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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in New York

More than 50,000 medical assistants make their living in New York, a state that maintains one of the most narrow scopes of practice for CMAs in the country. Unlike in most states, medical assisting is not considered a licensed profession in New York, and state law prohibits the delegation of clinical duties to any unlicensed support staff.

MAs in this state have extremely limited clinical duties such as monitoring vital signs and obtaining a limited set of lab specimens. State law prohibits MAs from performing the following duties:

  • Triage
  • Administering medications (any pathway)
  • Administering injections or contrast dyes
  • Placing or removing sutures
  • Taking or positioning patients for x-rays
  • Applying casts
  • First assisting with surgical procedures
  • Testing pulmonary function
  • Administering allergy ‘scratch’ tests
  • While clinical support roles are limited, MAs can perform more administrative tasks related to patient billing, appointment scheduling and record keeping.

    Prospective MAs in New York do not need to earn a national certification or a state license to practice, but many employers prefer certified candidates. Students may enroll in diploma, certificate, or degree programs in medical assisting in schools throughout the state.

    Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across New York

    LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
    Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
    New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ15,860$16.38$34,060
    Nassau-Suffolk4,540$16.52$34,370
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls1,110$16.11$33,510
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy1,100$15.63$32,510
    Syracuse990$14.21$29,550
    Rochester770$14.16$29,440
    Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown570$14.89$30,970
    Binghamton310$14.07$29,270
    Utica-Rome210$13.93$28,970
    Glens Falls160$15.15$31,500
    Elmira90$14.09$29,300
    Ithaca80$13.84$28,790
    Kingston70$14.66$30,490

    Resources for Medical Assistants in New York

    • New York State Society of Medical Assistants: NYSSMA is the state affiliate of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Local chapters include Broome County, Capital District, Erie County, Finger Lakes, Monroe County, Nassau County, Onondaga County and Ulster County.
    • New York State Job Bank: This extensive job board allows users to search for all available statewide positions for physician's assistants, as well as dozens of other healthcare occupations. The site also offers resume-building tools and resources for veterans and unemployed individuals.
      • Email
      • Phone: 1-888-4-NYSDOL

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