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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in Pennsylvania

Medical assistants in Pennsylvania are not required to have a certification to work, but a good education and credential are a huge advantage. While some states have laws outlining the specific tasks medicals assistant may perform, Pennsylvania allows physicians to delegate whatever duties they see fit to medical assistants, so long as certain conditions are met. Among their many responsibilities, Pennsylvania’s MAs are called upon to:

  • Perform aseptic procedures
  • Take vital signs
  • Prepare patients for the physician’s care
  • Perform venipunctures and non-intravenous injections
  • Observe and reporting patients’ signs or symptoms
  • Administer basic first aid
  • Collect routine laboratory specimens as directed by the physician
  • Administer medication as directed by the physician
  • Perform basic laboratory procedures
  • Perform office procedures including all general administrative duties required by the physician
  • Perform dialysis procedures, including home dialysis

Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across Pennsylvania

LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Philadelphia8,050$16.13$33,550
Pittsburgh5,460$13.58$28,240
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ1,740$14.86$30,900
Harrisburg-Carlisle1,710$14.23$29,600
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre1,090$13.69$28,470
Lancaster790$13.69$28,480
York-Hanover750$14.32$29,780
Reading660$14.41$29,970
Erie510$12.82$26,660
Altoona300$12.56$26,130
Johnstown300$12.15$25,270
Williamsport180$13.55$28,190
Lebanon170$14.19$29,520
State College140$14.28$29,700

Resources for Medical Assistants in Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania Society of Medical Assistants: Connecting with your local branch of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) can provide networking opportunities and information about the areas largest employers. These professional organization also help with continuing education for maintaining your certification.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health: The state's governmental body in charge of monitoring public health, reducing risk of disease and accidents, and advocating healthier lifestlyes for Pennsylvania's population.

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