Medical Assisting

MA 195

Office Practicum

Course Description

The student will participate in a non-paid externship under the direction of a physician and the office manager or supervisor. The externship is structured to provide experience in performing administrative and clinical procedures in a physician office, clinic or ambulatory healthcare setting. The student will interact with other healthcare professionals performing and observing skills of a medical assistant. It is an opportunity that will allow a student to apply theory to practice.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • Successful completion of all academic and medical assisting courses.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the basic functions of the externship site.
  • Explain the skills of the general, clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting.
  • Assess the externship activities.
  • Assess the skills performed and observed.
  • Research a job search as a medical assistant.
  • Develop a resume and cover letter.
  • Compile an office procedure manual.
  • Prepare the application for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.
  • Prepare for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.
  • Complete a Mock Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

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