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Applying is easy! We have an open-admission policy, which means if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent, you’re in and we can’t wait to see you in the halls.
The Medical Assistant program consists of two semesters of program coursework including a 202-hour clinical externship, which concludes in a Certificate of Achievement and eligibility to sit for the state board exams through American Medical Technologists. Successful completion of state boards results in the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential.
This program prepares students to work as multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained in administrative, laboratory, and clinical processes. Core courses provide training for phlebotomy, sterilization techniques, minor surgery setup, office lab diagnostic procedures, and more. Medical assistants work side-by-side with physicians of all specialties, nurses, and others on the health care team, treating patients of all ages.
Admission Requirements and Relevant Information
- Apply to St. Charles Community College
- Complete the assessment test, when applicable, in the Assessment Center (SC 133)
- Complete ENG 101 (or equivalent) with a C or better
- Apply for the program with an Allied Health Counselor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Once accepted to the program, students must obtain the Basic Life Support - CPR for Healthcare Providers certification before they can begin program coursework. Program coursework begins in the fall, and seats are limited.
- Students must complete a background check and drug screen. Findings may affect admission to the program
- Students must provide their Social Security Number to initiate the background check
- Students must provide proof of active health insurance and immunizations
- Externships occur in the final eight weeks of the program in the spring semester
- Students can expect to attend their clinical externship a minimum of 28 hours per week
- Clinical sites are located within 30 miles of the Dardenne Creek Campus (1 Academy Place, Dardenne Prairie, 63368)
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