RMA Exam

Candidates who take the Registered Medical Assistant Exam are typically working as medical assistants and seek this certification to increase their knowledge, career prospects, and potential income.

This computer-based exam is 2 hours long and consists of 210 questions.

Special testing accommodations are available for approved individuals. This request must be made in writing. Some of the available special accommodations include extended testing time, additional rest breaks, audio test, and oral interpreter.


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In order to be eligible to take this exam, candidates must meet all of the requirements of one of the four following routes:

Route 1:

Graduate or soon to graduate from accredited medical assisting program OR program within accredited institution (with 720 hours of training, plus 160 hours of clinical externship)

Route 2:

Graduate or soon to graduate from US Armed Forces medical services training program

Route 3:

Employed as medical assistant at least 5 out of the last 7 years (clinical and administrative duties)

Route 4:

At least 5 years of teaching or previously taught course related to medical assisting (clinical and administrative duties)

If have less than 5 years of teaching, must prove that have at least 3 years’ experience that is equal to or exceeds medical assisting practice scope


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How many questions are there for each category?

  • General Medical Assisting Knowledge – 86
  • Administrative Medical Assisting – 51
  • Clinical Medical Assisting – 73

What categories and topics are covered on the exam?

The specific topics for each category are as follows:

General Medical Assisting Knowledge: Anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, medical law, medical ethics, human relations, and patient education.

Administrative Medical Assisting: Insurance, financial bookkeeping, and medical receptionist/secretarial/clerical.

Clinical Medical Assisting: Asepsis, sterilization, instruments, vital signs & mensuration, physical examinations, clinical pharmacology, minor surgery, therapeutic modalities, laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, and first aid & emergency response.

What is the most convenient way to register for the exam?

Use a credit card or debit card to register online. The application fee is non-refundable.

What is the cost of the exam?

The cost of the Registered Medical Assistant Exam is $120.

What are the testing dates and locations?

You have the options of taking the exam at your school or one of the approved testing centers. If you take the exam at your school, your instructor will give you the possible dates and times to take it.

If taking the exam at a testing center, you can schedule to take it any day of the year, excluding Sundays and national holidays.

What should I do the day of the exam?

Arrive 30 minutes before your exam is scheduled to take place.

Bring two valid photo IDs. The primary form of identification must include your name, signature, and a photo. Forms of acceptable primary ID include passport, passport card, driver’s license, national identification, and military identification.

The other form of ID must have your name and signature. Also bring your exam authorization letter.

Personal items such as a cell phone, calculator, wallet, and food/drink are prohibited from the testing area.

What happens after I take the exam?

You will find out your score immediately after taking the exam. Additionally, if you received a passing score, in approximately 1-2 weeks after taking the exam, you will receive your official score report and certificate in the mail.

What is the passing score?

The score scale is 0-100. A passing score is 70.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

If you do not pass the test or you are not satisfied with your score, you may schedule to retake the exam. Keep in mind, you cannot re-take the exam sooner than 45 days from your initial attempt at the exam.

If re-taking the exam, you must submit the examination retake form and re-testing fee of $90.

For this exam, you are allowed up to 4 attempts.

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