Medical assistants are unlicensed individuals who perform non-invasive routine technical support services under the supervision of a licensed physician and surgeon or podiatrist in a medical office or clinic setting. The supervising physician and surgeon or podiatrist must be on the premises in order for the medical assistant to perform those non-invasive techinical support services. The only exception is outlined in Business and Professions Code, Section 2069 (a) (1) and Health and Safety Code 1204(a) which applies only to licensed "community clinics" or "free clinics".
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.