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What is the CAAMA Credential?
Why Earn the CAAMA Credential?
Minimum Requirements
Exam Logistics
Exam Registration Applications

G.I. Bill – CAAMA Exam Reimbursement

Expedited Grading
Preparing for the CAAMA Exam
Acceptance of Credential Program

Student Member Eligibility

Maintaining the CAAMA Credential Through the CAAMA Recredential Process

What is the CAAMA Credential?

  • Designates “Credentialed by the American Academy of Medical Administrators”
  • A designation earned via successful completion of the CAAMA exam or with acceptance of an approved earned credential from an organization demonstrating parity with AAMA’s credential
  • Indicates an understanding of the recognized Body of Knowledge (BOK) as established by the American Academy of Medical Administrators
  • Demonstrates a professional working competency in the healthcare administration industry and commitment to continuing professional development/education

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Why Earn the CAAMA Credential?

  • Visibly demonstrate your advanced level of knowledge in the healthcare administration profession
  • Show your commitment to professional development and continuing education within your career community
  • Gain personal satisfaction from your achievement – certification is a voluntary program, which allows dedicated professionals to validate their knowledge, skill, and abilities
  • Identify with a distinguished group who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge and determination to raise the standards throughout the industry and increase respect and prestige of the healthcare administrator
  • Earn recognition from your colleagues and peers in the private, public and federal sectors – certification is considered a plus on a resume

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Minimum Requirements

  • Currently hold a management position in the healthcare administration field
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree and have four-years of related management experience OR
  • Hold a master’s degree and have one-year of related management experience

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Exam Logistics

In response to our examinees’ needs and varied locations, we offer the exam in electronic/computerized and mailed/paper format. Both formats require an approved proctor be present for the entire exam period. Approved proctors are current CAAMA designated members or individuals from a Human Resources or Education/Training Department. You are responsible for setting the exam date and time with your preferred proctor and communicating the exam logistics via the exam registration form if known at the time or to the Academy’s Education Coordinator as soon as the date and time are determined. Proctor confirmation is required prior to setting or mailing the exam. Provide as much information as is known at the time of registration.

  • Electronic/computerized CAAMA exams may be scheduled at your and your proctor’s convenience. There is no travel required. Results are available in three (3) to eight (8) weeks. You may take the exam in your own environment. A stable Internet connection is required for the entire exam period. For electronic/computerized exams, please register at least five (5) business days prior to the preferred exam date.
  • Mailed/paper CAAMA exams may be scheduled at your location, at an AAMA conference, or at AAMA Headquarters in Des Plaines, IL. Results are available in six (6) to eight (8) weeks. For mailed/paper exams, please register at least three (3) weeks prior to your preferred exam date to allow for exam material production and mailing. Testing material is sent via Priority Mail directly to the approved proctor approximately two (2) weeks prior to the exam date.

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Exam Registration Applications

Members’ $250 examination fee is non-refundable. Non-members should contact AAMA directly for application and fee procedures. Effective 08/01/11: In the event that a candidate is unsuccessful in his or her first attempt to pass the examination, up to two (2) retakes may be scheduled after a 30-day study period at the following reduced fee schedule: $50 first retake attempt, $100 second retake attempt. Subsequent attempts require a new application and submission of the appropriate examination fee. A “no-show” (i.e., not showing up to the predetermined retake session without prior notice) counts as an exam session. Candidates have three (3) years from the purchase date to take the exam, after which a new application and registration fee must be submitted.

  • Membership/CAAMA exam combo offer application
  • Electronic/computerized CAAMA exam application
  • Mailed/paper CAAMA exam application
  • Retake exams and non-member requests: Contact the Academy’s Education Coordinator, Julia Meyer, at [email protected]

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G.I. Bill – CAAMA Exam Reimbursement

The CAAMA examination is approved by the Veterans Administration (V.A.) for reimbursement under the provisions of Title 38, U.S. Code – Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

Note: If the V.A. looks up AAMA in their system as a school or college, your reimbursement will be denied. It is the CAAMA exam that is approved.

