So I here's my story...
I went to a technical school for Medical Assistant bout 4 years ago. Right out of school I got a job in a hospital as a PCT, they didn't require certification, and I really couldnt afford the exam fee at the time so I never took the exam to become certified.
Now I got a new job in a MUCH larger well known hospital as a PCT in the ETD. This is a new position for this facility so there were a lot of us hired for the same position. I am the only one hired with hospital experience. The rest are just out of school, all certified.
I am the only one with hospital experience, and the only one not certified! lol So I feel, just so it doesnt come to bite me in the A** later on, I should take the exam now...
So here is the thing....
I contacted my old school and they told me to register with NHA so I can schedule a time to take the test. I look under their certification offerings and there is a Clinical Medical Assistant Certification, and a Patient Care Technician certification.
My title is Patient Care Technician, but I know being a Certified Patient Care Technician isn''t a well known thing. ( under requirements/recommendations for the job it says Medical Assistant Certification)
I know there isn't much of a difference in the title except CMA is primarily doctor's offices and clinics, while PCT's are in acute care..
but which one do you think I could take????