If you are hoping to become a medical assistant (MA) in Massachusetts, you need to first earn a high school diploma or GED. MAs are not required to be certified to work in the state.
The Massachusetts Society of Medical Assistants defines the scope of Certified Medical Assistants in the state as, “Delegated clinical and administrative duties within the supervising physician’s scope of practice consistent with the CMA’s education, training and experience. Such duties shall not constitute the practice of medicine.” Within that scope, you may be asked to do the following, among other duties:
- Clinical procedures, such as injections, calling in prescriptions, or drawing blood
- Telephone health screenings for patients
- Recording patient data
- Checking patient vital signs
- Scheduling patients and other administrative duties
- Changing dressings