Below you will find our third Medical Assistant practice test. All of our Medical Assistant Certification practice tests include fifty questions with thorough explanations. A great way to prep for the RMA and CMA exams.
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The correct position for a patient who is going into cardiogenic shock would be:
A patient identifies himself as John Smith upon registration at the office. The medical assistant should be most careful in checking the patient’s:
primary care physician.
date of birth.
Lawrence Kohlberg is well-known for his theories regarding moral development and ethical behavior. He believed that these relied mainly on:
the age and problem-solving ability of the individual.
the ability of the individual to adapt to change.
the developmental phases of the individual.
the ethical and moral capabilities of the parents.
The kidneys have which of the following effects on a medication?
The medical assistant receives a phone call from a patient who received five stitches after a mole was removed from her hand. The patient asks when she should schedule her appointment to come in and have the stitches removed. The stitches were placed on August 21st, and today is August 23rd. The medical assistant schedules the appointment for:
Which of the following health care workers is not professionally licensed?
When asked, a patient admits to abuse by her husband. “It’s okay though, he doesn’t hurt the children — only me,” she says. This response is a form of the defense mechanism known as:
A new patient is being registered in the computer system and says she has forgotten what her insurance is called, but says that her husband is active-duty personnel of the military. She is on his insurance. The medical assistant lists that the patient has:
Which of the following would be the result of a morphological laboratory study?
ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate)
Cells that are observed to be macrocytic.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
ABO blood type
Heart sounds heard when the blood pressure is being measured manually and listened to via stethoscope are known as:
If the medical assistant has questions about the dosage of a medication order, he should:
verify the dosage with the physician who wrote the order.
call the pharmacy to verify the usual dosage for the medication.
consult the reference book for the usual dosage for the patient.
ask a registered nurse to interpret the order.
Which of the following pieces of office equipment is an output device?
The basic tenet that indicates successful communication is the:
A patient is diagnosed with cystitis. The medical assistant knows that cystitis is an inflammation of the:
The medical assistant is preparing to draw up insulin from a multi-dose vial. She takes an empty needle and picks up the syringe. The medical assistant’s next action is to:
inject air equivalent to the dose of insulin needed.
shake the vial to disperse the medication.
withdraw the correct dose of insulin.
inquire if the physician meant to prescribe this type of insulin.
The medical assistant is preparing to give a medication that must be administered intradermally. She injects the medication correctly at an angle of approximately:
AIDS is considered a viral condition of the _______ type.
A numeric filing system:
is the only practical system for a practice greater than one thousand patients in size.
is the most common filing system.
organizes records according to the patient’s last name.
may include portions of the patient’s social security number.
Which of the following words is spelled incorrectly?
An ‘office policies and procedures’ manual should be updated, at the very least:
only when required by law.
A patient becomes upset after receiving news that her lung cancer has returned. She says, “I don’t want to hear any more about that right now.” The medical assistant replies:
“It is your right to refuse or decline any information.”
“Why don’t you call your husband and we can tell him together?”
“I need to tell you this information for your health.”
“That’s okay for now, but you will have to hear it eventually.”
The medical assistant is given the task of reordering office supplies. He is asked specifically to reorder business-size envelopes, so he orders 500 of:
Which of the following best represents emergency preparedness in an office?
Staff members know they have a list of duties to accomplish as a team.
The backup power source has not been verified yet this year.
The backup power source has not been verified yet this year.
There is one staff member authorized to trigger a full evacuation of the office if necessary.
Which of the following is the correct term for protein that accumulates and hardens in the lumen of the kidney’s nephrons?
Red blood cells.
A patient is being treated for a severe upper respiratory tract infection. Which of the following medications would you NOT expect to see ordered?
Which of the following is an example of utility software?
The practice manager, the day manager, and an employee of a medical office review an employee’s training record and find that he was never trained in how to correctly use the blood glucose monitor. The responsibility to complete this training rests solely on the:
day manager and the employee.
Which of the following vitamins is water soluble?
The medical assistant is in the middle of taking a health history on a patient. The patient suddenly has trouble speaking, but he manages to describe numbness in his right arm. The medical assistant suspects:
a heart attack.
high blood sugar.
A claims form requires entry of which of the following data?
name and social security number only
The document that expresses the wishes of an individual regarding any end-of-life treatment is known as a:
GFEL (guideline for end of life).
power of attorney.
last will and testament.
Which of the following is NOT an adequate source of calcium?
Which of the following surgical methods would be used for photocoagulation therapy?
The physician discharges a patient who has just received a plaster of Paris cast for a broken arm. Which of the following activities should the patient refrain from while the cast is still on?
Walking a dog.
Swimming in a pool.
Reading a book.
Riding a stationary bike.
Which of the following is NOT one of the seven sections of procedure codes listed in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)?
Evaluation and management
Which of the following physicians would be most likely to implement advance scheduling?
Primary Care Physician
A physician who was on call intentionally ignored a direct call from one of his established patients. Based on this scenario and the four “D”s of negligence, which of the following did the physician violate?
Damages or injury must have occurred as a result of the action.
The action must be the direct cause of injury.
The defendant must have an established duty toward the plaintiff.
The defendant must be a licensed physician.
Which of the following is considered a low complexity test (also known as CLIA-waived)?
One of the main benefits of the problem-oriented medical record is that it:
contains assistant notes as well as physician notes.
clearly states a patient’s treatment and progress.
describes all problems and treatments on the same page.
Which of the following is true regarding kidney function?
The kidneys process up to 300 liters of filtrate each day.
Bowman’s capsule is where the kidney filters water and waste from the blood.
Bowman’s capsule is shaped like the letter L.
ADH causes parts of the kidney to become less permeable in order to expel water.
The fifth cranial nerve is responsible for:
A patient has lost a significant amount of blood after a surgical procedure and is thought to be going into shock. The medical assistant could do all of the following EXCEPT:
position the patient with the lower extremities above the heart level.
monitor vital signs.
keep the patient warm under a blanket.
administer oxygen to the patient.
A ratio of 1:10 correctly describes the ratio of disinfectant made from ____ and _____.
apple cider vinegar, bleach
A patient is seen in the office and is complaining of a lump in her lower stomach, a chronic cough, persistent indigestion, and occasionally coughing up blood. These four symptoms are warning signs for:
Which of the following is an important consideration when scheduling seriously ill patients?
It is best to encourage them to discuss how other aspects of their life are going.
It is okay to have them wait for fifteen to twenty minutes in the waiting room because unlike other patients, they do not have a job to return to that day.
They often come alone and will need fewer chairs in the exam room.
They may require additionally scheduled time to accommodate limited mobility.
The medical assistant loads an autoclave with dirty instruments for standard processing time after a long day of surgery. Suddenly, a patient arrives for an emergency procedure and the surgeon asks when the instruments can be used again. The medical assistant answers:
“20 minutes at the longest.”
“15 minutes at the longest.”
“5 minutes at the longest.”
“30 minutes at the longest.”
Sterile technique is required when:
performing a Pap smear.
performing a rectal exam.
removing sutures from a healed laceration.
placing sutures in a new laceration.
Iris, Metzenbaum, and Mayo are all types of the instrument used in surgery known as:
The medical assistant is checking over a letter written by the physician. She notes that a section is correct when she sees:
the closing compliment is 1 line below the body.
the copy notation is four lines below the enclosure.
the postscript is five lines below the last line.
the address in the letter is four spaces below the date.
What is a portable, easy-to-use device, that delivers a therapeutic electric shock to the heart as treatment for a victim in sudden cardiac arrest?