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An NCMA is most often employed in medical practices such as physician offices and outpatient clinics.
As part of their daily work, an NCMA is responsible for clinical and administrative duties to ensure a good experience for every patient they encounter.
Now that you know what each certification means, let’s get into the detailed exam topics!
2. What Topics Are on the CCMA and NCMA Exams?
Though the CCMA and NCMA exams are both medical assisting certifications, the tests are surprisingly different!
Each exam emphasizes different topics they believe medical assistants need to know.
Here’s an overview of the breakdown of CCMA and NCMA exam topics:
But what exactly do these topic areas encompass for each exam?
NHA CCMA Exam Topics
The NHA CCMA exam includes 150 questions that fall under seven topic areas called “domains:”
Foundational Knowledge and Basic Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Clinical Patient Care
Patient Care Coordination and Education
Communication and Customer Service
Medical Law and Ethics
The Foundational Knowledge and Basic Science domain concerns the overarching healthcare concepts a medical assistant must know. These include healthcare systems, medical terminology, nutrition, pharmacology, and other fundamental concepts.
The Anatomy and Physiology domain includes the details of what a medical assistant needs to know about organ systems, pathophysiology, disease processes, and microbiology.
The Clinical Patient Care domain is the largest portion of the NHA CCMA exam. That’s because it encompasses most of the duties a medical assistant completes on a daily basis, including general patient care, infection control, lab procedures, phlebotomy, and EKG testing.
The Patient Care Coordination and Education domain covers the ways a CCMA will interact with patients and their families during transition care, team-based patient care, and other unique situations.
The Administrative Assisting domain includes tasks a CCMA may be responsible for in a smaller healthcare facility. This includes scheduling, documentation, working with medical records, and more.
The Communication and Customer Service domain focuses on the ways a medical assistant communicates with patients and other healthcare workers. You’ll find specific items relating to communication styles, telephone etiquette, professionalism, customer service, and more.
The Medical Law and Ethics domain relates to regulations a medical assistant must follow related to patient privacy, the Hippocratic Oath, advanced directives, and more.
Ultimately, your students must be proficient in each of these domains to earn their CCMA certifications.
To see the full details of what your students should expect, you can review the NHA CCMA Test Plan.
NCCT NCMA Exam Topics
The NCCT NCMA exam includes 150 questions across eight areas called “content categories:”
ECG and Other Diagnostic Tests
General Office Procedures
Medical Office General Management
Office Financial Management, Billing, and Insurance
Law and Ethics
The Pharmacology category focuses on areas of pharmacology a medical assistant may be responsible for. This includes information like basic calculations, medication administration, medication documentation, and more.
The Medical Procedures category includes some of the most common processes and duties medical assistants perform on a daily basis, such as infection control, emergency care, patient exams, and basic life support.
The Phlebotomy category relates to phlebotomy processes and procedures that medical assistants need to know. These include patient preparation, order of draw for blood samples, and specimen processing.
The ECG and Other Diagnostic Testscategory is focused on the role of a NCMA in assisting with diagnostic tests, including ECG procedures.
The Medical Office General Management category includes office procedures an NCMA may fulfill that don’t involve patient interactions. These include complying with OSHA guidelines, maintaining Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and complying with accreditation requirements.
The Office Financial Management, Billing, and Insurance category focuses on activities pertaining to patient payments, such as collecting payments, using ICD codes, and complying with regulations related to insurance and billing.
The Law and Ethics category relates to the legal responsibilities a medical assistant must follow. These include scope of practice, disclosure laws, and the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
Overall, each category on the NCCT NCMA exam ensures your students are prepared to work as a multi-skilled medical assistant.