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Each topic area makes up a certain percentage of the exam and involves detailed concepts and skills students must know to be successful.
1. Anatomy and Physiology
The Anatomy and Physiology section includes 24 questions related to two specific areas:
It’s crucial for any medical assistant to understand the basics of anatomy and physiology. If someone isn’t up to speed on these foundational concepts and skills, it will be practically impossible to work in the medical field!
The Phlebotomy section is made up of 50 questions pertaining to instances when a medical assistant may need to assist with phlebotomy procedures.
This includes skills such as:
Though some healthcare facilities have a dedicated team of phlebotomy technicians, medical assistants need to know these skills in certain cases.
The EKG section includes 22 questions about EKG machines in clinical settings.
Overall students must be able to:
Conduct EKG tests
Monitor EKG machines
Use a 12 lead Holter Monitor
Duties involving EKGs most often fall to EKG technicians, but in some cases a medical assistant may be asked to assist in monitoring the patient during the testing.
4. Safety & Infection Control
The Safety & Infection Control section has 39 questions surrounding daily safety practices a medical assistant is expected to follow.