Medical assistants (MAs) in Iowa can legally work without certification, but it may be difficult to find a position, since the majority of healthcare providers require it. The most common, and useful, certificate in Iowa is a CMA. Iowa doesn’t directly define the role an MA plays in a healthcare setting, and responsibilities vary according to your certification type.
|Location||Total MAs Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Annual Mean Wage|
|Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013|
|Des Moines-West Des Moines||1,150||$17.38||$36,150|
Resources for Medical Assistants in Iowa
- Iowa Society of Medical Assistants: This is the state professional organization for MAs. It provides a means of connection for MAs across the state as well as holding educational programs for MAs looking to get certified or recertify. ISMA is affiliated with the AAMA.
- Iowa Medical Board: This organization oversees all health care practice and licensure in the state.