Medical assistants (MAs) in Arkansas are unlicensed health care professionals authorized to perform certain tasks delegated by state-licensed physicians and physician assistants. As in other states, most MA positions are only available to applicants who hold a high school diploma or GED. Arkansas MAs do not need to earn certification in order to work.
The Arkansas State Medical Board has strict regulations when it comes to tasks MAs may perform, and, under state law, physicians are ultimately responsible for the MAs. All delegated medical tasks performed must be supervised by a physician.
There are a number of duties that MAs are prohibited from performing in Arkansas. These include:
- Administration of anesthesia
- Tasks beyond the supervising physician’s authority
- Tasks beyond the MA’s level of competence