Tulsa Community College Medical Assistant Program FAQs

 

Q.      When can I enter the program?

A.      Generally, a new class is accepted for August of each year.  However, a student may begin his/her plan of study in January or in the summer with either prerequisite courses or program requirements.

Q.      Does acceptance to Tulsa Community College guarantee admission to the program?

A.     No.  Since there are a limited number of positions in the program, admission is selective based on ACT, SAT, or CPT test scores, previous college performance if applicable, high school performance, and personal interview.

Q.    Can I participate in the program on a part-time basis?

A.     Yes, however, courses must be taken in proper sequence. Courses may not be offered every semester. There is a two year limit for completion of the core courses of the program.

Q.     Does taking prerequisite courses prior to admission into the program guarantee admission?

A.      No, although it would be viewed favorably, particularly if the student has done well.

Q.     How much time per week will I spend at the college?

A.     The MA courses are 50% online courses. They generally meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. The number of hours a student would be in class depends on whether they are full-time or part-time students. Full-time students are in class for about 12 hours per week but they will have coursework to complete on their own time outside of class that could take from 12 -18 hours per week.

Q.    How much time per week will I spend in my clinical externship?

A.     The clinical externship requires a minimum of 200 contact hours working as a medical assistant in an ambulatory care setting which is 40 hours per week for a 5 week period.

Q.    Are uniforms furnished?

A.    No.  Students will be required to purchase their own uniforms, lab coats, and white shoes for use in both their clinical classes and during their externship.  These should not be purchased until students have consulted with the clinical instructor.

Q.    Will I have to purchase any other equipment?

A.    Yes.  Students will be required to purchase a name tag, and appropriate textbooks for the course.  It is also recommended that students have a watch with a second hand and a stethoscope.

Q.    Does the college find a job for me upon graduation?

A.    TCC Career Services and Instructors in the Medical Assistant Program maintain contacts with medical personnel in the Tulsa healthcare community and inform students of job opportunities as they become available.  Many students are offered positions at the clinical sites where they complete their externships.

Q.    Will I be a Certified Medical Assistant upon successful completion of the Tulsa Community College Medical Assistant Program?

A.     No.  Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for and take the national certification examination administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants through the National Board of Medical Examiners.  This test is administered weekly throughout the year at a computerized testing center in Tulsa. Upon successful passage of this examination, the graduate is granted the credential of Certified Medical Assistant (CMA-AAMA).

Q.   Is there a charge for taking the certification examination?

A.   Yes, the cost of the examination is approximately $125.

Q.  Are there any other requirements for the Medical Assistant Program?

A.   Yes. Completion of a national background check for felonies, sex crimes, or terrorism; completion of a random drug screening; completion of a TB test; up-to-date immunizations (MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap, & Flu); completion of a First Aid course, and completion of a Healthcare Provider Level CPR course are all required prior to enrolling in the clinical practicum course. The clinical practicum is the last course completed to graduate with a certificate of achievement in medical assisting.

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