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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in Texas

The Texas state legislature and the Texas Medical Board do not strictly define the functions of medical assistants. As in many states, the official authority to delegate medical care responsibilities in Texas rests with licensed physicians and nurse practitioners. Sec. 157.001 of the Texas Occupations Code loosely defines appropriate tasks for MAs as, “Any medical act that a reasonable and prudent physician would find within the scope of sound medical judgement to delegate.” Physicians must be certain, however, with each task delegated that:

  • Patient care is safely and properly performed
  • The physician remains responsible for the medical task assigned and the MA performing it
  • The decision to delegate does not stand against any existing statute and would be upheld in the event of a medical board review

Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across Texas

LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown13,410$14.05$29,230
San Antonio-New Braunfels5,600$13.35$27,770
Fort Worth-Arlington3,680$14.07$29,270
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos3,230$14.21$29,570
El Paso1,970$11.19$23,270
Corpus Christi960$11.11$23,100
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood770$12.66$26,340
Beaumont-Port Arthur660$12.58$26,160
College Station-Bryan460$13.80$28,700
San Angelo390$12.61$26,240
Wichita Falls320$12.41$25,810
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR230$10.98$22,840

Resources for Medical Assistants in Texas

  • Texas Society of Medical Assistants: This body of MAs in the state is affiliated with the AAMA, the most prominent certifier of MAs in the nation. The TSMA site identifies job openings, support networks and upcoming events relevant to Texas' MAs.
  • Texas Children's Hospital: If you are interested in working with a certain patient group, consider shopping the listings of the major medical centers and facilities in Texas. For instance, if you're interested in working with children and you now live or are interested in living in Houston, Texas Children's Hospital is a great place to get started. TCH is a major healthcare employer in the state and medical professionals are in high-demand.

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