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Those who wish to become a medical assistant must have a solid understanding of front and back medical office
procedures, be organized, alert and familiar with the electronic (EMR) and traditional filing systems (medical
charting) to retrieve and process information quickly and accurately. So, where does the road to success begin?
Some medical assistant students believe that their road to success won't start until they get to their first job
assignment, where they can show what they know and proove themselves to the employer. Nothing could be
further from the truth. SUCCESS BEGINS IN THE CLASSROOM and from there all subsequent efforts to achieve
competence and recognition continue throughout their entire career.
The first day in class is probably the most important! Success depends on
showing a can-do-attitude, engagement and interaction and pro-active
engagement in the clinical lab. There are several stages of development in order
to achieve the required competence to become a medical assistant. According
to Benner's Stages of Clinical Competence (1984), beginners without
experience of the situations in which they are expected to perform are provided
with knowledge. This helps them perform better. Practice and time will mold them
into proficient performers. The expert, in this case the medical assistant
instructor, or doctor no longer relies on an analytic principle (rule, guideline,
maxim) to connect or understand the situation. The medical assistant student
must be taught what doctors want, otherwise any classroom instruction or on the
job training will be in vain.
Here is what most medical assistant students can expect from a typical medical assistant curriculum. Many
medical assistant instructors are now integrating modern technologies, such as mobile devices and pads into
their curriculum, which makes instruction more flexible, interesting and progressive for their students.
1. Anatomy and Physiology
All the body systems
Common pathology/diseases
Diagnostic/treatment modalities
2. Medical Terminology
Basic structure of medical words
Word building and definitions
Applications of medical terminology
3. Medical Law and Ethics
Basic principles
Legal guidelines/requirements for healthcare providers
Medical ethics and related issues
Risk management
5. Communication
Principles of verbal and nonverbal communication
Recognition and response to verbal and nonverbal communication
Adaptations for individualized needs
Applications of electronic technology
Fundamental writing skills
6. Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures
Basic medical office functions
Bookkeeping and basic accounting
Insurance and coding
File management
7. Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures
Asepsis and infection control
Specimen collection and processing
Diagnostic testing
Patient care
Medical emergencies
Principles of radiology
8. Professional Components
Professional appearance and conduct
Job readiness
The externship site provides aspiring medical assistants a new perspective of the work environment an an
opportunity to apply what was taught in the classroom in an actual medical practice before they graduate and
seek a job. These are things that cannot be experienced in an online setting since a distance education program
can only convey theoretical learning, which can be a disadvantage.