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Medical Assisting Scope of Practice

The common misconception about a medical assistant’s scope of practice being limited to appointment setting and taking simple patient vital signs is completely inaccurate. State laws allow for an ever expanding scope of practice by medical assistants, so long as certain conditions are met.

The scope of practice of a medical assistant can vary greatly from state to state. According to Michael N. McCarty, JD (Executive Director and Legal Counsel for American Medical Technologist), “While most states still don’t have laws or regulations specifically addressing the practice of medical assisting, the number of states with such laws has continued to grow in recent years. Many states that do not address medical assisting by name nevertheless have statutes or rules acknowledging a licensed practitioner’s authority to delegate clinical tasks to an unlicensed assistant, as long as certain conditions are met.”

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