CHICAGO, September 13, 2017 (Newswire.com) - The U.S. population continues to age at a considerable rate. By 2050, the number of adults ages 65 and older projects to be double what it was in 2012, according to An Aging Nation: The Older Population in the United States, a 2014 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. This change poses significant challenges for health care providers, who must adapt to meet the needs of the changing patient population.
To help providers address these challenges, the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) has launched the Assessment-Based Certificate (ABC) in Geriatrics program. This program is meant to expand the health care professional's understanding of certain conditions that manifest themselves in older patients. To earn the certificate, individuals must take and pass assessments on the following four courses plus a final exam:
- Course 1: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) in Geriatric Patients
- Course 2: Cardiovascular Diseases: Stroke in Geriatric Patients
- Course 3: Depression in Geriatric Patients
- Course 4: Advance Care Planning for Geriatric Patients
While the benefits of this program are applicable to all health care professionals, medical assistants possessing CMA (AAMA) certification will be able to take the courses for a total of 16 continuing education units (CEUs) toward recertifying their credential.
The courses may also be purchased and taken individually, but then may not be used for achieving the ABC in Geriatrics.
More information on the assessment-based certificate program can be found at http://bit.ly/2w1vj4J.
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.
The CMA (AAMA) credential designates a medical assistant who has achieved certification through the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
Source: American Association of Medical Assistants