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FAQs on Membership

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding AAMA membership.

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In most cases, yes. However, these states currently do not have an affiliation with the AAMA:

  • Delaware
  • Louisiana
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

If you live in one of these states, you would join the AAMA as a "member-at-large" and would not belong to a state society or local chapter.

Also, if you live within an affiliated state, but your residence is not within the service area of any local chapters, you would join as a member-at-large with a national and state affiliation. As a member-at-large, you would enjoy all of the national features and benefits available. Find out whether or not you would be a member of a local chapter.

The dues year ends on December 31.

New member  |  A new member who pays dues on or after May 1 will be a member until December 31 of the following year. (A new member is an individual joining AAMA for the first time.)

Renewing member  |  A renewing member who pays dues on or after September 1 of the current year will be a member until December 31 of the following year. (A renewing member is anyone who has ever been a member of the AAMA.)

There are eight membership types within the AAMA:

  • Active designates a member who is a CMA (AAMA) or anyone who was an active member of the AAMA on December 31, 1987, and who has maintained continuous, active membership. Continuous, active membership is defined as having dues postmarked to the AAMA Executive Office by December 31.

  • Affiliate designates a member who is not eligible for another category of membership but is interested in the profession of medical assisting.

  • Associate designates a member who is a medical assistant but who is not yet a CMA (AAMA) and who does not fall under any other category.

  • International designates a member who is employed in medical assisting but resides and works outside of the United States of America and its territories.

  • Life designates an active member who has had life membership conferred by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Trustees for outstanding service to the AAMA. Only one life membership is conferred in any year.

    Nominations with supporting documentation are submitted to the Board by a constituent society or a member of the Board of Trustees. This documentation must be received by the Executive Office no later than June 1.

  • Student designates a member who is enrolled in a medical assisting program (with complete clinical and administrative component) and carries a minimum of six contact hours per week per term.

    This member may retain student membership for one additional dues year after graduation if he or she does not choose active or associate membership. A student membership cannot exceed three years.

  • Sustaining designates anyone who has been an active or associate member for at least two years and has retired from medical assisting without entering into another field. This membership is forfeited if not renewed annually.

  • Honorary designates a member who is not eligible for active membership but has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical assisting and/or the AAMA.

    Honorary membership is conferred by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Trustees. No more than two honorary memberships are conferred in any year. Nominations with supporting documentation are submitted to the Board by a constituent society or a Board member. This documentation must be received by the Executive Office no later than June 1.

Student members may retain student membership for one additional dues year after their graduation date if they do not choose active or associate status. Potential student members must apply for membership prior to graduation. A student membership is limited to three years.