A MedCA certificate is valid for one or two years, depending on the state you live in and the school you go to. After that time has passed you will need to take a recertification exam. (See re-certification on the home page)
Upon passing the exam, you will receive your certificate of completion within 7-15 working days.
Study guides can be purchased on the home page to download through your email as a PDF file for immediate use. A spiral-bound hard copy may be purchased by calling the MedCA office at 516 868 6800.
If your school is a MedCA affiliate, you will take your exam once the course has ended. Upon successfully passing this exam, you will receive your MedCA certificate within 7-15 business days.
No, you must take an exam at the school you attended, at another school in your area, at a MedCA testing facility or at your place of employment upon approval by a MedCA associate.
You must take an exam at the school you attended, at another school in your area, at a MedCA testing facility or at your place of employment upon approval by a MedCA associate.
You can take a test after one year of completed work experience in the field, or graduation from High School (or equivalent) and graduation from a MedCA approved medical program. For Medical Assistant candidates, two years of completed work experience may be required. Eligibility requirements for each area of study can be found by clicking on Available Certifications and selecting Read More under the certification in which you are interested.
Each exam consists of one hundred multiple choice questions and the allocated amount of time per exam is two hours.
You will know your test results in 7-15 business days. If you pass your MedCA exam, you will receive your certificate in the mail. If you fail, a letter will be sent to your address to notify you.
Payment may vary depending on which school you go to. Some schools will have you get a money order made out to MedCA for the cost of the exam; this money order will be sent to the MedCA office for processing with your exam. Some schools prefer their students to pay the school for the exam, so you may need to contact your school to find out how they would like you to pay (check, money order, etc.)
Yes, you are able to reschedule or cancel your exam. You must contact your school to inform them of the cancellation. An email must also be submitted to MedCA using the Quick Contact text box located on the left hand side of the exam registration page. If you need to cancel or reschedule your exam, you will have to notify MedCA 24 hours prior to the originally scheduled test date in order for a refund to be granted. Failure to notify MedCA in the 24 hour window will forfeit all test fee refunds.
No. In order to qualify for an exam, the necessary requirements must be met. For all exam requirements, click on Available Certifications, select the field you are interested in, and complete those requirements.
MedCA provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A, 1990) for individuals who have documented proof of a disability. The candidate must request and demonstrate the need for accommodation. This process, however, is determined by a specific case-by-case basis, as required by law. The ADA regulations define a person with a disability as someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. MedCA requires adequate documentation to validate that the individual is covered under the ADA as a disabled individual. This documentation is also necessary to allow accommodations to be specifically matched with the identified functional limitation in order to provide equal access to test functions for all examinees. Certain disabilities or conditions may be considered so essential to the professional practice in the field that some accommodations for eligibility or testing may not be available, as determined by MedCA.
All MedCA certification examinations are in English. Eligible candidates are required to read and write in English in order to successfully ensure equality among all applicants. Candidates are not required to provide proof of English literacy to take exams, but no language assistant will be provided. Applicants for whom English is a second language are not permitted to ask proctors, or anyone else, for assistance with translation or interpretation.
All candidates are required to have a High School diploma (or equivalent) along with other previously listed qualifications. Candidates from countries outside of the US will need to have any requirements completed outside of the country evaluated by a recognized assessment firm that determines US equivalency. All such analysis will be done at the expense of the candidate.
No. The fee is for taking the exam whether the outcome is pass or fail. In the event that you do fail the exam, you may retake it within 30 days, but you will be required to pay the exam fee again.
You may use the Quick Contact text box on the website to request information on which schools MedCA works with in your area. Be sure to include where you are located, and if you are willing to travel, where you are willing to go (Example: if you live in Westchester, would you be willing to commute to Manhattan?).
Yes, you can post your resume to MedCA’s website for free. Click on Employment Opportunities, and then choose Post Resume from the drop-down menu. Simply fill out the information required on the form, upload your resume and click Submit.
Call the school where you took your certification exam or MedCA 4 weeks prior to your certificate’s expiration. You will be sent some brief articles to read, along with 5 multiple choice questions. You will send your responses back to MedCA for evaluation and recertification. You will receive your new certificate within 7-15 business days.
The fee for recertification is $75.
Yes, you may return a study guide if you have changed your mind and will not be taking the Allied Health course. You will mail the study guide back to MedCA at your own expense, and we will refund the $39 charge once we have received it. You may not return a study guide after taking an exam.
Online testing is available, but only at MedCA-affiliated schools that choose to test this way. If your school is testing online, you will be required to register online by clicking on Student and choosing Create Your Profile. Make sure to select Yes when asked if you know which school you will be attending and fill out the school’s information as well.
Your certificate number will appear on the full-page certificate you will receive. If you would like your number before your certificate arrives for interviews or job applications, you can select Verify Certification at the top of the home page. Your certificate number will be sent to the email address you provide within 24 hours, unless requested on a Friday, where you may not have your number until Monday. Remember to check your SPAM folder if you do not receive a timely response. You may also call the MedCA office at 516 868 6800 and one of our associates can provide your certificate number over the phone.
No. If you graduated from an Allied Health program within the past year, but never took a certification exam, you may still take a MedCA exam. You will need proof of graduation from the program, and you must have graduated within a year of taking the exam. If you did not graduate from a MedCA-affiliated school, but would like to take a MedCA exam, we will assist you in finding a school in your area where you can sit for an exam.