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The following provides a greater understanding of the association, profession, and CMA (AAMA)® credential:

AAMA Vision  |  A CMA (AAMA) for every patient

AAMA Mission  |  The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants® is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

Organizational Structure  |  The Organizational Structure of the AAMA is a trilevel organization comprising national, state, and local levels. Governing bodies include the AAMA House of Delegates, Board of Trustees, and two educational boards (Certifying Board and Continuing Education Board).

AAMA Bylaws  |  The AAMA Bylaws (in the Members-Only Downloads section) are the set of rules adopted by the association for the government of its members and the regulation of its affairs.

Strategic Issues Plan  |  Based on a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, the Strategic Issues Plan serves as a blueprint for the goals of the association, profession, and CMA (AAMA) credential.

CMA (AAMA) Core Values

Actively participate in the delivery of quality health care.
Promote patient safety and well-being.

Contribute to a positive health care experience for patients.
Demonstrate integrity and respect, and protect patient confidentiality.

Advocate the essential value of certification and continuing education.
Embrace change, growth, and learning.

AAMA Code of Ethics for Medical Assistants  |  The AAMA Code of Ethics for medical ​​assistants sets forth principles of ethical and moral conduct as they relate to the medical profession and the particular practice of medical assisting.

Members of the AAMA dedicated to the conscientious pursuit of their profession, and thus desiring to merit the high regard of the entire medical profession and the respect of the general public which they serve, do pledge themselves to strive always to:

  1. Render service with full respect for the dignity of humanity.
  2. Respect confidential information obtained through employment unless legally authorized or required by responsible performance of duty to divulge such information.
  3. Uphold the honor and high principles of the profession and accept its disciplines.
  4. Seek to continually improve the knowledge and skills of medical assistants for the benefit of patients and professional colleagues.
  5. Participate in additional service activities aimed toward improving the health and well-being of the community.

Medical Assisting Creed  |  The Medical Assisting Creed of the AAMA sets forth medical assisting statements of belief:

  • I believe in the principles and purposes of the profession of medical assisting.
  • I endeavor to be more effective.
  • I aspire to render greater service.
  • I protect the confidence entrusted to me.
  • I am dedicated to the care and well-being of all people.
  • I am loyal to my employer.
  • I am true to the ethics of my profession.
  • I am strengthened by compassion, courage, and faith.