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Board Certification Requirements

Show an entire profession your commitment to the business of medical practice administration. Start your Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) pursuit by applying today.
 

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Program Pathways


MGMA wants to support all who aim to achieve the CMPE credential. Therefore, we have introduced two board certification pathways in 2019 to allow candidates who may not yet meet the educational and experience requirements to enter our program.

Review the pathways below to decide which criteria best fits your professional and educational level.

Program note: Applicants will have three years from their application approval date to complete all board certification requirements.
 

Pathway One

Step
1
APPLY
  • Have two years of healthcare experience
  • Hold a bachelor's degree or 120 hours of college credit
  • Be a current MGMA member
  • Pay an application fee
Step
2
BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED*
  • Register and pass the multiple-choice exam
  • Register and pass the scenario-based exam
  • Earn 50 continuing education (CE) credit hours (Eligible credit starts 30 days prior to your acceptance date)
    • 30 hours from MGMA National, state or local
      (Of the 30, 12 must be LIVE learning from MGMA National, state or local )
    • 20 hours from qualified sources that pertain to the medical practice management field or MGMA
Step
3
MAINTAIN YOUR CMPE CREDENTIAL
  • Submit 50 CE hours every three years
  • Remain an MGMA member

Pathway Two

Step
1
APPLY*
  • Be a current MGMA member
  • Pay an application fee
Step
2
BECOME BOARD ELIGIBLE NEW! Add ACMPE
Board Eligible to
your resume!
  • Register and pass the multiple-choice exam
Step
3
BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED*
  • Earn a Bachelor's degree or 120 hours of college credit
  • Obtain two years of healthcare experience
Step
4
  • Register and pass the scenario-based exam
  • Earn 50 continuing education (CE) credit hours (Eligible credit starts 30 days prior to your acceptance date)
    • 30 hours from MGMA resources
      (12 hours must be LIVE learning from MGMA National/state face-to-face events)
    • 20 additional hours from qualified sources
Step
5
MAINTAIN YOUR CMPE CREDENTIAL
  • Submit 50 CE hours every three years
  • Remain an MGMA member

 

* Pending board approval

 


Program Criteria


Exams and continuing education requirements

After applying and receiving program acceptance, applicants must demonstrate mastery of the principles outlined in our Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management by completing the requirements:

 

  • Pass a multiple choice exam - This 175-item, multiple-choice exam assesses your on-the-job knowledge of the broad scope of group practice management principles and practices as described in the six domains of the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management. View exam competencies. NOTE: Pathway two applicants may take the multiple choice exam before completing their education and or work experience, however they must complete both their education and work experience requirement to sit for the scenario-based exam.
  • Pass a scenario-based exam – This exam may only be taken once the education and experience requirements have been met. This 90-item exam assesses in-depth knowledge of medical practice management principles, problem-solving and decision-making skills a candidate would need to handle and resolve real-world medical practice issues through 18-25 scenarios. View exam competencies.
  • Earn 50 hours of continuing education (CE) - You can start earning CE 30 days prior to your nominee acceptance date of either pathway through a variety of qualifying activities. CE credit can also be earned during your exam preparation and after passing the exams.
  • Receive Board approval - The Certification Commission and the MGMA Board vote monthly to confer and award the CMPE designation to individuals who have completed these requirements. Applicants do not need to notify MGMA of completion at the end of the month. After the vote is final, staff will send official notification of your advancement, earning your CMPE credential.




ACMPE board eligible classification

The ACMPE board eligible classification allows candidates to enter the board certification program through pathway two even though they may not yet meet the requirements of the Bachelor’s degree or the two years of healthcare experience. Once they apply, they may begin logging their continuing education and to achieve board eligibility, candidates must show understanding and knowledge of the principles of medical practice administration by passing the multiple-choice exam. To register for the scenario-based exam, candidates must attain their Bachelor’s degree or 120 college credit hours and two years of healthcare experience. Board certification will be achieved when board eligible candidates pass the scenario-based exam and complete the required continuing education credit hours.



Continuing education requirements

To ensure the highest quality of education for our candidates and board certified members, we will require that the 50 hours of continuing education now include 30 hours from MGMA state, local, and national learning, including at least 12 live hours. The remaining 20 hours may come from either MGMA or qualified outside sources starting once their application is accepted, backlogging up to 30 days prior to acceptance date. This will also apply to the 50 hours of continuing education required every three years to remain certified or Fellow of ACMPE.

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Certification deadline

Candidates who enter the board certification program in 2019 will have to complete their exams and 50 hours of continuing education within three years of their application acceptance date. 

The pursuit of certification deepened my understanding of complex practice management issues, resulting in career advancement, increased income and greater impact on the daily operations of my group.

Rodney Haynes MBA, CMPE

CEO, Pocahontas Medical Clinic

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