Features and Benefits

Personalize learning with MyLab Medical Assisting

MyLab™ Medical Assisting is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students pursue an adaptive test of their knowledge, practice what they’ve learned, and prepare for their certification exam. Content includes comprehensive Homework Questions, Critical Thinking Quizzes, Professionalism Scenarios, and sample Certification Exams. This edition features an update of key Procedural Videos, as well as the inclusion of new video-based Decision-Making Cases, Dynamic Study Modules, and Interactive Procedural Checklists.

  • UPDATED/NEW: Promote critical-thinking and professionalism skills. Professionalism is critical in Health Professions. New video-based Decision-Making Cases, as well as updated Critical-Thinking Quizzes and Professionalism Scenarios, engage students and encourage synthesis and application of information.

  • UPDATED: Bring difficult skills to life. Skills videos are available to watch anytime, anyplace. When they watch experts demonstrate difficult concepts, students will be better prepared to practice in the classroom.

  • UPDATED: Help your students get exam ready! Our practice Certification Exams are modeled after the actual exam blueprint. Upon completion, your student will receive feedback and rationale on each question. MyLab Medical Assisting includes two sets of practice certification exams for both the CMA and RMA, as well as new sample NCMA and CCMA/CMAA exams.

  • NEW: Review essential procedures. Interactive Procedural Checklists allow students to review the steps they need to know to perform medical assisting skills.

  • NEW: Help each student learn through personalized study. Dynamic Study Modules help students study effectively on their own by continuously assessing their activity and performance in real time. Here's how it works: students complete a set of questions with a unique answer format that also asks them to indicate their confidence level. Questions repeat until the student can answer them all correctly and confidently. Once completed, Dynamic Study Modules explain the concept using materials from the text. These are available as graded assignments prior to class, and accessible on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

  • Digital access anytime, anywhere. The Pearson eText 2.0 gives students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere. Features include note taking, highlighting, and bookmarking. Instructors can share their comments or highlights, and students can add their own, creating a tight community of learners in your class. The Pearson eText companion app allows existing subscribers to access their titles on an iPad or Android tablet for either online or offline viewing.

Pearson’s Comprehensive Medical Assisting, Fourth Edition, features:


Procedural Skills–Speak directly to the medical assisting student, presenting all the procedures and tasks that are relevant to the medical assistant role:

  • UPDATED: Meets all of the new standards and guidelines published by CAAHEP (the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) and ABHES (Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools) to give learners the most current, accurate information possible.

  • UPDATED: Mapping documents show where CAAHEP and ABHES standards are met. This allows educators to quickly align their instruction with the standards.

  • UPDATED: Uses a foundation of specific learning objectives and a resulting outline for the development of the text and all of its supplements. This process ensures a comprehensive, cohesive teaching and learning experience.

  • UPDATED: Speaks directly to the student who is preparing to become a medical assistant by focusing on the information and tasks that are essential to the medical assistant’s scope of practice. The comprehensive material provided will also prepare the student to confidently sit for the certification exams for which they are eligible.

  • UPDATED: 227 Procedures—including 32 new Procedures—give students all they need to know to perform medical assisting skills and include an Objective, Equipment and Supplies list, Method, Charting Example, Photos and Drawings, and Notes. The Procedures are designed to meet the CAAHEP Psychomotor (Skills) Standards.

  • UPDATED: Chapter learning objectives have been carefully created to meet all of the CAAHEP Cognitive (Knowledge) Standards, including concepts such as the patient navigator, patient coaching, newly introduced  legal terminology, and patient-centered medical homes.

  • Chapter outlines guide students through the topics of the chapter, helping them focus their reading.

  • Terms to Learn highlight key words and concepts the first time they appear in the chapter.

  • Color photographs and drawings bring the world of medical assisting to life. They illustrate key procedures, important concepts, equipment, and interactions between MAs, patients, and other staff.

  • Tables present topics in an at-a-glance format.

  • Boxes separate and highlight special information.

People Skills—Cover people and communication skills that are essential to being a successful medical assistant:

  • Professionalism: The Lifespan helps students develop the skills to relate to patients of all ages.

  • Professionalism: Cultural Considerations give students the skills to connect with both patients and other health professionals from diverse backgrounds.

  • Professionalism: The Workplace explores topics and issues students may encounter during participation in an externship program.

Professional Skills—Instill concepts and critical-thinking skills needed to succeed as a medical assistant professional:

  • Professionalism features provide tips for how to be professional in the medical office.

  • Judgment Call features provide critical-thinking opportunities for students throughout the chapters.

  • Case studies give brief scenarios that help students understand how the chapter information will relate to their careers.

  • Critical-thinking questions refer back to the case study at the beginning of the chapter.

  • Professionalism: The Law tells students how to act like a professional when dealing with legal issues.

  • The chapter summary reiterates the important topics from the chapter.

  • Competency Reviews test students’ retention of key concepts.

  • On the Job exercises help students increase retention and success by linking concepts to their future job functions. These specific activities require the student to use higher levels of information processing, an important component of the learning experience.

  • Internet Activities challenge students to complete activities online to advance their understanding.


Overview

Help students develop the procedural, people, and professional skills they need to succeed in the medical assisting profession.


Pearson’s Comprehensive Medical Assisting, Fourth Edition, offers a step-by-step, competency-based approach that covers virtually all facets of the medical assisting profession. Filled with 227 Procedures (32 of which are new), and a variety of workplace scenarios and critical-thinking exercises, the book helps students gain the procedural, people, and professional skills that are fundamental to being an effective Medical Assistant.


The Fourth Edition was reconceived around the latest standards and guidelines published by CAAHEP (the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) and ABHES (Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools). In this groundbreaking approach, the text’s learning objectives were rewritten to directly conform to the standards, and all content was reorganized to flow from these objectives. Mapping documents demonstrate where standards for both of the accrediting bodies are met.


To ensure a comprehensive, cohesive teaching and learning experience, the Fourth Edition’s ancillaries also underwent a comprehensive update, and, in the case of the Student Workbook, a significant revision. The detailed, in-depth, follow-along study guide feature, found at the beginning of each Workbook chapter, directly reflects the correlating textbook chapter, providing important reinforcement of the information. The Workbook also features brand-new activities that directly relate to CAAHEP standards, particularly CAAHEP’s Affective Competencies. The Instructor’s Resource Manual details how each chapter’s content conforms to the the specific curriculum standards of accrediting bodies, as well as the content required in various certification exam outlines. An updated Test Bank, PowerPoint Lecture Slides, and set of Lesson Plans round out the new edition’s supplement package.


Personalize learning with MyLab Medical Assisting

MyLab Medical Assisting is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students pursue an adaptive test of their knowledge, practice what they’ve learned, and prepare for their certification exam. Content includes comprehensive Homework Questions, Critical-Thinking Quizzes, Professionalism Scenarios, and sample Certification Exams. This edition features an update of key Procedural Videos, as well as the inclusion of new video-based Decision-Making Cases, Dynamic Study Modules, and Interactive Procedural Checklists.