V.A. Forms for Filing G.I. Bill

If you are out of the military and not already in the V.A. system, you need to fill out VA Form 22-1990. This enters you into the V.A. system and they will let you know your eligibility. After the V.A. has approved you, the appropriate form to fill out is VA Form 22-0803 for licensing and certifications.

The G.I. Bill reimbursement is provided after successful completion of the certification exam. Exam reimbursement eligibility is retroactive to 05/01/10. Please contact your V.A. counselor or representative for more information.

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Expedited Grading

A $50 processing fee must accompany all requests for expedited grading. Requests must be sent via e-mail to [email protected], or phoned in to the Education Coordinator at 847/759-8601. Please be sure to include your contact information with your expedited grading request. We will make every effort to process your request within one week; however, no guarantees are made. You will be notified before processing your request if we know we cannot meet your needs.

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Preparing for the CAAMA Exam

The CAAMA examination is a test of general knowledge in the field of healthcare administration. While successful completion of the exam does not certify any relationship to a level of performance nor is it a predictor of success in the field of healthcare administration or management, it does indicate the candidate evidenced comprehension in the recognized common body of knowledge for healthcare administration and was knowledgeable in regard to current issues and developments in the field.

Effective 01/01/12, the CAAMA examination is comprised of 150 objective multiple-choice questions. The essay portion has been eliminated to contribute to a rigorous, objective and fair examination process.

The following study materials provide helpful information and resources in preparing for the examination. To stay current in the field of healthcare administration and ensure exam validity, new questions are routinely added and not all topics are covered in every exam. Use the following links as preparation for the exam.

Exam results will be reported to the examinee as “pass” or “fail” only. Exam results will be communicated only via the exam results letter. Helpful feedback on areas for improvement will be provided after unsuccessful attempts to aide in additional exam attempts.

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Acceptance of Earned Credentials from Other Approved Organizations

In lieu of successfully passing AAMA’s CAAMA examination, individuals may qualify for the CAAMA credential if they have earned an approved credential from another allied healthcare association or specialty healthcare association. Only credentials that represent the broad, general field of healthcare administration and management will be accepted. A Fellow or Diplomate status awarded to an individual by an association qualifies only if earned via exam. The applicant must have successfully completed the comparable exam and have the comparable credential valid and up-to-date. Individuals interested in the acceptance program must meet all AAMA membership requirements. Active AAMA membership is required prior to or in conjunction with a request for a credential acceptance. For formal acceptance consideration, complete and submit the application provided below with all supporting documentation and fees.

  • Credential Acceptance Application

Once an applicant is approved for credential acceptance, all CAAMA recredential requirements apply. All CAAMA individuals, regardless of earning the credential via exam or acceptance, are required to maintain the CAAMA credential through the CAAMA recredential process (see corresponding section for details).

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Student Member Eligibility

Students may sit for the CAAMA exam if they are actively pursuing a graduate degree in healthcare administration or a related field from an accredited graduate program. However, the student who passes the CAAMA exam may use the credential only upon graduation. Once the student is eligible to use the CAAMA credential, all CAAMA recredential requirements apply.

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Maintaining the CAAMA Credential Through the CAAMA Recredential Process

Continuing professional development is essential to stay current with the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Maintaining your CAAMA credential illustrates initiative and ongoing commitment to your profession. The AAMA Board of Directors requires individuals with the CAAMA designation to recredential on a triennial basis (every three years). To continue using the CAAMA designation, evidence of continuing involvement in professional development and education must be provided via the CAAMA Recredential Application. AAMA is a self-report organization. Credentialed individuals must maintain their own records of attendance at conferences, programs, or other continuing education activities that qualify for recredential points. To recredential, one must submit the CAAMA Recredential Application (listed below) reporting activities that contribute to continuing professional development and the recredential fee every three (3) years.

  • 2012 CAAMA Recredential Application

Recredential options are available for extenuating circumstances. Please contact the Academy’s Education Coordinator at [email protected] for details and assistance.

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