3 Credits, 3 Contacts

The Medical Assistant practicum focuses first on the business/administration aspect within the clinical setting. It is intended to provide the student with experience in the work environment in the front office area. The second half of the practicum focuses on clinical aspects in the patient care area of the medical clinic. The practicum is 12-15 weeks and requires 200 hours, plus attendance at a twice monthly, 2 hour scheduled seminar, for a total of 12 hours. This is an unpaid educational work experience to be taken concurrently with ALH 290 and after all other coursework in the program has been successfully completed. After successful completion of this course, the student may apply to the American Association of Medical Assisting (AAMA) to write the certifying exam for Medical Assisting (CMA, AAMA).

Prerequisite: Student must have completed all the curriculum courses in the Medical Assistant Certificate program with a minimum of 2.0 GPA in each theory class; a minimum of 2.5 in the administrative/clinical courses, ALH 122, 123, 232, 233; and an overall GPA of 2.5. This course must be taken the semester following the completion of ALH 123 or the student may be required to retake ALH 122 & 123.

General Requirements:

  1. The externship is to extend over a 15 week period.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to negotiate a mutually acceptable work schedule with the agency.
  3. The student and externship supervisor will determine, with the supervisor at the work stations, the duties and requirements of the externship experience.
  4. At least 75% of your major coursework is completed, as determined by the externship supervisor, with an overall 2.5 GPA or above. Except in the Allied Health programs where 100% of coursework must be completed.


Procedure for Enrollment:

  1. An externship must be planned a semester in advance of registration and has the same drop/add deadline date as any other course beginning on the first day of the semester. Externship credit may not be granted on a retroactive basis.
  2. A student will need to meet with the externship supervisor to obtain approval and necessary forms.
  3. The student must complete an externship application, submit a resume and obtain 3 faculty recommendations from current or former instructors in your major area.
  4. Determine with the employer/supervisor a mutually acceptable work schedule, written objectives/duties of the job (signed by both student and employer/supervisor) and a start and finish date. You must turn in verification of hours worked and a completed student evaluation of the extern experience to the externship supervisor.
  5. After acceptance by the externship supervisor and the agency involved, and after returning to the externship supervisor the completed externship Learning Contract, a student may then officially register and begin the course.