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.
Service-learning is an activity or action where our students learn a skill, practice a skill, 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.
Program service learning project is Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf of Vineyard Community Services and South Metro Vineyard Church www.vcsmn.org.
Vineyard Community Services is one of MN’s largest emergency hunger relief organizations and serves people in crisis throughout the nine-county region of the Twin Cities. Their mission is to serve individuals and families (neighbors) in crisis to meet their basic needs and provide opportunities for self-sufficiency.
DCTC Medical Assistant Students serve during their second semester by greeting neighbors, calling numbers which move the neighbors through the intake process, efficiently and evenly distribute the fresh produce, breads, dry goods and meat into bags, move the carts through a cycle of loading, quality assurance, guest verification and courteous delivering of goods to a neighbor’s car. In exchange for our service, students run a mini clinic in which they screen blood pressure and glucose levels, and provide preventative health care and dietary information. We serve a diverse population, and continue to develop communication and customer service skills as well.
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.
For a complete list of extracurricular opportunities at DCTC, visit the college's Campus Life page.