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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in New Jersey

In order to work as a licensed medical assistant in New Jersey, students must graduate from a medical assisting program accredited by the CAAHEP or ABHES
and earn a national certification. Unlike many states that defer judgement to supervising physicians, New Jersey maintains highly specific rules defining the circumstances under which MAs can work independently. State law also defines exceptions to certain MA responsibilities.

For example, according to New Jersey Administrative Code, MAs may administer intradermal, intramuscular, or subcutaneous injections as directed by their supervising physician. However, MAs may not administer injections of any substance related to:

  • Allergenic testing or treatment
  • Local anesthetics
  • Controlled dangerous substances
  • Experimental drugs including any drug that is not FDA-approved
  • Antineoplastic chemotherapeutic agents

While New Jersey maintains one of the most strict MA licensing definitions in the country, medical assistants in this state generally enjoy a wide scope of practice. Clinical duties include:

  • Administering medications and injections
  • Assisting with minor surgical procedures
  • Positioning patients for diagnostic testing
  • Applying casts and bandages

Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across New Jersey

LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Newark-Union, NJ-PA4,200$16.11$33,510
Edison-New Brunswick3,020$14.85$30,880
Atlantic City-Hammonton550$13.66$28,400
Ocean City80$13.72$28,540

Resources for Medical Assistants in New Jersey

  • New Jersey State Society of Medical Assistants: NJSMA is the state affiliate of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Local chapters include Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden-Gloucester, Essex, Hudson County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Somerset, Sussex County and Union County.
  • New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners: This state board oversees all medical licensing in New Jersey, including the standards and scopes of practice applied to medical assistants and certified medical assistants.

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