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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in Texas

There is no requirement for medical assistant certification in Texas, though obtaining certification may increase your employability. 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

For additional information on medical assistant certification in Texas and to explore medical assistant Texas salary data, please read on.



Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across Texas

Medical Assistant Salary in Texas
LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2016
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land13,280$14.66$30,500
San Antonio-New Braunfels5,530$14.48$30,130
Fort Worth-Arlington5,480$15.09$31,390
Austin-Round Rock3,650$15.28$31,770
El Paso1,780$12.11$25,200
Corpus Christi1,010$12.74$26,500
Beaumont-Port Arthur620$13.67$28,440
College Station-Bryan380$14.94$31,070
San Angelo180$13.72$28,540
Wichita Falls300$13.96$29,030
Texarkana, TX-AR140$13.33$27,730

Scholarships in Texas

Scholarships for medical assistant students in the state of Texas
ScholarshipAward AmountDue DateAdditional Information
NAAMA Houston Chapter Medical Student Scholarship ProgramUp to $1,500TBAApplicants must be of Arab heritage. They should be enrolled full time in an internationally recognized healthcare-related school in Houston or a surrounding area. Recipients must attend AAMA meetings while training in Houston.
APIASF/United Health Foundation Scholarship$5,000TBAApplicants must be of Asian/Pacific Islander ethnicity and pursuing a degree that leads to healthcare-related professional. Must be from Texas or other eligible states listed on web site.
VAMA-GH Medical Student Scholarship$1,500TBAApplicants must be of Vietnamese descent, enrolled in a school in the Greater Houston area, with an interest in pursuing medicine.

Resources for Medical Assistants in Texas

Visit the links below for more detailed information on earning medical assistant certification 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, and provides additional resources for medical assistant Texas professionals.
  • 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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