As a student in DCTC's Medical Assistant program, you can make connections in the health care industry through your involvement in a professional organization with a national and state presence. You can also make connections on campus by joining one or more of the more than 20 student clubs and organizations. Civic engagement and service-learning opportunities are a hallmark of the program.
The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) with its affiliate, the Minnesota Society of Medical Assistants, and the local MSMA–South Suburban Chapter provide our students with professional networking opportunites while they are still in college. On completing the Medical Assistant program, our graduates can take the national certification exam to earn the title of Certified Medical Assistant, or CMA. The AAMA offers a variety of continuing education activities as well as record keeping for participation. Sixty hours of continuing education every five years in various content areas is required to re-certify the CMA credential.
Student Clubs and Organizations
The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. PTK provides many leadership and civic engagement opportunities for students. To be eligible for membership, you must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of coursework at DCTC with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Invitations to join the society are mailed to eligible students at the end of each term.
Creating and participating in a civic engagement project is an important responsibility for all clinical medical assistant students. Our students are encouraged to volunteer to work on a project that will serve the needs of a population in Dakota County (DCTC is situated at the exact geographic center of the county). Considerations are made concerning the cost of the project, student time requirements and other ongoing projects in the Medical Assistant program.
Our students supported Safe Haven Shelter for Youth, collecting new items that included twin-size bed-in-a-bags, pillows, towels (bath, hand and washcloths), kitchen towels and cloths, household cleaning supplies, laundry supplies and floor lamps for Safe Haven Shelter for Youth homes, which provide a unique, community-based service to young people in transition from metro, suburban and rural counties in or near the Twin Cities. The program focuses on reunification with families whenever possible through the goal of helping young people increase their self-esteem and confidence, complete educational pursuits, save money, learn independent living skills and transition to a safe, permanent and independent living situation.
Our students served the families of Minnesota troops overseas by participating in Cell Phones for Soldiers. The students received 17 cell phones and collected $187 for the purchase of Hero Bears. The cell phones were converted into calling cards for the troops. The Hero Bears were purchased for the children of deployed Minnesota soldiers.
Service-learning is an activity or action where our students learn a skill, practice a skil, or learn something about their profession. Students need the ability to relate the activity to their education. The activity can be a volunteer project or a part of their normal studies. The practicum course our students are required to take is considered service-learning.
Our students routinely take part in health fairs, providing glucose screening and diabetes risk assessment. They also provide body mass index calculation, including measurement and blood pressure screening. Many educational brochures and some referrals are given.
Rosemount High School students visit our students on a regular basis. The purpose is twofold: students from the high school receive an opportunity to explore health career opportunities and medical assistant students at DCTC gain confidence when interacting with the public.
To learn more about how students in the Medical Assistant program are serving their community as well as what's happening in the health care field, visit the Medical Assistant blog. For a complete list of extracurricular opportunities at DCTC, visit the college's Campus Life page.