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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in Alaska

Prospective medical assistants (MAs) in Alaska must first obtain a high school diploma or a GED. The Alaska State Medical Board does not license MAs, nor does it require MAs to earn national certification. However, it does have strict parameters regulating the types of duties MAs can perform. An Alaskan MA’s tasks may vary depending on employer and national certification status, but the following delegation restrictions apply to all MAs working in the state of Alaska:

  • Delegated duties must be within the assistant’s scope of practice
  • A licensed physician must first determine the patient’s physical condition
  • The assistant must first acquire documented training that demonstrates her ability to perform tasks
  • MAs must be supervised by a physician or physician assistant, who must remain available in person or via telephone throughout their shifts

MAs in Alaska are prohibited from several delegated tasks, including:

  • Administration of injections unless supervised by a physician or a physician assistant
  • Medication administration for unstable conditions
  • Oral tracheal suction
  • Communicating verbal medication or care instructions without written documentation
  • Sterile wound evaluation

Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across Alaska

LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Anchorage780$18.41$38,290
Fairbanks180$18.93$39,380

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