Pearson's Comprehensive Medical Assisting, 5th Edition © 2023

Pearson's Comprehensive Medical Assisting builds students’ confidence through a step-by-step, competency-based approach that involves hundreds of procedures, workplace scenarios, and critical-thinking exercises.

  • Aligns with CAAHEP and ABHES standards
  • New COVID-19 requirements and sensitivity
  • Medical Terminology tables added to A&P chapters
  • Enhanced chapters on clinical laboratory procedure
  • Powerful Pearson MyLab® Course

Medical Assisting CTE Program with Digital Resources

Provide students an overview of a Medical Assistant’s tasks and responsibilities with clinical and critical thinking skills.


Bedside Manner

The text focuses on developing skills such as listening, explaining, and demonstrating to help future patients feel like the only patient during their care.


Visual Learning Supports

Illustrations, diagrams, and photos provide clarity around anatomy and difficult concepts a medical assistant might face while maintaining a high level of student engagement.


ABHES Standards

The new edition of Medical Terminology adheres to the standards of multiple health education organizations, so students finish class ready to contribute in a modern healthcare context.


Flexible Digital Platform

Pearson MyLab® makes course creation easy for teachers then helps them to modify classes and content to suit their students’ needs.

Medical Assisting CTE Curriculum Teaching Solutions

  • Lived Experiences
  • Online Learning Support
  • Quick Look-Ups

Lived Experiences

  • Case Studies
    Case studies provide insight to students around the day-to-day responsibilities of experienced Medical Assistants.
  • Callouts
    Callouts throughout the book place an emphasis on workplace skills and regulatory requirements.

Online Learning Support

  • Assignment Feature
    The Assignment feature allows teachers to customize learning to the individual needs of each student.
  • Workplace Videos
    Engaging videos demonstrate clinical procedures in workplace settings.
  • Skills Checklists
    Skills Checklists help break down day-to-day activities, making them less intimidating for inexperienced students.
  • Professionalism Quizzes
    Professionalism Quizzes put students in real-world scenarios and ask them to make often difficult ethical decisions and judgments.
  • Dynamic Study Modules
    Dynamic Study Modules present assessment questions that adjust to different levels of learners.
  • MyLab Gradebook
    The Pearson MyLab Gradebook feature gives teachers the ability to track students’ progress individually or by class and meet all their reporting requirements.

Quick Look-Ups

  • Appendices
    The appendices provide reference for basic health science skills such as medical terminology.

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Online Platform for your Comprehensive Medical Assisting CTE Program


Pearson MyLab® gives every student personalized tools to succeed. The flexible, online experience combines unrivaled content, assessments, and customization.

Additional Resources for Pearson's Comprehensive Medical Assisting

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • Lesson Plans
  • Answer Keys
  • Pre-made Presentations

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Download Teacher Resources

Downloadable Lesson Plans provide teachers with the Learning Objectives, Teaching Notes, and step-by-step guidance for each lesson.


Downloadable Answer Keys organized by Chapter provide solutions for the Competency Review, Certification Exam Prep, Critical Thinking, and On The Job questions.


PowerPoint® presentations correlate to the content of each lesson, so teachers can easily use them during an in-person lecture or an online class.


Frequently asked questions about Comprehensive Medical Assisting

  • Table of Contents

    UNIT ONE Introduction to Health Care

    • Medical Assisting: The Profession
    • Medical Science: History and Practice
    • Medical Law and Ethics
    • Communication: Verbal and Nonverbal
    • Intraoffice and Written Communication
    • Office Safety
    • Telephone Techniques

    UNIT TWO Administrative Medical Assisting

    • Patient Reception
    • Appointment Scheduling
    • The Medical Office: Facilities, Supplies, and Equipment
    • The Medical Record
    • Medical Insurance
    • Diagnosis Coding
    • Procedure Coding
    • Patient Billing and Collections
    • Banking and Practice Finances
    • Medical Office Management

    UNIT THREE Anatomy and Physiology

    • Body Structure and Function
    • The Integumentary System
    • The Skeletal System
    • The Muscular System
    • The Nervous System
    • The Special Senses
    • The Cardiovascular System
    • The Immune System
    • The Respiratory System
    • The Digestive System
    • The Urinary System
    • The Endocrine System
    • The Reproductive System

    UNIT FOUR Clinical Medical Assisting

    • Infection Control
    • Vital Signs
    • Assisting with Physical Examinations
    • Assisting with Medical Specialties
    • Assisting with Reproductive Specialties
    • Assisting with Care of the Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat
    • Assisting with Life Span Specialties: Pediatrics
    • Assisting with Life Span Specialties: Geriatrics
    • Assisting with Office-Based Surgery
    • Assisting with Medical Emergencies and Emergency Preparedness
    • The Clinical Laboratory
    • Phlebotomy and Blood Collection
    • Basic Hematology and Chemistry
    • Urinalysis
    • Basic Microbiology
    • Radiology and Imaging Tests
    • Electrocardiography
    • Pulmonary Function
    • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
    • Math for Pharmacology
    • Pharmacology
    • Administering Medications
    • Patient Education
    • Nutrition
    • Mental Health

    UNIT FIVE Career Assistance

    • Professionalism
    • Externship and Career Opportunities

    Appendix A The Foundations of Medical Terminology

    Appendix B Glossary of Word Parts

    Appendix C Common Medical Abbreviations





  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?
    Grades 9-12
  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for Introductory Medical Assistance courses.
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available Student Resources include the print Student Edition and digital student access to Pearson MyLab®.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include: Teacher access to Pearson MyLab, Lesson Plans, PowerPoint® presentations, and Answer Keys.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student digital access to Pearson MyLab® can be purchased for 1 or 6 years.

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