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Study Topics for Medical Assistants

These are the most relevant topics of study for prospective medical assistants. The list is imposing--maybe even scary and discouraging--but you will most likely have a full year to do all of this and, of course, you will have the assistance and encouragement of some terrific teachers.

Small steps ... small steps

A Fairly Complete List of Topics for Medical Assisting

Anatomy & Physiology

Organization of the Body
The Integumentary System
The Skeletal System
The Muscular System
The Cardiovascular System
The Respiratory System
The Nervous System
The Urinary System
The Reproductive Systems
The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
The Digestive System
The Endocrine System
Special Senses

The Medical Office Environment

Principles of Asepsis
Infection Control Techniques
HIV, Hepatitis, and Other Blood-Borne Pathogens
Preparing the Exam and Treatment Areas

Assisting with Patients

Interviewing the Patient, Taking a History, and Documentation
Obtaining Vital Signs and Measurements
Assisting with a General Physical Examination

Specialty Practices and Medical Emergencies

Assisting with Examinations in the Basic Specialties
Assisting with Highly Specialized Examinations
Assisting with Minor Surgery
Assisting with Cold and Heat Therapy and Ambulation
Emergency Preparedness and First Aid
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Physician’s Office Laboratory Procedures

Laboratory Equipment and Safety
Introduction to Microbiology
Collecting, Processing, and Testing Urine Specimens
Collecting, Processing, and Testing Blood Specimens

Nutrition, Pharmacology, and Diagnostic Equipment

Nutrition and Special Diets
Principles of Pharmacology
Drug Administration
Electrocardiography and Pulmonary Function Testing
X-Rays and Diagnostic Radiology