Medical Assistants and Their Role in Medical Ethics

Course Overview

This course on medical assistants and their role in medical ethics provides an in-depth understanding of the ethical principles and issues that medical assistants encounter in a healthcare setting.

Course Accreditation

This course has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 3 administrative/general CEUs. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the course content or the course provider.

Author Information

Medical Program Director
Dr. Brian Dickens is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) and subject matter expert in the medical assisting and allied health fields.

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PO Box 5005
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Disclosure statement: Dr. Brian Dickens reports having no financial or advisory relationship with any corporate, medical, or political organization doing work related to this educational activity or other business activity.

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Intended Audience

This Medical Assistant Role in Medical Ethics training course is an overview of  the functions that are generally performed by medical assistants who have previously completed the respective training course. This course is intended to keep medical assistants aware of the importance of duties often performed in a front-office/administrative and back-office/clinic setting. It is developed for front-line supervisors, workers, and trainees.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how to provide culturally competent care
  • Describe different cultural groups and their acceptable practices
  • Explain the principles of ethics
  • Understand the patient-centered care model

Course outline

  • 1. Overview
  • 2. Cultural Competency
  • 3. Cultural Groups
  • 4. Principles of Ethics
  • 5. Patient-Centered Care
  • 6. References
  • 7. CE Test


This is a summary of essential elements of the Medical Assistant role as it pertains to medical ethics and compliance in a healthcare setting and is not to be referred to as a comprehensive guide. Regulation by those that perform procedures as a Medical Assistant are obligated to comply with all of its requirements of the agencies and employer and should not refer to this program as a guide of legal information or advice.
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