MEA 270 Medical Assistant Seminar

Campus Location:
Effective Date:
MEA 125, MEA 151, MEA 170

MEA 290

Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course examines specialty areas of employment for medical assistants and reinforces roles, responsibilities, and practice implications. Review for the certified medical assistant (CMA) exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) is included.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

Medical Assistant Program Manual

Allied Health/Science Department Program Student Policy Manual medical dictionary

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Assess general, administrative, and clinical medical assisting knowledge. (CCC 1, 2, 3 ,4; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  2. Demonstrate the importance of continuing education and obtaining the CMA credential offered by the AAMA. (CCC 5; PGC 4, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Assess general, administrative, and clinical medical assisting knowledge.
    1. Describe and explain the profession of medical assisting.
    2. Identify, define, and spell common medical terms and abbreviations.
    3. Describe and identify the different structures and functions of the body’s systems.
    4. Recall the different terms associated with the mechanisms of disease, and identify the major diseases and disorders that affect the body’s systems.
    5. Distinguish and classify the different microorganisms of the body, and explain their role in the cycle of infection.
    6. Recognize and describe terminology and principals of general psychology.
    7. Identify and recall nutrition and health promotion.
    8. Recall and identify laws and ethical situations that affect medicine.
    9. Describe and demonstrate front office duties of a medical receptionist.
    10. Demonstrate and differentiate the types of appointments, scheduling, and filing in the medical office.
    11. Identify and describe the importance of communication in the medical office.
    12. Identify and demonstrate the ability to perform basic computer and technology functions.
    13. Recognize and describe terminology and functions of financial management.
    14. Identify and describe different types of medical insurance and the terminology used.
    15. Identify and demonstrate medical coding.
    16. Identify and explain blood-borne pathogens and the proper techniques for performing medical and surgical asepsis.
    17. Describe and demonstrate the medical assistant’s role in preparing a patient.
    18. Recall and describe how to obtain vital signs and measurements and what constitutes normal ranges.
    19. Recognize and identify general pharmacology, including the classifications, uses, and effects of different drugs on the body’s systems.
    20. Describe and recall the administration of medication, including the seven rights.
    21. Recall and explain electrocardiography and conditions, structures, and functions of the heart.
    22. Recall and describe terminology, assessment techniques, and treatments used in physical therapy.
    23. Identify and recall the different types of diagnostic imaging and the medical assistant’s role in preparing the patient.
    24. Recognize and describe medical emergencies and the different types of first aid that may be required of a medical assistant.
    25. Recall and describe the medical assistant’s role in collecting and processing specimens.
  2. Demonstrate the importance of continuing education and obtaining the CMA credential offered by the AAMA.
    1. Discuss the importance of continuing education required to be a CMA.
    2. Discuss the importance of obtaining the CMA (AAMA) credential.
    3. Prepare for and complete mock CMA (AAMA) exams.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Summative Tests (5)  equally weighted


Summative Final Test (1)


Summative Lab Competencies (3) equally weighted


Formative Reading Lessons/Assignments (25) equally weighted


Summative Health Fair Brochure (1)


Summative Research Presentation (1)




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Exhibit effective nonverbal, verbal, and written communication in patient/client and family interventions and education and in professional relationships.
  2. Exercise independent judgment and critical thinking in performance of medical assisting, according to the profession’s standards of practice.
  3. Demonstrate professional patterns of behavior consistent with the profession’s code of ethics.
  4. Demonstrate clinical competence by performing a full range of medical assistant procedures on all patient population.
  5. Demonstrate administrative competence by performing a full range of medical assistant procedures on all patient population.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.