This course is a planned work-based experience that provides students with an opportunity to fine-tune skill sets learned in course work and enhance workplace skills through supervised practical experiences related to their career objectives. This course requires a minimum of 160 clock hours of work.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The Medical Office Assistant Externship gives the student formal training, the opportunity to work in a medical or office facility, and the ability to familiarize themselves with day-to-day situations and procedures. The graduate of the Medical Office Assistant degree program will benefit from the skills and knowledge that help him or her perform well from the first day on the job. After the completion of this course and all other degree requirements, the student will be eligible to sit for the medical administrative specialist exam through American Medical Technologists.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. Each thread and reply must contain at least 1 citation in current APA format. Threads must also contain at least 1 biblical principle. The required citations must be from peer-reviewed journals, books, governmental documents, or the Bible.
Focused Activity Assignment
The student will answer questions in 12-point font and double-spaced formatting. The student will also format the paper in question and answer style. Answers should be in complete sentences and in the student's own words. The student will provide citations with specific answers and a reference list, at the end, in current APA format if necessary.
Progress Report Assignments (4)
In a paragraph form, the student will share a progress report to update his or her classmates and instructor of progress throughout the course at his or her externship. Each report must contain the total hours spent on the externship from the beginning and provide an account of activities since the last report. The student will mention in what areas he or she has been helping during the externship, one strength, one weakness and how he or she can improve the weakness. This report may be completed in a less formal style of writing, and full credit will be given for completion of the assignment. Each account must contain at least 200 words.
Documentation of Hours Assignments (2)
The student will complete a log of hours worked at his or her volunteer externship. There will be a midterm and final submission, and both must be completed in order to receive a grade. A template is provided.
Cover Letter Assignment
The student will complete a cover letter that does not exceed 1 page. The student will follow the general format given in the assignment instructions.
The student will write a 1–2-page resume that follows the general format given in the assignment instructions.
Experience Paper Assignment
The student will write a 5–10-page paper in current APA format that details his or her externship experience. The paper must include at least 1 scholarly reference in current APA format.
Supervisor Evaluation Assignment
The student must have the provided evaluation template completed by his or her supervisor.