Medical Assistants’ Role in Patient Rights

Course Overview

As a medical assistant, you play an important role in upholding patient rights and ensuring that your patients receive the care they need in a safe and respectful environment.

Course Accreditation

This course has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 3 administrative/clinical/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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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 Assistants’ Role in Patient Rights 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 the medical assistant’s role as it pertains to patient rights
  • Explain patient rights
  • Explain the difference between an advance directive and a living will
  • Explain the reason for patient rights

Course outline

  • 1. Overview
  • 2. Patient Rights
  • 3. Advance Directives Versus Living Wills
  • 4. Reasons for Patient Rights
  • 5. The Consequences of Violating Patient Rights in Healthcare
  • 6. References
  • 7. CE Test


This is a summary of essential elements of the Medical Assistant role as it pertains dealing with patient rights in a healthcare setting and is not to be referred to as a comprehensive guide. Regulation by those that perform these duties 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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