisfaction in the proof of your expertise? Why not invest in the future of your profession?

There are further details that are in the final stages and will be announced very soon. ASPMA is working hard on finishing the beta testing of the website with an estimated roll out date in August 2012. Please visit http://www.aspma.org for more information regarding the ASPMA and certification.

What is PMAC Certification?

ASPMA Certification sets the standard for excellence in the profession of podiatric medical assisting. When you become a PMAC (Podiatric Medical Assistant Certified), you will:

– Increase your prestige and status among your peers.

– Gain satisfaction in the proof of your expertise.

– Enjoy additional competence in your work.

– Upgrade the professionalism of podiatry in your office.

– Enhance your credibility in caring for patients in your doctor’s practice.

– Several states use our Clinical Exam as the bar for their State Podiatric Limited Radiology License.

Who is Eligible?

Any podiatric medical assistant who is a member of the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants and is employed in a podiatry office where the DPM is a member in good standing of APMA may sit for the exam.

How do I become Certified?

First become a member of ASPMA. Then register at least 30 days in advance for any scheduled exam by submitting the required registration form and fee to the Qualifying and Examining Chairperson. To pass the exam and become a certified podiatric medical assistant you must obtain an overall score of at least 70% and not lower that 60% in any one category. The exam contains seven categories.

You may become certified in Clinical or Administrative.

Categories for the Clinical Exam include:

– General Information and Knowledge of Podiatry

– Anatomy/Biomechanics

– Terminology

– Clinical Testing and Procedures

– Surgical Instrumentation

– Radiology

– Medical Emergencies and CPR

Study kits are available and 3-5 months of study time is recommended.

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