About the CACMA Examination

The CAlifornia Certified Medical Assistant examination is a comprehensive objective examination of the candidate’s knowledge of general, clinical and administrative medical assisting skills. It is designed for the entry level medical assistant.

How the Exam was Developed

CCBMA used a rigorous process involving the use of CCBMA credentialed medical assistants from all over California who served as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). A Job Task Analysis (JTA) was conducted with the assistance of Professional Testing, Inc, an industry leader in assessment, evaluation and certification services. The JTA identified the tasks that need to be performed in a competent and safe manner as well as the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with performing such tasks in the role of medical assistant. Exam questions were written and reviewed by SME’s . A pilot exam was conducted followed by a Cut Score Study on the results with assistance from Professional Testing, Inc. The information gained from the JTA, pilot exam and the Cut Score Study validated the items on the CACMA exam and helped ensure that CCBMA is adhering to standards of the credentialing industry.

Paving the “Road to Excellence”

CCBMA will be applying for accreditation for the CACMA certification from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA is the accrediting body affiliated with the Institute of Credential Excellence. The CACMA exam is an all-inclusive updated version of the three California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) examinations that were phased out December 31, 2023.

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