Accreditation, Certification and the CMA (AAMA) Credential, Scope of Practice

Presentation to the NCSBN

I recently presented a webinar for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing entitled “Medical Assistants: Scope of Practice, Education, and Credentialing.”  This webinar was presented to the boards of nursing of the states and territories of the United States.  The content of this webinar will be published in the Public Affairs department in future issues of CMA Today, but I would like to offer the file for download on Legal Eye.

The substance of this presentation is especially helpful for nurses who have limited knowledge about CMAs (AAMA). The information within touches on some of the following subjects:

  • Defining medical assistants vs. nursing assistants and medication aides
  • Legal principles surrounding medical assisting
  • Education of medical assistants—coursework and accreditation
  • State laws governing medical assisting in South Dakota and New Jersey
  • Medical assisting credentials—trends
  • NCCA accreditation
  • Value of the CMA (AAMA) credential
  • Medical assisting scope of practice

Please view and share this presentation. And, as always, contact me with any questions regarding the legal aspects of the profession.

11 thoughts on “Presentation to the NCSBN”

  1. Hi Don! I read the entire slide presentation and am forwarding it to our 3 largest health care employers here in Northeast Ohio. Again, you did an outstanding job in presenting the information clearly and succinctly. I believe this might help move us toward increasing the medical assistants scope of practice here in our state. As we move to incoorporate the PCMH model here, I believe this type of documentation will go a long way in providing clarity as to what a Certified Medical Assistant(AAMA) can do for the health care profession. You’re the best and I appreciate all you do for all of us.

  2. With your permission, I too plan to share the presentation with potential practicum sites as well as our ambulatory care centers. Thank you for a great marketing tool.

  3. I do have a question regarding injections in NJ. What exactly is the scope of this, certified and not being certified?

    1. Thank you for your question. I will send to you e-mail my legal opinion letter for New Jersey and the regulations of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners that delineate what types of injections physicians are permitted to delegate to medical assistants who have completed formal medical assisting education and who have a medical assisting credential recognized by the NJ BOME.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Executive Director, Legal Counsel

      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 |

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