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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 or renewing member  |  A new or 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.)

  1. Active. An active member is one of the following: (1) A CMA (AAMA)® holding current credential status and whose CMA (AAMA) credential has not been revoked as provided by the AAMA Certifying Board Disciplinary Standards and Procedures for the CMA (AAMA); (2) Anyone who was an active member on Dec. 31, 1987, and who has maintained continuous active membership. Continuous active membership is defined as having dues postmarked or submitted electronically to the AAMA Executive Office by December 31 (the controlling time is that of sending, not that of receiving).

  2. Associate. A medical assistant who is not yet a CMA (AAMA) and/or who does not fall under any other category.

  3. Sustaining. Anyone who has been an active or associate member for at least two years who has retired from medical assisting is eligible for sustaining membership. This membership will be forfeited if not renewed annually.

  4. Student. A student member: (1) is enrolled in a medical assisting program accredited by either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools; (2) is limited to a one-time enrollment, selecting either a one-year or a two-year membership term.

  5. Affiliate. One who is not eligible for another membership category but is interested in the medical assisting profession. Note: Medical assisting educators are active or associate members depending on their CMA (AAMA) status.

  6. International. One who is employed in medical assisting but resides and works outside of the United States and its territories.

Your membership type will not change until the end of your membership term.