In order to become a medical assistant (MA) in Georgia, it is important to first earn at least a high school diploma or GED. Certification is not required to work as a MA, and learning tasks and responsibilities on the job is often sufficient.
Georgia does not have an official list of responsibilities for MAs, though the following were stated as authorized tasks in 2009:
- Subcutaneous and intramuscular injections
- Obtaining vital signs of patients
- Administering nebulizer treatments
A supervising, licensed medical professional (i.e. physician) is not required to be on-site at all times. According to the state laws of Georgia and the Georgia Composite Medical Board, physicians may leave supervision to a physician’s assistant or advanced practice nurse, as long as they are certified to delegate tasks.