Colorado residents who wish to pursue a career in medical assisting (MA) should first obtain a high school degree or GED. This level of education is generally required by all MA training programs and employers. MAs are not required to obtain certification from a national credentialing agency.
According to the Colorado Bar Association, MAs are considered unlicensed “delegates” under Colorado’s Medical Practice Act. This means it is the responsibility of a physician present to determine whether an MA has received the training necessary to perform certain supervised tasks. Here are some medical tasks MAs can be delegated under supervision in Colorado:
- Tasks that fall under the supervising physician’s authority and training
- Tasks that the supervising physician is insured to perform
- Prescription refills only
There are a number of tasks that MAs are prohibited from performing in Colorado. These include:
- Prescribing medication (except for refills)
- MAs cannot delegate tasks to other medical personnel
- Supervised tasks outside of the MA’s scope of training
Read on to find out more about online medical assistant certification in Colorado.