Category Archives: Professional Identity

“Registered” vs. “Certified”: A Question of Terminology

A common source of confusion within medical assisting is the question of whether medical assisting credentials with “registered” in the name are superior to medical assisting credentials with “certified” in the name. The answer to this question is no. National … Continue reading

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Can Medical Assistants Oversee and Perform Physical Therapy?

Recently I fielded a question from a chiropractor in New Jersey looking to expand his practice to include services such as physical therapy. In conducting research into this matter, he had been told that in New Jersey, state law allows … Continue reading

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Medical Assistants in Dental Offices

This blog frequently discusses scope-of-practice issues, but health care always provides new questions to examine. This post will address the following: Are medical assistants permitted to work in a dental office under the authority/supervision of a dentist? First of all, it is … Continue reading

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Updated Requirements for Medical Assistants in South Dakota

Under South Dakota law, medical assistants are governed jointly by the Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners and the Board of Nursing. Medical assistants must meet the requirements and register with the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners … Continue reading

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Medical Assisting across State Lines

I recently received the following two questions: Is a medical assistant permitted to cross state lines and work in two different states at the same time? Are there any CMAs (AAMA) working as “traveling medical assistants,” similar to “traveling RNs”? … Continue reading

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