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Medical assistants (MAs) work in hospitals, clinics or outpatient facilities and play important roles in direct patient care, laboratory testing, and office administration and bookkeeping. Looking ahead, U.S. nurse and physician shortages, combined with the growing needs of an aging population, virtually guarantee that the scope of a medical assistant’s duties are only going to expand. Out of this demand for qualified workers, some states are already revising laws to empower medical assistants to receive greater levels of training and responsibility from the nurses and doctors that supervise them.
The role of medical assistants varies widely from state to state, so it’s important to check your state’s MA legislative definitions and certification procedures. You’ll find this information, as well as salary and employment statistics, in our state overviews below. Simply select your state to review the information.