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Medical Assistant Jobs With State Available Starting at $34,831

Apply Anytime, No Fee; No Written Exam; Experience or Education Needed; Most Open at SUNY Campuses

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The state is accepting applications on a continuous basis for Medical Assistants. The salary is $34,831. 

Appointees who work in New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

There is no application fee.

The Positions

The majority of these positions are located at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Positions also exist at the Department of Civil Service, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Buffalo University, SUNY Albany, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Buffalo State College, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Stony Brook.

Medical Assistants perform clinical, laboratory and clerical-support activities. Duties include preparing patients for examination, taking and recording patient vital signs and blood pressure, performing simple treatment procedures such as EKGs and changing non-sterile dressings; and performing standardized, routine laboratory procedures such as phlebotomy and patient specimen-collection and processing. 

MAs also perform routine clerical activities such as patient reception, producing reports, answering telephones, scheduling appointments, checking insurance eligibility and collecting payments.


On or before the date of filing applications, candidates must have either 1) one year of full-time experience performing clinical and clerical-support activities in a health-care setting, or 2) completion of a college, university, technical school or vocational school medical-assistant program.

College credit must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national or specialized agency recognized by the Department of Education. If an applicant’s college credit was awarded by an institution outside the United States, the applicant must provide independent verification of equivalency. Information on companies that provide this service is available by contacting the Examination Information Desk of the state Department of Civil Service. 

Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis. New York State residence is not required.

Examination Subject

There will be no written test. The Examination Application (NYS-APP) is the test. Applicants’ completed NYS-APP will be the only basis for rating education and experience. Failure to complete the application correctly may result in disqualification. 

Candidates who are disqualified must wait six months to re-apply. The education and experience of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. 

This evaluation will concentrate on education; licenses/certifications such as: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid, advanced cardiovascular life support, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Patient Care Technician or Medical Administrative Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Assistant, LPN or RN; and experience.

Applicants must describe their education and experience as completely as possible on the NYS-APP. Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed NYS-APP.

Final passing scores must be 70 or higher. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to final passing scores.

Complete information on the positions and testing requirements can be found online at The exam application is 20-143.

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