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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in Georgia

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.

Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across Georgia

LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Albany530$11.47$23,850
Athens-Clarke County470$14.02$29,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta10,820$14.40$29,960
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC1,020$14.33$29,800
Brunswick180$15.53$32,310
Columbus, GA-AL960$12.22$25,430
Dalton220$13.61$28,310
Gainesville760$14.65$30,470
Hinesville-Fort Stewart60$14.22$29,570
Macon570$14.24$29,630
Rome200$13.71$28,530
Savannah710$13.44$27,960
Valdosta260$12.44$25,880
Warner Robins220$13.26$27,580

Resources for Medical Assistants in Georgia

  • Georgia Composite Medical Board Laws: Item 43-34-23 goes into further detail of who is allowed to delegate tasks to medical assistants. The Georgia Composite Medical Board is in charge of approving licensing and investigating violations.

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