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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.

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF MEDICAL PRACTICE EXECUTIVES
CERTIFICATION CHANGES DUE JANUARY 1, 2019

  • Board eligible classification: Candidates will be allowed to enter the program even if they may not yet meet the education and experience requirements. Candidates must show an understanding and knowledge of the principles of medical practice administration by passing the multiple-choice exam. Certification will be achieved by passing the scenario-based exam, complete the required 50 continuing education credit hours and attain a Bachelor’s degree or 120 college credits and two years of healthcare experience.

  • Continuing education credits include 30 hours from MGMA state and national learning, including at least 12 LIVE hours. The remaining 20 hours may come from either MGMA or qualified outside sources. This will also apply to the 50 hours of continuing education required every three years to remain certified.

  • If you enter the board certification program in 2019, you will have to complete your exam and 50 hours of CE within three years of application date.

  • FELLOWSHIP-Starting in 2019 for the Fellowship program, you must have either a Bachelor’s degree and seven years of healthcare experience or a Master’s degree and five years of experience. At least two years must be in a leadership role. There will be a requirement of six volunteer hours (3 hours from healthcare, 3 hours of community service). Professional paper submission will be phased out and a move towards submission of innovative business plan proposals. Candidates who enter the Fellowship program in 2019 will have two years from the application date to complete the requirements.

PATHS TO CERTIFICATION

PATHWAY 1

STEP ONE: Apply

  • Have two years of healthcare experience
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or 120 Hours of College Credit
  • Be a current MGMA Member
  • Pay a one-time application fee

STEP TWO: BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED

  • Register and pass multiple choice exam
  • Register and pass the scenario-based exam
  • Earn 50 continuing education credit hours
  • - 30 hours from MGMA resources
  • (12 ours required from MGMA
  • national/state face-to-face events)
  • - 20 additional hours from qualified sources

STEP THREE: MAINTAIN YOUR CMPE CREDENTIAL

  • Submit 50 CE hours every three years
  • Remain MGMA member

PATHWAY 2

STEP ONE: APPLY

  • Be a current MGMA Member
  • Pay a one-time application fee

STEP TWO: BECOME BOARD ELIGIBLE

  • Register and pass multiple choice exam

STEP THREE: BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED

  • Earn a Bachelor’s degree or 120 Hours of college credit
  • Obtain 2 years of healthcare experience
  • Register and Pass the scenario-based exam
  • Earn 50 continuing education credit hours
  • - 30 hours from MGMA resources
  • (12 ours required from MGMA
  • national/state face-to-face events)
  • - 20 additional hours from qualified sources

STEP FOUR: MAINTAIN YOUR CMPE CREDENTIAL

  • Submit 50 CE hours every three years
  • Remain MGMA member

FELLOWSHIP (AS OF JANUARY 1ST, 2019)

STEP ONE: QUALIFY AND APPLY 

  • Earn the Certified Medical Practice
    Exceutive (CMPE) credential 
  • Be a current MGMA member 
  • Pay a one-time application fee
  • Submit your Fellowship program application 
  • Hold a Bachelor's degree with at least seven 
    years of healthcare experience, including 
    two years in a leadership role. 

_____________OR_______________

  • Hold a Master's degree with at least five
    years of healthcare experience, including
    two years in leadership role.

STEP TWO: PREPARE A BUSINESS PLAN 

  • Identify a relevant problem in healthcare 
    which requires an innovative solution and is 
    tied to the Body of Knowledge for Medical
    Practice Management. 
  • Develop a strategic business plan for 
    implementing an innovative solution to the 
    chosen problem or issue. Business plan
    must meet approved format. 
  • Complete six volunteers hours 

STEP THREE: MAINTAIN YOUR FACMPE CREDENTIAL 

  • Submit 50 continuing education (CE) hours every three years.
    - 30 hours from MGMA resources 
    (12 ours required from MGMA
      national/state face-to-face events)
    - 20 additional hours from qualified sources 
  • Complete six volunteer hours. 
  • Remain an MGMA member.


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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