To become a medical assistant (MA) in Maryland, you need to earn a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. The state does not require that MAs be certified.
Maryland defines certain tasks that MAs can and cannot perform in healthcare settings. While the specific text of the full list can be found on the Maryland Society of Medical Assistants website, MAs in the state can expect to have the following duties:
- Preparation of specimens, such as pregnancy tests or urinalysis
- Patient history interviews
- Laboratory tests
- Clinical tests, such as electrocardiography, visual tests, or preparing and administering oral drugs
- With supervision:
- Preparing and administering injections
- Injecting dyes or contrast materials
- Establishing peripheral IV lines
- Certain surgical tasks
MAs may also be asked to perform administrative tasks, conduct telephone screenings, record patient data, or change patient dressings.