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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in Massachusetts

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

Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across Massachusetts

LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy8,240$19.02$39,570
Springfield1,300$16.46$34,240
Worcester1,080$16.57$34,460
Framingham520$17.84$37,110
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford460$17.05$35,460
Peabody400$16.91$35,160
Barnstable Town370$17.64$36,680
New Bedford310$14.58$30,320
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton290$17.36$36,100
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury290$17.02$35,390
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner230$18.18$37,800
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem200$15.21$31,640
Pittsfield180$15.34$31,900
Taunton-Norton-Raynham80$15.33$31,890

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