MA 221 - MA Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
Students attend and participate in discussions and evaluations of their medical office practicum. When identified, problems in the medical field as they relate to students are assessed and analyzed and solutions are formulated. Student participation is paramount to this course and the problem-solving process. Students in this course are also introduced to resume preparation, job opportunities available to graduates and interviewing techniques, continuing education options and the CMA profession. Preparation for the American Association of Medical Assistants certification examination is facilitated through an introduction of an examination review book.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- practice the skills necessary to work as a proficient medical assistant and team player;
- role-play verbal and non-verbal communication styles;
- role-play positive and negative interactions in the medical office with regard to legal, ethical and personal boundaries;
- identify the various relationships between the medical assistant and other members of the healthcare team;
- discuss current medical issues and their relationship to the practicing medical assistant;
- identify the various kinds of job opportunities available to medical assisting graduates and the process of completing a job application form and resume;
- demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity and the special needs community; and
- identify the importance of continued education and involvement in professional organizations applicable to medical assisting career success and advancement.
Prerequisites: All courses listed for the first three semesters, or equivalent with permission of instructor, or permission of MA program director.
Corequisites: MA 220, EG 009, and PS 100.
Concurrent Registration: MA 223 and MA 229.