Members and Fellows of the AAMA and its Colleges can earn the designation of credentialed health service administrator.

The Academy has established the minimum criteria for eligibility to participate in the process and determined that the credential could be earned by successful completion of a comprehensive examination on current issues in healthcare management and administration.

The minimum requirements established include: a) the applicant must hold Member or Fellow status in AAMA; b) the applicant must hold at least a baccalaureate degree; and c) the applicant holding a baccalaureate degree must show evidence of four years of successful healthcare related management experience, or the applicant holding a masters degree must show evidence of one year of successful healthcare related management experience.

The examination is based on the recognized “Common Body of Knowledge” (CBK) which includes knowledge, understanding, skills and values relevant to healthcare administration as defined by the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Service Administration (ACEHSA), Such information and learning can be achieved from work experience, reading, professional associations as well as formal academic education. Consideration was given to the eight areas of the CBK outlined below in the development of the credentialing examination.

1. Assessment and understanding of the health status of populations; determinants of health and illness; and factors influencing the use of health services.

2. Understanding of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services, drawing on the social science disciplines (broadly defined to include economics, law, political science, psychology, sociology. and related disciplines).

3. Understanding of, and development of skills in economic, financial, policy, and quantitative analysis.

4. Understanding of the values and ethical issues associated with the practice of health services administration, and the development of skills in ethical analysis

5. Understanding of, and development of skills in positioning organizations favorably in the environment and managing these organizations for continued effectiveness.

6. Understanding of leadership creativity and communication skill development.

7. Understanding of, and development of skills in the management of human resources. information systems. and capital.

8. Understanding of, and development of skills in methods for assessing overall organizational performance and, in particular, assuring quality of services provided.

Applicants are required to answer one hundred multiple choice questions and to write 250-300 words on three of five essay questions. The essay questions are each graded by three AAMA Diplomates. The examination process has been accepted by the United States Navy, the United States Army, and the United States Air Force. MSC Officers who pass the examination qualify for the prefix designator required for command positions in healthcare facilities.

The CMA Study Guide is now available for download or online viewing.


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