Medical Assistant Seminar

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MOA 262

       Course Name: Medical Assistant Seminar

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MOA 230 and MLT 107, both with minimum grades of C, and concurrent enrollment in MOA 260

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is the capstone requirement for graduation from the Medical Assistant Program.  Class will meet once a month concurrently with the Medical Assistant Practicum experience.  Discussion topics include professional/ethical issues, employment preparation (resume writing, interview techniques), professional development and communication.  Preparation for a national credentialing exam will also be included.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss professional and ethical issues
  2. Explain the role of professional development in healthcare careers
  3. Demonstrate readiness for a national certification exam
  4. Model appropriate techniques for an employment interview
  5. Compose a professional resume

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Issues related to practicum experiences as initiated by student discussions
  2. Professional and ethical issues related to practicum experiences as initiated by student discussions
  3. Resume writing and interviewing techniques
  4. Professional development
  5. Exam reviews and practice for national certification exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Course will combine discussion, written reports from practicum experience, guest speaker, credentialing exam review and strategies, and simulated certification exam.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Class to be held once a month and attendance will be mandatory.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Required text:
Saunders Medical Assisting Exam Review by D. Holmes, Saunders, September 2013

On-line simulated credentialing exam (HESI)

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.


X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be required to complete all practicum forms and a site evaluation and have a satisfactory evaluation from practicum site supervisor. Students must also pass an outside standardized certification exam for successful completion of course. A grading rubric will be used to accomplish this.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.