Medical Assisting in New York

New York State is in the top tier for a high employment level of medical assistants. Currently 23,970 people work in medical assisting across the state, with the majority being employed in the New York City area. Nearly 20 million people live in New York State, so there is huge pressure on healthcare facilities to meet the demands put on their services. As a result, there is a high demand for medical assistants and this demand is expected to continue.

Although there is no legal requirement for general medical assistants to become Certified or Registered after completing their training, these certification credentials can help increase employment options. New York state law does not consider medical assisting a licensed profession and unlicensed support staff such as medical assistants are prohibited from performing most clinical duties. Therefore the type of clinical tasks that can be delegated to medical assistants are limited, but they can perform administrative duties.

Medical assistants in New York State and NYC earn higher than average pay for this profession. The average hourly rate of pay is $16.48 and the yearly salary $34,280.

Support and advice for its members is offered by the AAMA affiliated New York State Society of Medical Assistants (NYSSMA) and there are local chapters in the following areas:

  • Broome
  • Capital District
  • Erie
  • Finger Lakes
  • Monroe
  • Nassau
  • Onondaga
  • Ulster

New York Medical Assistant Schools and Programs

Plaza College

Plaza College in Forest Hills offers students the chance to train on a 2 year Associate of Applied Science medical assistant degree program. Students will learn the competencies necessary to perform the administrative duties and clinical procedures of a medical assisting role, and will gain important practical experience in a real world setting on an externship placement.


  • Length: 2 years
  • Cost: $19,800
  • Job Placement Rate: Not available

The Allen School of Health Sciences

With campuses located in Brooklyn and Jamaica, the Allen School of Health Sciences offers a medical assistant certificate program. The Allen School’s medical assistant training program prepares you with the skills you need, to gain an entry level position in the rewarding field of healthcare. Students on this program are guaranteed internship experience in a healthcare facility.


  • Length: 9 months
  • Cost: Tuition and fees: $16,380, Books and supplies: $578
  • Job Placement Rate: 71%