New MS healthcare associate certification exam offered at CMSC Annual Meeting


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The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) is pleased to announce a new certification for Healthcare Associates that includes medical assistants, nursing assistants and physical/occupational therapy assistants who are trained and educated to practice, but not licensed, and have worked in MS for at least one year.

The first MSHA Certification Examination will take place during the 2018 CMSC Annual Meeting, May 30 -June 2, at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, the largest educational conference and professional development event for all healthcare clinicians, researchers, scientists and professionals in trainings engaged in the MS field.

The onsite exam will take place on May 30th and healthcare associates from all over the world will have the opportunity to take this 2-hour examination and be knowledgeable and certified on how to provide optimal care to those individuals and families living with multiple sclerosis. The new MS Healthcare Associate (MSHA) Certification Examination was developed by CMSC in collaboration with Professional Testing Corporation. The exam will also be offered at hundreds of computer test centers during the August 4-18, 2018 summer testing period.

"The complexity of MS and that it is a lifelong neurological disease illness, requires a unique level of treatment and specialized care. This certification program helps people with MS and their families know that they are receiving optimal care from a healthcare associate," said June Halper, Chief Executive Officer, CMSC.

This new examination for all non-licensed, educated and trained medical personnel working in MS will cover the fundamentals of MS including disease process, diagnosis, and the diseases clinical course and natural history. The bulk of the exam will focus on the multidisciplinary management of MS including DMTs, symptoms of MS, rehabilitation strategies, pharmacologic interventions, psychosocial issues as well as health maintenance and models of care. The exam also includes knowledge of patient empowerment, advocacy and family education.

Participants must register online by April 20, 2018 to take the MSHA Certification Examination on May 30th at the CMSC Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN. For more information including exam fees, go to

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, May 30 – June 2, is the only event in North America that provides health care professionals, from a wide range of disciplines, with the latest information, treatment advancements, and research in multiple sclerosis. Conference delegates will learn about cutting edge research findings, the latest clinical advances in the effective comprehensive management of the disease and emerging care issues that will enhance their knowledge and skills. For more information on the CMSC Annual Meeting visit:



CMSC, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, is the leading educational, training, and networking organization for MS healthcare professionals and researchers. The CMSC mission is to promote high quality MS care through educational programming and accreditation including live and online events, research grants, technical journals and papers, and targeted advocacy efforts. The CMSC member network includes more than 11,000 international healthcare clinicians and scientists committed to MS care as well as more than 60 Veterans Administration MS Programs and 225 MS Centers in the US, Canada, and Europe. The 32nd CMSC Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of MS professionals in North America, will take place May 30 – June 2, 2018, in Nashville, TN. For more information visit: Follow CMSC on Twitter: and Facebook: CMSCmscare.

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