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AAH FAQ ImageHOW DO I REGISTER TO TAKE AN AMERICAN ALLIED HEALTH EXAM?

To register for any of our certification exams, please follow the instructions on the registration page.

WHAT CERTIFICATION CREDENTIALS DOES AAH OFFER?

WHAT IS THE COST OF REGISTERING FOR AN EXAM?

Certification fees vary by certification type. Please see pricing information here.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO TAKE THE EXAM?

One must be eligible in order to sit for an AAH national certification exam. After you register for the exam you will be asked to show proof that you fulfill one of the following requirements.

Complete at least ONE of the following:

  • Graduation from an allied health vocational training program
  • One year of work experience in the field
  • Military experience/training in the field
  • Reciprocity from another certifying agency

Please Contact Us if you have any questions about eligibility.

HOW DO I SHOW PROOF OF MEETING ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS?

See: How to Submit Proof of Eligibility. After you register for the exam you will be asked to submit proof of fulfilling at least one of the requirements mentioned above in order to become certified. Acceptable forms of proof may include:

  • Copy of certificate of training or graduation diploma
  • Copy of school transcript
  • Letter from employer showing proof and length of employment
  • Copy of check stub showing proof and length of employment
  • Copy of proof of military training
  • Certification number and name of another certifying agency (for reciprocity)

Any of these forms of proof may be submitted either by uploading file attachments to your account, or sent by mail, fax, or as email attachments. You may register and take the exam at any time you please, but AAH will not release your certificate or registration card until we have received proof of eligibility for certification.

HOW CAN I OBTAIN CERTIFICATION BY MEANS OF RECIPROCITY?

If you have been certified through another certifying agency, you may be able to gain AAH certification by means of reciprocity. You will not have to sit for the exam if you have taken a previous exam within 5 years. To start this process, please register for the online exam and select "reciprocity" as your fulfillment of requirements to take the exam.

HOW SHOULD I STUDY FOR THE EXAM?

Once you register for the exam this will grant you access to the AAH topical study guides. You may use these guides to aid you as to what topics in your field you should review before sitting for the exam. It may also be helpful to look at other resources such as a textbooks from your training program. In addition to this, registering for the AAH exam will allow you to make use of our practice exams to get you prepared for the test.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE EXAM?

Each exam consists of 150 questions in the multiple-choice and true/false format. You may take our free practice exams to get a feel for the format of the final online exam. Further information about the testing process will be given to you in your members account.

WHEN CAN I TAKE THE EXAM?

After you register to take the exam, you will be able to take the test whenever you are ready, day or night. This will be done online from within your American Allied Health account. There you can also access study guides and practice exams before sitting for the final exam.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE EXAM?

Once you are ready to sit for the exam online, you will have 2 hours to answer 150 multiple-choice and true/false questions.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I RETAKE THE EXAM?

There is no limit to how many times one may retake the exam. The first retake is provided by AAH at no additional cost and subsequent retakes will require a $30.00 retake fee.

HOW DO I KEEP MY CERTIFICATION CURRENT?

To keep your certification current you must submit your annual renewal dues and provide proof of continuing education credits (5 CEUs per year). You will not have to sit for the exam again. You may simply log in to your account to renew online. The renewal process is designed to be streamlined and user friendly.

DOES AAH OFFER CEUs ONLINE?

Yes, you may get all your necessary continuing education units from within your AAH online account. AAH offers online CEUs at a competitive rate as a benefit to our members.

HOW OFTEN DO I RENEW?

Recertification is done on an annual basis, and must be accomplished before your certification expiration date. If this date is passed you must apply for reinstatement. You will receive reminder emails when it is time to renew. Upon renewal AAH will send you an updated certification card with a new expiration date.

IS THERE A CLINICAL TEST PORTION OF THE EXAM?

AAH does not require a clinical test for certification.

WHEN WILL I KNOW MY RESULTS?

Results are given instantly upon completion of the online exam.

WHEN WILL I GET MY CERTIFICATE AND REGISTRATION CARD?

After you have taken the online certification exam, you will instantly receive your certification number along with a PDF copy of your certificate and registration card. These copies allow you provide instant proof of your certification for employers. Then you will receive physical copies of these materials by mail within 5-10 business days.

I AM NOT A TESTER BUT AN ADMINISTRATOR; CAN WE OFFER AAH ONLINE EXAMS AT OUR FACILITIES?

Yes, please see more information below about offering exams at your school, hospital, or clinic. The information below is intended for administrators, rather than individual testers. 

 

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Benefits of Online & Onsite Testing:
  • Testing occurs onsite at your own computer lab.
  • Instant test results.
  • Instant PDF digital certificates.
  • Instant certification number and issue date validation.
General Testing Information:
  • The exams are timed, with 120 minutes available to complete the exam.
  • 150 multiple choice and true-false questions.
  • Passing score: 75%.
  • Testing occurs on AAH's secure online testing module.
Certification and Pricing Info:
  • Pharmacy Technician, CPhT, $105.00.
  • Phlebotomy Technician, CPT, $105.00.
  • EKG Technician, CET, $105.00.
  • Medical Assistant, RMA, $110.00.
  • Patient Care Technician, CPCT, $110.00.
  • Medical Coding and Billing Specialist, MCBS, $105.00.
  • Veterinary Assistant, CVA, $100.00.
  • Physical Therapy Aide, CPTA, $105.00.
  • Certified Surgical Technician, CST, $130.00.
  • Optometrist Assistant, COA, $110.00.
Included in the Certification Fee:
  • Extensive practice exams.
  • Topical study guides.
  • Access to online continuing education units.
  • One retake examination.

AAH offers both "Pay-as-you-go" and "Direct Billing/Invoicing" options for paying certification fees. What works for your facility will largely depend on whether the students/employees will pay directly for their own exam (Pay-as-you-go), or whether the facility will want to be invoiced to pay the fees on behalf of the testers at a later time (Direct Billing/Invoicing). AAH will work with you to offer national certification in a way that best benefits your unique situation.

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