Practice Exam

The Purpose of the Certification Examination

The purpose of the American Association of Medical Assisting is to measure the medical assistant's knowledge, skills and abilities to competently perform the roles and responsibilities of a medical assistant in a manner that meets the standards of practice as established by the American Association of Medical Assisting.

Why a Medical Assistant Graduate Should Take This Examination

It is highly recommended that all graduates of a medical assisting program take this examination and become certified.

Certification is a highly coveted title for your resume and it tells employers and patients that you have not only attended an accredited school of medical assisting but you have also demonstrated high level knowledge, skills and abilities to perform your role according to the national association for your profession.

This certification makes you more employable and more credible to the patients that you care for.

Eligibility for the Certification Examination

Medical assistants become certified by taking and successfully passing the Certified Medical Assistant Examination that is given by the American Association of Medical Assisting.
In order to be eligible to take this examination you must be one of the following:

  • A person who is almost ready to successfully finish a medical assisting program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). This person anticipates completion of this program in 30 days or less.
  • A person who has applied to take the examination less than 12 months after graduation from a medical assisting program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Applying for the Examination

You will have to pay $125 to pay for and apply for this examination. You, or your school, will also have to submit your official school transcript and other information from your school in order to apply for the examination.

What is Included in this Test?

The Certified Medical Assistant Examination is divided into three major parts. These major parts include general roles and responsibilities, administrative roles and responsibilities, and clinical roles and responsibilities.

These major parts and the content for each part are shown below.

General Roles and Responsibilities


  1. Understanding Human Behavior
  2. Human Growth and Development
  3. Death and Dying Stages


  1. Therapeutic/Adaptive Responses to Diverse Populations
  2. Nonverbal Communication
  3. Communication Cycle
  4. Collection of Data
  5. Telephone Techniques
  6. Interpersonal Skills


  1. Professional Behavior
  2. Performing as a Team Member

Medical Law/Regulatory Guidelines

  1. Advance Directives
  2. Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
  3. Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act
  4. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  5. Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA ’88)
  6. Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
  7. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  8. Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
  9. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  10. Medical Assistant Scope of Practice
  11. Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
  12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  13. Consumer Protection Acts
  14. Public Health and Welfare Disclosure
  15. Confidentiality
  16. Health Care Rights and Responsibilities
  17. Medicolegal Terms and Doctrines
  18. Categories of Law

Medical Ethics

  1. Ethical Standards
  2. Factors Affecting Ethical Decisions

Risk Management, Quality Assurance, and Safety

  1. Workplace Accident Prevention
  2. Safety Signs, Symbols, Labels
  3. Environmental Safety
  4. Compliance Reporting

Medical Terminology

  1. Word Parts
  2. Definitions/Medical Terminology

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

Medical Reception

  1. Medical Record Preparation
  2. Demographic Data Review
  3. Handling Vendors/Business Associates
  4. Reception Room Environment
  5. Practice Information Packet

Patient Navigator/Advocate

  1. Resource Information

Medical Business Practices

  1. Written Communication
  2. Business Equipment
  3. Office Supply Inventory
  4. Electronic Applications

Establish Patient Medical Record

  1. Recognize and Interpret Data
  2. Charting Systems

Scheduling Appointments

  1. Scheduling Guidelines
  2. Appointment Protocols

Practice Finances

  1. Financial Terminology
  2. Financial Procedures
  3. Diagnostic and Procedural Coding Applications
  4. Third-Party Payers/Insurance

Clinical Roles and Responsibilities

Anatomy and Physiology

  1. Body as a Whole
  2. Body Systems Including Normal Structure, Function, and Interrelationships Across the Life Span
  3. Pathophysiology and Diseases of Body Systems

Infection Control

  1. Infectious Agents
  2. Modes of Transmission
  3. Infection Cycle/Chain of Infection
  4. Body’s Natural Barriers
  5. Medical Asepsis
  6. Surgical Asepsis
  7. Standard Precautions/Blood-borne Pathogen Standards
  8. Biohazard Disposal/Regulated Waste

Patient Intake and Documentation of Care

  1. Medical Record Documentation

Patient Preparation and Assisting the Provider

  1. Vital Signs/Anthropometrics
  2. Recognize and Report Age-Specific Normal and Abnormal Vital Signs

  3. Examinations
  4. Procedures
  5. Patient Education/Health Coach
  6. Wellness/Preventive Care


  1. Basic Principles
  2. Special Dietary Needs
  3. Eating Disorders

Collecting and Processing Specimens

  1. Methods of Collection
  2. Prepare, Process, and Examine Specimens
  3. Laboratory Quality Control/Quality Assurance
  4. Laboratory Panels and Performing Selected Tests

Diagnostic Testing

  1. Cardiovascular Tests
  2. Vision Tests
  3. Audiometric/Hearing Tests
  4. Allergy Tests
  5. Respiratory Tests
  6. Distinguish Between Normal/Abnormal Laboratory and Diagnostic Test Results


  1. Medications
  2. Preparing and Administering Oral and Parenteral Medications
  3. Prescriptions
  4. Medication Recordkeeping
  5. Immunizations

Emergency Management/Basic First Aid

  1. Assessment and Screening
  2. Identification and Response to Emergencies
  3. Office Emergency Readiness

What Kinds of Questions Are on this Examination?

The complete examination consists of 200 multiple choice questions. Each of these questions will have only one correct answer. Of the 200 questions on the test, 180 of them will be scored and calculated as your final grade on the test. The other 20 questions are considered pretest questions; these will not be calculated into your final grade.

You can see sample questions in our practice test for certified medical assistants.