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:
- 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.
Read on to find out more about online medical assistant certification in New York.