New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Medical Assistant

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Salary Job Rate
20-658 Medical Assistant G-8 $34,148 $42,051

Please be advised Examination Number 20-658, Medical Assistant has been suspended. Applications will no longer be accepted. Check back periodically for updates.



Appointees who work in the five boroughs of 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.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must have:

Either 1. completed an approved Medical Assistant Program (see Note 3) which is a minimum of one year in duration;

Or 2. completed an approved Medical Assistant Program (see Note 3) which is less than one year in duration AND post Medical Assistant Program experience in a clinical/health care setting that together equals at least one year;

Or 3. a license, limited permit, or be eligible for a limited permit to practice as a Practical Nurse in New York State or Licensed Practical Nurse certification.


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. New York State residence is not required.
  3. Your program must be accredited through the New York State Education Department (either as a higher educational institution or through the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision), the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). If your education in this field is from an institution outside the United States, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. This information can also be found on the Internet at You must pay the required evaluation fee.

The Positions

The majority of the positions are located at the SUNY Upstate Medical University. There are (4) positions at the Department of Civil Service, one (1) position at SUNY Brockport, one (1) position at SUNY Geneseo, one (1) position at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, (2) positions at SUNY Binghamton, (2) positions at SUNY Buffalo University, (3) positions with SUNY Brockport, (1) position at SUNY Albany, and (1) position at SUNY Potsdam.

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As a Medical Assistant, you would perform clinical, laboratory, and clerical support activities. Duties would include, but not necessarily be limited to: preparing patients for examination, taking and recording patient vital signs and blood pressure, performing simple treatment procedures such as EKG's and changing non-sterile dressings; performing standardized, routine laboratory procedures such as phlebotomy and patient specimen collection and processing. You may also perform routine clerical activities such as patient reception, producing reports, answering telephones, scheduling appointments, checking insurance eligibility, and collecting payments.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications your training and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. This evaluation will concentrate on your training and experience. It is essential that you describe your training experience as completely as possible on the examination application NYS-APP form. Ambiguity, vagueness or omissions will not be decided in your favor. Do NOT send resumes. If you need more space, attach additional 8.5" x 11" sheets, following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after the last day for filing.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How to Apply

Please be advised Examination Number 20-658, Medical Assistant has been suspended effective midnight September 30, 2019. Applications will no longer be accepted. Check back periodically for updates.

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How to Apply

Please be advised Examination Number 20-658, Medical Assistant has been suspended effective midnight September 30, 2019. Applications will no longer be accepted. Check back periodically for updates.

Retest Policy

Qualified candidates may file as frequently as once a year, but a new application is required each time.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for one year. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

Reissued: 1/19

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