The selection process for the program component begins each spring and fall. Students should be aware of the following requirements and procedures regarding clinical program selection:
Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science and Technical Diploma must first meet College admission requirements. Students are selected into the Medical Assistant Program upon the successful completion (minimum of "C") in qualification courses and ALHT 201 or ALHT 203, submission of completed program application and signed essential requirement form.
Students selected for the program classes must be available for daytime, evening and possible weekend classes. Upon the successful completion (minimum of "C") of the program training courses and laboratories, Medical Assistant students are assigned to practicum sites. Practicum training (a minimum of 220 hours) is completed at physicians' offices and clinics throughout Northwest Louisiana. During ALHT 210, the student will be assigned to a physician’s office or healthcare setting, generally for eight hours per day, three to five days a week for 8-10 weeks. Successful completion of the practicum experience and required course work leads to the awarding of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant or Technical Diploma in Medical Assistant. A graduation requirement of the BPCC Medical Assistant Program is to take the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination. As of January 2001, felons are not eligible to take the AAMA certified Medical Assistant examination.
Credit for experiential learning is not allowed for the following courses: ALHT 201, ALHT 209, MOS 107, ALHT 203 or ALHT 210.
Students must submit required information for programs with a clinical component prior to beginning ALHT 210. Program students are required to pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition along with the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) Certification/Recertification Examination.