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MAST 2500 - Medical Assistant Refresher/Exam Review

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

This course provides a capstone review for students or graduates from medical assistant programs and experienced medical assistants who are preparing to take the national certification exam. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon successful completion of this review course, students will be able to use appropriate and professional communication in the medical office to promote healthy behaviors relating to a diverse population.


  1. Identify and define medical terms, word parts, and abbreviations related to all body systems.
  2. Distinguish between normal function and pathology of the body.
  3. Differentiate between legal, ethical, and moral issues affecting healthcare including standard of practice and HIPAA.
  4. Compare body structure and function of the human body across the life span.
  5. Recognize elements of fundamental writing skills.
  6. Identify resources required to instruct patients according to their needs to promote health maintenance and disease prevention.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe administrative functions in the medical office.


  1. Differentiate between electronic versus paper methods for filing and record keeping.
  2. Identify critical information required for patient appointment scheduling, patient admissions or procedures.
  3. Identify types of records, equipment, and supplies needed for record keeping.
  4. Identify types of insurance plans and models of managed care.
  5. Distinguish between diagnostic and procedural coding.
  6. Differentiate between bookkeeping, accounting, and accounts receivable and payable.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to describe clinical skills utilized in the medical office.


  1. Identify the infection cycle, asepsis, and infection control procedures.
  2. Identify proper equipment and assist with patient assessment including measurement and positioning and minor surgical procedures.
  3. Identify proper equipment, placement, patient preparation, and instruction for the procedures.
  4. Recognize OSHA standards, laboratory safety and equipment.
  5. Differentiate quality control standards.
  6. Recognize components of nutrition, food pyramid, and therapeutic diets.
  7. Identify classifications, effects, side effects, and adverse reactions of medications.
  8. Identify proper dosages, units of measure, and abbreviations in calculating medication dosages.
  9. Describe personal protective equipment, body mechanics, and safety techniques to prevent accidents, evacuation in a healthcare environment, fire safety, and an emergency plan for emergencies or natural disaster.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to calculate proper medication dosages.


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic math computations such as fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  2. Locate dosage strengths utilizing oral and parenteral medication labels.
  3. Calculate dosage strengths utilizing oral and parenteral medication labels.
  4. State the rules of medication administration.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to complete mock computerized exams and quizzes in preparation for a national certification examination.


  1. Complete the Mock CMA Exam.
  2. Complete the quizzes assigned by topic.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. General Knowledge
    1. Medical Terminology
    2. Law and ethics
    3. Anatomy and Physiology
    4. Psychology and Stages of Human Growth and Development
    5. Communication: written and mail processing
    6. Patient Education
  2. Review Administrative Knowledge
    1. Administrative Technologies
    2. Appointment Scheduling
    3. Medical Records
    4. Correspondence
    5. Medical Insurance
    6. Medical Coding and Claims
    7. Financial Practices
    8. Practice Management
  3. Review Clinical Knowledge
    1. Microorganisms and Asepsis
    2. Patient Exams, assisting, vital signs
    3. Minor Surgical Procedures
    4. Electrocardiography
    5. Laboratory Procedures/Phlebotomy
    6. Medical Imaging
    7. Physical Modalities
    8. Nutrition
    9. Pharmacology and Medication Administration
    10. Emergency Preparedness

Primary Faculty
Cellitti, Janet
Secondary Faculty
Austin, Delena
Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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