Medical Assisting in Orthopaedics (6.0 CE and Digital Badge)

Large orthopaedic practices seek medical assistants that have more thorough knowledge of orthopaedic concepts, principles, and terminology. The Medical Assisting in Orthopaedics REACH Certificate Course is designed to advance the skills, knowledge, and competencies of health care professionals who currently work in, or are interested in developing the skills necessary to work in, an orthopaedic office.

This REACH Certificate will help you grow your skill set and increase your value in an orthopaedic workplace through in-depth lessons on the musculoskeletal system, diagnosis and treatment of common orthopaedic disorders, an overview of durable medical equipment, and how to provide high quality patient care in an orthopaedic environment.

When you complete this REACH Certificate, you should be able to: 

  •  Identify and describe the anatomical components of the musculoskeletal system.
  •  Explain how the components of the musculoskeletal system work together.
  •  Discuss common orthopaedic disorders, tests used to confirm the diagnosis, and treatment options.
  •  Recognize and describe medical durable equipment used for orthopaedics.
  •  Be prepared to provide high-quality patient care in an orthopaedic environment.


Deborah Janeczko, RMA(AMT) since 1984, worked as a medical assistant for 15 years in emergency medicine, general practice, and obstetrics and gynecology.  For over 20 years, she was a medical assistant instructor and school administrator/director in postsecondary career and technical education.  Her areas of expertise include medical assisting, distance education, and curriculum development. 

Lisa Toney, CMA, began her 20-year career in Orthopaedics as a Combat Medic/Ortho Technician in the US Army Medical Corps. She has since worked in various Orthopaedic settings, including at Washington University’s Ortho Trauma Clinic, and in her current role as the Lead Cast Technician at Shiner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis, MO.

Sarah VanDenBossche, RMA, works as a Precertification Coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Sarah has been an RMA for 9 years, and previously worked as an RMA at the Orthopaedic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Washington University. She believes in consistent, quality patient care, and has been an AMT member for 9 years.

*Digital Badge Expiration - 3 years from the completion date