Acquiring critical skills, especially in the health care setting, is a must when human lives are on the line. This training is not gained simply by reading books and taking tests; practical application in real medical settings is a necessity in order to graduate competent health care providers. Doing just that, quarter after quarter, one student at a time, happens at Minnesota School of Business-Rochester. Here to share her story is one of our finest medical assistant degree student representatives. Take note–she may be taking care of you someday!
Sandra Campbell is slated to earn her Associate in Applied Science degree in medical assisting in March 2013. Sandra is currently completing her externship (internship) at Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) in Rochester, and she fully embraces the value of gaining the critical knowledge acquired via an externship. In her own words:
“The competencies give an overview of what to expect in the real world,” Sandra says. “Vitals are taken on every patient, which are important to one’s health care plan, along with vaccines that the majority of kids in pediatrics come in for. Learning how to give an injection is important when it comes to your patients. More importantly, double checking that you have the correct dose and vaccine is required. Giving the wrong medication could take a life in the matter of minutes. Asking another co-worker to be sure that you have the correct medication shows that you are careful and thorough with what you are doing. Each and every competency is crucial when learning how to care for patients. Your patients are always your number one priority! This is what my externship means to me.”
Ensuring continuity between why students enroll at MSB and the professional careers they secure because of their training has so much to do with our program chairs.
The role of a program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Rochester is to ensure that our students gain the critical knowledge and skills needed to competently complete the professional requirements demanded by their chosen career field.
In the medical assistant program, students are required to pass numerous competencies or hands-on skills. The skills or competencies that we teach are used by the medical assistants in their role in medical clinics. If students have not successfully learned the “comps,” they will not be able to skillfully assist in the clinic.
During the last quarter of the medical assistant program, students are required to complete 240 hours at a clinic facility. Currently, we have several clinical sites that we rely on to help our students achieve the on-the-job training needed before they graduate. One of these sites is Olmsted Medical Center.
We have built a great relationship with OMC over the years and we have had the opportunity to place many students there for their externship experience.
What type of success is associated with completing externships at OMC and the other facilities? Many of these students have been offered permanent employment opportunities at OMC or other reputable clinics and hospitals.
This is how serious MSB-Rochester is about students’ career ambitions.
Want to get serious about your future medical assistant career? Contact MSB-Rochester at 507-536-9500.