Mar 21, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

MA 221 - MA Seminar

Credit Hours: 1

Students participate in discussions and evaluations of their 160-hour Medical Assisting Practicum Experience rotations. During the semester, students will develop case studies identifying strategies to address difficult encounters with patients in ambulatory care settings. Student participation is paramount to this problem-solving process. Students also prepare for the CMA (AAMA) certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants by reviewing core curriculum competencies required of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and participating in mock certification exams containing general, administrative and clinical questions commonly asked on the CMA (AAMA) Exam. Students will also review the exam application process on the AAMA website ( and reiterate the importance of professional membership, involvement and continuing education, as well as examine the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook forecast for the Medical Assisting profession. Résumé preparation and interviewing techniques will also be reviewed.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

  • Recognize the necessary skill set required of an entry-level medical assistant
  • Identify strategies to address difficult patient encounters
  • Analyze interpersonal relationships among the Medical Assistant and other members of the allied healthcare team
  • Discuss the importance of certification, professional membership, involvement and continuing education
  • Identify the career forecast for the Medical Assisting profession

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all courses containing the cognitive objectives, psychomotor competencies and affective behaviors identified by the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines and MAERB Core Curriculum Competency Requirements for Medical Assisting Educational Programs.
Corequisites: MA 223
Concurrent Registration: MA 223
F/S (N)

To be eligible for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting, students must attain a C average or better in all MA courses