Medical assistants are unlicensed individuals who perform non-invasive
routine technical support services under the supervision of a licensed physician
and surgeon, podiatrist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife
in a medical office or clinic setting. The supervisor must be on
the premises in order for the medical assistant to perform those non-invasive technical
Medical assistants may obtain "certified" status through private agencies approved
by the Medical Board of California.
A list of "Frequently Asked Questions" addressing the appropriate training, supervision,
and scope of practice issues, is available to assist members of the public and profession
to understand the role of the medical assistant within the health care system.
A copy of the Business and Professions Code, the Health and Safety Code, and the
California Code of Regulations, relating to the scope of practice of medical assistants
in the State of California, may be obtained below.