Medical assistants are extremely versatile in their everyday work. Not only do they perform clinical tasks to involve direct and indirect patient care, but they perform many administrative and clerical tasks as well. While the clerical tasks are a necessary part of the job, most MAs enjoy performing direct patient care. One of the tasks they are responsible for is administering medications.

The first consideration one should keep in mind is that each state has regulations as to what a medical assistant can and cannot administer, as well as who is responsible for them as they are unlicensed workers. Medical assistants are usually allowed to administer oral, intramuscular, or subcutaneous injections as well as inhaled medications such as nebulizer therapy. Proper training and even certification may also be required.

Exactly what an MA is allowed to administer is also determined by the state. For example, in California, medical assistants may legally administer any intramuscular medications, including narcotics, with the exception of an anesthetic or collagen. However, they are not allowed to inject any medication into an IV. They must verify the medication with licensed staff before administration.

For those interested in the field of medical assisting, it's highly recommended to visit their state's medical board website to review the MA scope of practice as well as the training requirements for medication administration.

Amanda Bucceri Androus RN, BSN

Amanda Bucceri Androus RN, BSN

Amanda Bucceri Androus is a Registered Nurse from Sacramento, California. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She began her career working night shifts on a pediatric/ med-surg unit for six years, later transferring to a telemetry unit where she worked for four more years. She currently works as a charge nurse in a busy outpatient primary care department. In her spare time she likes to read, travel, write, and spend time with her husband and two children.
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