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Course Description

Medical Assisting - MA 195

Office Practicum (1-15) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

The student will participate in a 180-hour non-paid externship under the direction of a physician and/or 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 skills of the general, clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting.
  • Assess the activities performed and observed while at practicum site.
  • Research job opportunities for medical assistants.
  • Develop a resume and cover letter.
  • Compile a medical office procedure manual.
  • Complete the application for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.
  • Develop a preparation plan for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.
  • Complete a mock Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.
  • Apply legal implications.
  • Summarize pre-employment protocols.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Spring; 2017; MEDICAL ASSISTING; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 5/8/2017

 195227801Office PracticumHybrid3Donahee-Rader M$450.0010/24/0OpenM W  09:00 AM-11:54 AM RC245