Special Topics in Medical Assistant Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

West Campus, Allied Health Building

Office 137

Office Hours

I will be available in my office and for virtual visits. Make an appointment on: email me at:  jmhill@actx.edu


Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

Disability Statement

If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact Disability Services at (806) 345-5639 . Our offices are located in the Student Service Center office 112. More information may be found at www.actx.edu/disability.
Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.

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Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities. This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law. Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.

If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.

Statement for Mental Health and Advocacy & Resource Center:

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is https://www.actx.edu/counseling/ . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is https://www.actx.edu/arc

Amarillo College Tutoring for Success Policy:

The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Administrative Drop Policy

Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

Student Withdrawal Procedures

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

Privacy Statement

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MDCA-1191-001 Special Topics in Medical Assistant


Course Description

Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledges and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(1 sem; 1 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


NHAnow (paid through course fees)

Cengage Unlimited



Access to https://certportal.nhanow.com/register/

Reliable computer and internet access

Amarillo College Picture ID Badge

Program specific scrubs (see dress code)

Pocket size spiral notebook


Student Performance


 Develop time-management skills; apply study techniques; perform test-taking strategies for exams covering content of medical assisting courses.


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior


Amarillo College students should be familiar with the contents of the Amarillo College Student Right and Responsibilities pamphlet. Copies of the pamphlet are free, and may be obtained from the Business Office or from the office of the Dean of Students or may be viewed and/or downloaded at: http://www.actx.edu/president/index.php?module=article&view=131&page_num=1



Grading Criteria

25% Category: TESTS (practice tests through NHAnow.com material). 

25% Category: ASSIGNMENTS  in Cengage Unlimited 

25% Category: CCMA study time in NHAnow.com

25% Category: Final:  CCMA Practice Exam (highest grade from all practice exams) *must be higher than 80% to qualify to take national certification exam.

Total Weight: 100%


This is a mostly online course; however, we will meet in Blackboard Collaborate on Fridays at 1:00 pm.  Attendance is mandatory to stay abreast of any issues or course changes.  As well, we will study and discuss needed study materials during synchronous meetings on Blackboard Collaborate.


Week 1:  Practice Exam 1 in NHAnow.com,

Study these modules in NHAnow.com

Module 1: Health Care Systems and Settings  
Module 2: Medical Terminology  

Module 3: Basic Pharmacology

Cengage Assignments


Week 2:  Practice Exam 2 in NHAnow.com

Study these modules in NHAnow.com

Module 4: Nutrition

Module 5: Psychology

Module 6: Body Structures and Organ Systems

Cengage Assignments


Week 3:  Practice exam 3 in NHAnow.com

Study these modules in NHAnow.com

Module 7: Pathophysiology and Disease Processes
Module 8: Microbiology

Module 9: General Patient Care

Cengage Assignments


Week 4:  Practice Exam 4 in NHAnow.com

Study these modules in NHAnow.com

Module 10: Infection Control

Module 11: Testing and Laboratory Procedures

Module 12: Phlebotomy

Cengage Assignments


Week 5:  Practice Exam 5 in NHAnow.com

Study these modules in NHAnow.com

Module 13: EKG and Cardiovascular Testing

Module 14: Patient Care Coordination and Education

Module 15: Administrative Assisting

Cengage Assignments


Week 6:  Practice Exam 6 in NHAnow.com

Study these modules in NHAnow.com

Module 16: Communication and Customer Service  

Module 17: Medical Law and Ethics

Cengage Assignments

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

05/23/22 3:53 PM

Last Edited on:

05/23/22 3:53 PM