Q. What is the difference between a medical assistant and a nursing assistant, or a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?
A. Medical assistants work primarily in clinics and medical offices under direct physician supervision, and nursing assistants work primarily in hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. CMAs (AAMA) are educated in and tested on clinical and administrative duties. CNAs provide bedside care at inpatient settings.