RMA vs Nurse


What is the scope of practice of a RMA vs a nurse. I'm from a rural area, and never heard of a Registered Medical Assistant, until one was in my hospital orientation group. I thought I'd ask here, since Google didn't answer my curiosity.


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Specializes in Hospice, Med/Surg, ICU, ER. Has 9 years experience.

The major difference is scope of practice.

A RMA is certificated; a nurse (or MD) is licensed. A nurse has a mandated by law scope of practice. A RMA's scope of practice is defined by the license and policy of the nurse or doctor he/she works under.

So.... a nurse may work independently under their mandated scope of practice; a RMA MUST work under the license and direction of a nurse or MD. Practically speaking, as a RMA, I did just about everything I now do as a nurse, for alot less pay, and someone else was always responsible for my practice.

Does this help you?

Specializes in Assisted Living Nurse Manager.

There are RMA's and CMA's. They are both medical assistants that do not carry a license. They are both certified through differnt certifying agencys. The Registered Medical Assistant is registered through the American Board of Medical technologists

http://www.amt1.com/site/epage/15331_315.htmts ,

and the Certified Medical Assistant is certified through the American Association of Medical Assistants www.aama-ntl.org.

It all depends on who is the accrediting body for the school they have obtained their diploma through.

There is a quite a difference between a medical assistant and a nurse. As the other poster stated a medical assistant works under the physicians license where as a nurse carries their on license. I used to be a medical assistant and am now a nurse. Hope this answers some of your questions. For more information about medical assistants and what they do, browse the links I posted.

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