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 and 30 pre-test 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 125 questions and 25 pre-test questions across four areas called “content categories:”
Pharmacology and General Medical Knowledge
Clinical Medical Procedures
Medical Administrative Duties
Law and Ethics
The Pharmacology and General Medical Knowledge 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. In addition, students are responsible for recognizing the typical signs and symptoms of various medical conditions.
The Clinical Medical Procedures category is largest on the NCMA exam. It is divided into four subcategories:
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. The category also addresses office safety requirements, including OSHA guidelines, maintaining Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and complying with accreditation requirements.
Overall, each category on the NCCT NCMA exam ensures your students are prepared to work as a multi-skilled medical assistant.