become a certified medical practice executive

The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), the certification and fellowship authority of MGMA, has been certifying medical practice executives for more than 60 years. The only board certification of its kind, ACMPE’s Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential is recognized as the standard in medical practice management — a benchmark that can single you out and put you in full view of top physicians and executives throughout the industry.

Some benefits of board certification:

  • Demonstrates your broad knowledge of medical practice management
  • Enhances your professional status by earning a nationally recognized professional designation
  • Provides a distinct advantage over other candidates when seeking employment and promotions
  • Assists you in demanding more salary, on average, than non-certified professionals
  • Expands your network of medical practice executives who have chosen to excel in the profession

The board certification exam assesses your:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the broad scope of medical practice management principles and issues
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to communicate in writing
  • Oral communication skills

ACMPE board certified professionals enjoy:

  • Professional respect from physicians, peers and colleagues
  • Increased earning and career potential
  • Leading many of the nation’s best-performing medical practices

Fellows are members of ACMPE who have chosen to advance beyond board certification. Fellowship (FACMPE) is the highest level of distinction in the medical management field.

The Body of Knowledge

The Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management is the most comprehensive, authoritative resource for those who seek to assess and develop their skills and knowledge in this profession. Every profession possesses a body of knowledge representing the entirety of information about that profession. It’s one way that professionals establish their claim to an expertise that deserves recognition. The Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management represents just such an achievement. It defines and legitimizes the unique knowledge and skill set for the medical practice management profession. It helps set the standards that preserve the profession’s integrity and promote its growth.

To apply for board certification and work toward obtaining the CMPE credential, you must:

  • Be a current MGMA member.
  • Pay a one-time $250 application fee.  A link to both an online and downloadable PDF application will be emailed to you upon payment.
  • Submit your completed application form, along with documentation of two years of healthcare management experience, including at least six months in a supervisory role. NOTE: Starting January 1, 2019, applicants will need a bachelor’s degree or 120 college credit hours to apply.

Once you have fulfilled the qualifications and MGMA has verified your professional experience, you will be notified of your acceptance.

After program acceptance, you will need to fulfill three requirements to earn your CMPE credential. These requirements can be completed in the order that works for you:

  • 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.
  • Pass a scenario-based exam - This 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.
  • Earn 50 hours of continuing education (CE) - You can start earning CE 30 days prior to your nominee acceptance date through a variety of qualifying activities. CE credit can also be earned during your exam preparation and after passing the exams.

For more information about the exams, applicable fees and upcoming exam registration dates, visit our ACMPE examination page.

Contact ACMPE Forum Representative for NH: Bonnie Fessenden, CMPE. Email: bonnie.fessenden@snhhs.org

Degree Award

As a commitment to our mission, we offer a $1000 educational scholarship to one of our members currently attending a college or university and working towards a undergraduate or graduate degree in a field related to medical practice management.

Application deadline for this scholarship is May 1, each year.

Download Award Criteria

Download Award Application

ACMPE Award

This award promotes the personal and professional growth of healthcare leaders, as Nominees pursue certification. 

An award is given to members who best satisfy award requirements. Criteria that the Committee will consider in awarding the ACMPE Award include, but are not limited to: financial need, commitment to making progress toward certification, involvement in the New Hampshire MGMA and proven potential and commitment to medical practice management. This award is only available to members of New Hampshire MGMA in good standing for at least one year.

The amount of the award may vary year to year, pending availability of funds. The ACMPE Award will be awarded in $100 increments, up to $700.

Applications should be submitted to the ACMPE College Forum Representative by May 1 each year.

Download the ACMPE Award Application

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