Aspiring medical assistants (MA) in South Dakota must first earn their high school diploma or GED and register with the Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners in order to legally work in the state. They need to prove that they have completed a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which ensures that they have received an education that is up to the standards of the field.
As well as requiring registration with the state, South Dakota provides a scope of tasks that MAs may perform and be responsible for under the direct supervision of physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, or nurse midwives. Below is a selection of these responsibilities:
- Aseptic procedures
- Blood withdrawal and non-intravenous injections
- Administer basic first aid
- Collect routine laboratory specimen
- Perform basic laboratory procedures
- Perform general administrative duties