Whether you’re a CNA (as previously outlined in our recent blog CNA vs. CMA: What’s the Difference?) or a CRMA, the driving force behind a career in the healthcare field is the need to help people. Movement within the healthcare industry often requires additional training, but also comes with additional benefits, such as better benefits and pay, in addition to finding your niche in an ever-changing line of work. For instance, if you’re a CRMA, currently looking for a more hands-on and dynamic aspect to your healthcare career, you should consider training to become a CMA through NTI.
What does a CRMA do?
A CRMA, or a Certified Residential Medication Aid, is responsible for administering medications, recording and documenting the administration of medications, being aware of Resident Rights and keeping patient confidentiality, as well as reporting incidents.
What does a CMA do?
CMAs are responsible for documenting patient medical history, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, taking vital signs, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, phlebotomy, electrocardiograms, wound care, and preparing and administering medication. CMAs may also perform administrative tasks such as welcoming patients, coding, filling out insurance forms, scheduling appointments, coordinating hospital admissions and laboratory services, and updating patient medical records.
Moving from CRMA to CMA
NTI offers training as a Clinical Medical Assistant at all of our campuses in Maine (Bangor, Auburn, and Scarborough) and classes start every 3 weeks and run for approximately 27 weeks. During this training, students are prepared to pass the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) exam.
As is the case in any industry, employers like to hire certified workers, and pay scales are often based on experience, therefore with previous experience as a CRMA paired with the CMA training received at NTI, one can expect to see an additional financial boost in their career, while expanding their knowledge and expertise in their chosen field.