Students pursuing a Medical Assistant technical diploma or degree must first meet College admission requirements. Students are selected into the Medical Assistant Program upon the successful completion (minimum of “C”) in qualification courses and ALHT 201 or ALHT 203, submission of completed program application and signed essential requirement form. BPCC must have received official copies of all transcripts from all colleges attended, prior to being considered for admission to the program.
Program classes are scheduled to begin in the fall and spring of each year. Up to twenty students are selected for each program class. Medical Assistant students are assigned to practicum sites during the spring or fall semester. Practicum training (a minimum of 220 hours) is completed at physicians’ offices and clinics throughout Northwest Louisiana. Prior to graduation, the student must take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination conducted by the Certifying Board of the AAMA. Successful completion of the practicum experience, completion of CMA (AAMA) certification exam, and required course work leads to the awarding of the Technical Diploma or the Technical Diploma with the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant. As of January 2001, felons are not eligible to take the AAMA Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination.
ALHT 203 is offered only during the fall semester and ALHT 201 is offered only during the spring semester. The student should successfully complete ALHT 201 and ALHT 203 during the last 2 semesters of the program. With unsuccessful completion in either one of the above two courses, when the other course has been completed successfully; the student may repeat the unsuccessful course a maximum of one time. The unsuccessful course must be completed the next semester it is offered. The Externship/Practicum must be taken within one year of beginning the second course. The Externship/Practicum is the last program course completed. The student must successfully complete ALHT 209 or MOS 107 with a “C” or higher, either prior to or with the Externship/Practicum.
During ALHT 210, the student will be assigned to a physician’s office or healthcare setting, generally for eight hours per day, three to five days a week for 8-14 weeks. Credit for experiential learning is not allowed for the following courses: ALHT 201, ALHT 209, MOS 107, ALHT 203 or ALHT 210.
Students must submit required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier in this section) prior to beginning ALHT 210. Program students are required to pay a clinical fee and a CMA (AAMA) certification fee in addition to regular tuition.