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, provide our students with professional networking opportunties 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 (AAMA)™. 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(AAMA)™ 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.
Service learning allows the medical assistant students at DCTC to interact with the public and gain confidence in their patient care skills.
Our students routinely take part in health fairson campus, providing blood pressure screening and healthy living education.
Rosemount High School students visit our program every spring semester to learn about medical assisting and to see what takes place in our classrooms. The 240-hour Practicum at the end of the program is also considered service learning.
For a complete list of extracurricular opportunities at DCTC, visit the college's Campus Life page.